LL.M. Program Application Materials

Academic Records

Applicants must submit official transcripts or notarized full-sized copies of all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended, including a record of all courses, examinations, and marks.

"Official" means a copy of the original document certified by an officer of your school or by a notary public. Faxed copies and photocopies of academic records will not be accepted. Transcripts must be written in the native language of the school. If this language is not English, the documents must be accompanied by a certified translation. Institutions must send the required documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International applicants applying online through LSAC have the option of submitting transcripts through LSAC's Document Assembly Service. This service is included in LSAC's $75 registration fee for using the online services. Additionally, international applicants using the LSAC system can choose (not required) to register for LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service for an additional fee of $125. By using this system, LSAC will authenticate and evaluate international academic records.

Although not required, the LL.M. Programs also accept transcripts and certified copies of academic documents from EducationUSA and WES. The applicant should contact WES directly to arrange submission. Find more information about EducationUSA and WES online.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers, or others familiar with the applicant's academic and professional qualifications. Personal references will not be accepted. The applicant should familiarize references with the LL.M. Program and have each reference specifically address the applicant's aptitude for undertaking graduate legal study. The applicant should also explain that the admissions committee gives considerable weight to the letters. The recommendation letters may either be sent in sealed and signed envelopes along with the application or sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants must submit a 1-2 page single spaced essay that addresses the following:

  • Why you wish to pursue an LL.M. at American University Washington College of Law.

  • How you think the LL.M. will help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional and personal goals.

  • What employment and other experiences you believe are particularly relevant to your application.

Application Fee

Each application for admission must be accompanied by a $55 application fee which can be paid online through the online application form. The application fee is non-refundable. If necessary, a check or U.S. money order payable to "Washington College of Law" may be sent to the program by mail. All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay's traveler's checks are also acceptable forms of payment. Cash cannot be accepted.

Note that LSAC may charge additional fees separate from the Washington College of Law $55 application fee.

Proof of Competency in English

Applicants whose first language is not English must take one of three tests for English competency, either the TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, or ILEC exam. It is not necessary to take all four. Applications will not be considered complete until exam scores are received. This requirement is waived only for applicants who have received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 ibt (600 paper based test) is recommended for Advocacy, Intellectual Property, and Law & Government.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 84 ibt (563 paper based test) is required for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and International Legal Studies.
    • The institution code for American University Washington College of Law is 8188 and the department code is 03.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • A minimum IELTS score of 7 is recommended for Advocacy, Intellectual Property, and Law & Government.
    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and International Legal Studies.
    • An official copy of the ILETS score can be obtained by contacting IELTS directly.
  • Pearson Test of English – Academic (PearsonPTE).
    • A minimum score of 68 is recommended Advocacy, Intellectual Property, and Law & Government.
    • A minimum Pearson score of 56 is required for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and International Legal Studies.
    • The institution code for Law & Government is X1Q-XN-76.
  • International Legal English Certificate (ILEC).
    • To have your official ILEC scores sent directly to our office, please visit the Verification of Results site, fill in the provided form, and then click the submit button.
    If you are unsure whether you must take an English competency exam, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly.