The General LLM program allows the student to design his or her own course of study in order to examine a range of issues in U.S. law. Students working toward the General LLM should consult with the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the designated thesis adviser in order to design a comprehensive program of study tailored to the student’s specific needs. Students may wish to concentrate their studies in one or more areas, such as constitutional law, criminal law, labor law, corporate law, or health care law, but may select courses from all areas of the curriculum. Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 20 credits are required. If the thesis is waived, an additional 4 credits, including two graded on the basis of a research paper, are required.
Master of Laws candidates may follow a program of general study, which may be individually adapted, or they may concentrate in one of the specialized fields listed below.
All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including coursework that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining coursework.
Applications for the Fall and Spring semesters are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority review, especially for scholarship consideration, applications for Fall admission should be received by March 15 but will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis until June 1. For Spring admission, the priority deadline is November 1.
Applicants with a JD from a U.S. or Puerto Rico law school must hold a BA or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a JD or equivalent degree from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Applicants with a law degree from a law school outside of the United States must have earned the degree from a recognized institution. Non-U.S. law school graduates may also need to meet the minimum language test requirement (see below).
All candidates for admission must have demonstrated excellence in academic standing and professional achievements or positions indicating their capacity for performing masters level work.
All LLM applicants must submit the following to be considered for admission:
- A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of US $80
- Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended
- Two original letters of recommendation, accompanied by the enclosed recommendation form
- A brief essay describing the applicant’s professional goals and areas of interest for the study of law (question 36 on application)
- If applicable, an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Students whose initial law degree was earned from a non-U.S. law school where English is not the language of instruction are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test and receive a score in the 100-point range on the Internet-based TOEFL test or in the 600-point range on the paper-based TOEFL test. Those taking the IELTS test must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Test scores are reported to the Law School six to eight weeks after the test is taken; therefore, applicants are advised to check with TOEFL or IELTS for information well before the semester for which they are applying. For the TOEFL, the Institutional Code for GW Law School is 5246 and the Department Code is 03. For the IELTS test, list the George Washington University Law School to receive a score report. If English was the medium of instruction for an applicant’s university education, please include documentation from the university registrar.
- A résumé or CV is required
Note on transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Graduate Programs Office, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Unofficial records sent by the student will not be accepted. Applicants should request that their law school transcript(s) include the grade point average for work leading to the degree and class standing at the time of graduation.
All applicants are considered for a scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application.
The following scholarships are available for LLM applicants:
- The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship for Graduate Research in Intellectual Property Law is awarded annually to LLM candidates. Preference will be given to a candidate specializing in the pharmaceutical field.
- Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship is awarded to a student or students in the Environmental Law program who will assist the program director on a part-time basis.
- Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship covers full or partial tuition and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
- Ben Gupta Endowed Fund for International Legal Education provides need-based scholarships to students from the developing world.
- The Licks Attorneys LLM Scholarship provides tuition assistance to Brazilian law school graduates.
- Richard P. Momsen Fund for Brazilian Law Graduates provides tuition assistance to Brazilian law students with a special interest in U.S. constitutional law or intellectual property law.
Additional Details for International Students
As an international student applying to the law school, you must be prepared to fund all of your educational and living expenses. You are not eligible for GW Law need-based grants.
U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to qualify for federal loans. If you do qualify as a U.S. or permanent resident, please review our Federal Stafford and GradPLUS loan pages and the Apply for Aid page. Otherwise, you may borrow commercial, not federal, education loans only if you obtain a credit-worthy U.S. cosigner.
You will need to provide a statement of adequate funding in the amount of the cost of attendance in U.S. dollars for each year of the three-year, full-time JD program, or your expected LLM or SJD program, from your own (or your sponsor's) funds to cover educational and living expenses. The law school does not provide need-based tuition grants, tuition waivers, or graduate teaching assistantships to international JD candidates.
You are required to be covered by a health insurance policy.
Non-U.S. law school graduates seeking financial assistance to attend the LLM program should contact the International Graduate Programs Office for more information.
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Last updated November 12, 2018