MASTER OF LAWS PROGRAMS : ADMISSION PROCESS
Admission to our Master of Laws Programs is based on overall academic performance with particular emphasis on law school academic achievement, work experience, seriousness of purpose, letters of recommendation, resume, and the student's personal statement.
Interviews are not required although a student may request an interview with the Chair of the Graduate Law Admissions Committee, or the Chair may request a meeting to clarify some part of the application process.
The Graduate Law Admissions Committee operates on a rolling admissions basis. A candidate is notified as soon as a decision is made. For fall admission, review of applications begins in November and continues throughout the spring. For spring admission, review of applications begins in March and continues throughout the fall. It is to the applicant's advantage to complete the process early.
For graduates of US Law Schools
For graduates of US law schools, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required. The applicant must have demonstrated academic excellence in earning the first law degree.
For graduates of non-US Law Schools
Applicants seeking admission to the LL.M. degree program must have earned a law degree with high academic standing from a duly-accredited foreign university. Applicants also must demonstrate that they possess the requisite English language skills to undertake and complete their course of study. Applicants should be aware that no remedial language assistance is available for graduate students. Applicants who received their law degree from an institution in which English is not the language of instruction must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Although the Law School considers each application in its entirety, applicants with the highest likelihood of admission to the Law School will have attained a score of at least 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based) or a score of 7.0 on IELTS. Some otherwise qualified applicants may need and benefit from additional English language instruction before being admitted to the LL.M. degree program. On a case by case basis, applicants may be admitted conditionally, subject to satisfactory completion of a course of English language study and subsequent reevaluation of their English language proficiency.
Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to TOEFL Educational Testing Service http://www.toefl.org/ , Box 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155, USA (609) 921-9000. Please use the Suffolk University Law School code number, 3771-03, when asking the Educational Testing Service to send us TOEFL score reports. Information about IELTS may be found at http://www.ielts.org/.
Applicants from foreign undergraduate and graduate programs may register with the World Education Services (WES) for transcript certification. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to WES who will provide the Law School with an evaluation of the applicant's academic record. Applicants may obtain information from World Education Services by contacting them at WES, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY, 10274-5087 or PMB 006, 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA (212) 966-6311 (telephone), (212)739-6100 (fax), http://www.wes.org.
Applicants may also use the Law School Admission Council's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). See http://llm.lsac.org. Applicants who utilize CAS may also submit their electronic LL.M. application directly through LSAC. However, applicants are not required to do so. They may submit their applications directly to Suffolk Law School.
Important Notice for Mexican Applicants
Graduates of the LLM in Global Law and Technology are eligible to receive the “titulo” from Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, upon petition and satisfaction of an oral exam. Graduates of other law schools in Mexico should inquire of their own International Offices about this alternative way of becoming an “abogado”.
Full Time (Residency duration 1 to 1½ years)
Students enrolled in the Full Time LLM program must register for at least 9 credits per semester.
Students must remain in good academic standing. Part Time (Residency duration 1 to 3 years)
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