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Students may apply for admission to either the fall term, which begins in August, or the spring term, which begins in January, and may apply to study either part-time or full-time (foreign-trained applicants should note, however, that student visas require full-time study). Please read all the information below before submitting your application. 

 When to Apply

Fall Admission

 Application Period Opens  Application Deadline
 September 1  March 1


Spring Admission

 Application Period Opens  Application Deadline
 June 1  October 1


Rolling Admissions Decisions

We make admissions decisions as we receive applications.  Thus, applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

Late Applications

We accept applications after the application deadline if space is available; however, applicants considering late submission should be aware of course registration dates, typically in the beginning of June for the fall term and mid-October for the spring term.  After the initial registration date, course selection may be restricted as many classes close quickly due to enrollment limits.  If you are admitted after the registration date, we will do our best to help you register for the courses that interest you, but cannot guarantee course availability.  For exact registration dates, please see the law school academic calendar

Please also be advised that if you require a visa to study at Fordham, visa processing times are lengthy and are out of our control.  Fordham's Office for International Services requires several weeks to issue I-20 documentation.  If you are unable to secure a visa before our start date, you will have to defer to another semester.

 Application Options

Applicants may submit their application online either through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) or directly to Fordham Law through our Electronic Application Form.  Applicants may also submit a paper application directly to Fordham Law.  Further details are provided below.

Online Applications

PREFERRED OPTION - LSAC

We strongly recommend that applicants submit their application materials online through LSAC.  LSAC is particularly useful to applicants who are applying to LL.M. programs at more than one law school, as it only requires applicants to submit official documents once.

For an additional cost of $125, foreign-trained applicants may also opt to take advantage of the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service, which evaluates foreign transcripts.  This service is optional, but note that if you do not use this service, we require that foreign transcripts be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system. 

LSAC charges a fee for their application service, which is in addition to our usual application fee (see "Application Fees" below).  Applications for the following term(s) are currently accepted through LSAC:

 



Spring 2015
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Fall 2015
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SECOND OPTION - Fordham Law LL.M. Electronic Application Form

Applicants who do not wish to apply through LSAC may apply directly to Fordham Law by submitting a Fordham Law LL.M. Electronic Application Form.  Applicants must submit their Resume/CV and Personal Statement as part of the electronic application form.  Please be sure that you have both of these documents ready to upload before starting the electronic application, as you cannot save this application form and return to it later.

Applicants should note that the electronic application form is just one part of the application process; applications will not be considered by the admissions committee until all materials are received.  For a complete list of the necessary application materials, please see the section on "Required Application Materials" below.  Please mail all additional required application materials to our office at the following address:

Fordham University School of Law
Master of Laws Program
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131
New York, New York 10023
U.S.A.

Once you submit your application materials, they become the property of Fordham University and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Applications for the following term(s) are currently accepted through the Fordham Electronic Application Form:

 




Spring 2015
>> apply now

Fall 2015
>> apply now
 

Paper Applications

Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize one of the two online application options.  However, applicants who are unable to use the online application may download the PDF application and mail it along with all required application materials to the following address: 

Fordham University School of Law
Master of Laws Program
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131
New York, New York 10023
U.S.A.

 Required Application Materials

Except as noted below, all applicants must submit the following materials:

TOEFL, ILEC, or IELTS Score

All applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International Legal English Certificate (ILEC), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from the United States, any Caribbean Island where English is the sole official language, Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, or the United Kingdom. 

 Examination

 Minimum Score

TOEFL*

100 iBT (Internet-based Test)
250 CBT (Computer-based Test)
600 PBT (Paper-base Test) 

 ILEC

 60

 IELTS

 7



*Fordham University's TOEFL Code is 2264. 

For applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency through our TOEFL, ILEC, or IELTS requirement, we are pleased to offer admission contingent on full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress in Fordham’s Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC).  For more information, visit law.fordham.edu/llm/esl.

Transcripts

Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college, university, graduate, and law school attended regardless of whether the program was completed or a degree was awarded.  Each transcript must be sealed in an envelope sent directly from the institution of study.

Each transcript must show your academic record in detail including courses taken and grade received in each course, degree(s) earned, and the date(s) awarded.  An official ranking in the applicant's law faculty or law school must be provided, if available. 

For all transcripts from a foreign institution or law school, the transcript must be in English and include an explanation of the grading system.  If your school does not provide an English translation of the transcript, a certified translation must be done by the consulate or by a professional agency.  Certified translations must be submitted along with the official transcript in your native language.  If you do not have a copy of your transcript to provide for your certified translation, we suggest that you order two originals from your institution, one official sealed transcript to be sent to Fordham Law and one to be opened for the purpose of translation.

You may use the below transcript request form to assist in your acquisition of your transcript for our program.

LL.M. Transcript Request Form

Personal Statement

A 500-word personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, where you plan to practice in five years, and the contributions you hope to make to the legal profession upon completion of the course of study.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.  Each letter should be from someone who knows you well and can provide a candid personalized evaluation of your potential success in the graduate program.  If possible, at least one letter should be from a law professor or law school dean. 

Letters of recommendation must be written on official letterhead.  If you are applying directly to Fordham Law, each letter must be attached to a completed recommendation request form, available below.  Please send each letter of recommendation together with a completed recommendation request form in a sealed envelope to the mailing address specified above.  Each recommender must sign the back flap of the sealed envelope.  If these requirements are not met, the letters will be rejected and returned the applicant.  We do not accept letters of recommendation by email.

If you are applying through LSAC, please observe their requirements for submission and use their required form (do not use our form).

LL.M. Recommendation Request Form
   
Resume/CV

A current resume or curriculum vitae. Your resume or curriculum vitae should include your complete university educational experience, your complete employment history, and any additional academic or professional activities. Please also include any publications and presentations.

Application Fee

The application fee is $70. For applications submitted after the respective deadline, the fee is $100. This fee is neither refundable nor credited toward tuition or other charges.

If applying electronically through LSAC, you must pay the fee to LSAC using a major credit card.  DO NOT make the payment on this website. 

If you are applying via the Fordham Law LLM Electronic Application or a paper application, you may pay either:

  1. by bank draft or money order payable to Fordham Law School Graduate Program (must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank), or
  2. by credit card (please click here to pay by credit card).