Criteria for LL.M. Admission
- Applications must be received by March 1, unless otherwise permitted.
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- Early applications are strongly encouraged, as the Admissions Committee may utilize a "rolling admissions" policy, beginning in early February. Applications ordinarily will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until all required information, including TOEFL score, has been received.
- All LL.M. candidates must be JD/LLB graduates of an ABA approved law school in the United States, or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located, prior to enrollment.
- Candidates for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (generally, TOEFL paper-based test scores of 100 IBT (internet-based), equivalent to 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based).
The University of Arizona's Center for English as a Second Language offers excellent short courses in English (see CESL), which may be arranged at the student's cost prior to enrollment for the LLM, if a student's TOEFL is close to but does not meet the required level.
- A "conditional admission" may be requested in such a case, but requires an acceptable TOEFL score report be received no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the program.
Other factors given primary consideration in the admission process include:
- Academic record in achieving the first law degree and in other studies;
- Recommendations of professors or employers;
- Evidence of interest and ability in the field of international trade and commercial law, including publications or relevant work experience;
- Evidence of a commitment after graduation to teaching at the law school level, government service or international law practice;
- Fluency in a foreign language for students for whom English is the first language; and English fluency for foreign students.
The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, Veteran's status, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment and educational programs or activities.
Given the small size of the program and its unique attributes, admission is highly competitive.
Admission Instructions and Procedures
Interested candidates should apply by submitting the following:
- Completed and certified on-line application;
- Non-refundable application fee of $75.00, in U.S. dollars.
Original transcripts or certified translated copies (with grades) in English, of your law degree and other degrees (when applicable)
Original or certified translation of your Certificate of Law Diploma, and other degrees (when applicable).
- A minimum of two (maximum five) personal recommendations to be provided by professors, employers or other persons who know the applicant well and can address in detail the candidate's analytical abilities, writing skills, unique talents and personal qualities (email contact information to be entered as a part of your on-line application);
- Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test report must be received directly from ETS (institution = 4832, dept = 03),
- Copies of any relevant published works (in English);
- A current resume or CV;
- A personal essay (no more than eight double-spaced pages) summarizing the candidate's qualifications for and interest in the program, along with career objectives;
- the Arizona domicile affidavit. This document is not a federal immigration law form; it is required by the University administration to determine students' residency status;
- Completed Scholarship application form (if program aid is requested);
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to seek additional information or clarification in appropriate circumstances, including a personal interview or independent confirmation of prior degrees.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the College of Law's website for more information regarding the faculty and course offerings, as well as current calendar, schedule, library and other information.
Questions relating to the LL.M. program should be addressed to:
Professor David A. Gantz
Director, International Trade and Business Law Program
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law
1201 E. Speedway Blvd.
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0176 U.S.A.
Telephone: (520) 621-1801
Facsimile: (520) 621-9836