The LLM admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and applicants are notified as soon as an admission decision has been made. We highly recommend you submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible.

The General LLM program has two start dates: mid-May and mid-August, depending on the choice of concentration/program. For priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by the deadlines listed. 

The Executive LLM program also has to start dates: mid-May and mid-August.

To be admissible to the LLM programs, you are required to hold a first professional law degree. For international applicants, the requirement may be fulfilled by an LLB or its equivalent from an accredited or comparably recognized law school outside the United States. For domestic applicants, a JD is required.

The application is available online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LLM program direct application is available here

Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the LLM program.


  • You can start the LLM program or the Executive LLM program in either May or August. 
  • The two-year LLM+MBA program starts only in May. 
  • Students with some development background start the two-year LLM+MA-SID program at Northeastern in May.
  • Students with no development background start the two-year LLM+MA-SID program at Brandeis in the fall. 

Dates and Deadlines

LLM or Executive LLM (summer)

Program Start: 
May 15 

Application Deadline: 
February 1

LLM or Executive LLM (fall) 

Program Start: 
August 14 

Application Deadline: 

May 1

LLM+MBA (two-year dual degree)

Program Start: 
May 15

Application Deadline: 
February 1

LLM+MA-SID (two-year dual degree)

Program Start: 
May 15

Application Deadline: 
February 1

Application Check List

  • Northeastern School of Law LLM Application Form (available through the Law School Admission Council or via our website).
    Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program. The application is available via the "Apply Now" tab on our website.
  • $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver (please contact to inquire about a fee waiver for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Application Fee)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two-page Personal Statement of Purpose
  • *Two letters of recommendation
  • *Official transcripts; if international, transcripts should be translated into English and evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service
  • *Score reports for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  if English is not your first language, or you have not conducted your first law degree studies in English. 
  • *The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required, but applicants who have taken it should submit a report of their score.

*Note: If you apply through the Law School Admission Council, your LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report will include your letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores.

Once admitted to the LLM Program, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 to secure your place in the class. Admitted students who are not US citizens and who need an I-20 for a student visa application or for a change of immigration status will be required to provide documentation of financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of the LLM Program and all living expenses that will be incurred while pursuing the degree.

LLM Credential Assembly Service
The LLM Program at Northeastern University School of Law accepts applications directly or through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Students who apply through LSAC should register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) provided by LSAC. This service collects and authenticates your academic records and letters of recommendation, and (if applicable) your TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report. Once complete, LSAC sends the CAS report, including all your documents and evaluations of any international transcripts, to Northeastern University School of Law. To use the Credential Assembly Service, register for an account at and follow the instructions to register for the service. Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at +1 215-968-1001.

Transcripts for all previously attended colleges and universities, law schools and graduate schools must be sent directly by the schools to LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) or to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.

Standardized Tests
Applicants to the LLM Program whose language of instruction for their first law degree was not English should provide a TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report.

The TOEFL iBT® is offered by:
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
Phone: (609) 771-7100

Contact the ETS and request that your TOEFL score be sent directly to LSAC or directly to Northeastern. The TOEFL code for LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395; the TOEFL code for Northeastern University School of Law is 3658. The ETS website can provide current information about test registration and scheduling. Northeastern University School of Law also accepts an official IELTS score report. Test scheduling and registration information for the IELTS exam can be found on the IELTS website. 

Applicants should achieve a score of 85 or better on the TOEFL iBT® or an IELTS overall band score of 7 or better, but those test results are not absolute cut-off points, nor are they sufficient in and of themselves.  Standardized test scores will be considered together with an applicant's experience using English at school, work, or in everyday life; a written personal statement of purpose; and an oral interview (in person or via the Internet) in order to determine linguistic readiness to take on advanced legal study in English.  Candidates may also be asked to submit an additional English writing sample on a legal topic. 

The LSAT is not required for entry into the LLM Program, but applicants who have taken it should submit their score.

Once an applicant has submitted all the necessary documentation for admission, the LLM Program will make an initial determination of the applicant’s admissibility. Those applicants who are determined to be admissible on the basis of their documents will be invited to schedule a personal interview with a representative of the LLM Program – in person, if possible, or via the Internet.

Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted by their recommenders, either directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program or through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which is part of the CAS registration; a maximum of three letters of recommendation may be submitted. We suggest that applicants select individuals who have first-hand knowledge of their academic work, intellectual and personal qualities, and other characteristics that make them a strong LLM candidate.

All applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae as part of the application. The resume may include academic and professional honors received (e.g., prizes, scholarly awards, membership in honor societies, recognition/service awards); extracurricular and community activities; work experience; and references for any scholarly publications.

Personal Statement of Purpose
All applicants must provide a personal statement of purpose, written in their own words. The personal statement should be two pages, double-spaced, and it should discuss the applicant’s reasons for applying to the Northeastern University School of Law’s LLM Program, and it should explain how the degree relates to the applicant's professional and personal goals.

Mailing Address

Northeastern University School of Law
LLM and International Programs 
Attention: Patrick Cassidy 
416 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02115

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