Application Procedures

Application Deadlines


Due to visa requirements, the LL.M. Programs have an earlier application deadline for all international applicants who need to a request a visa.

Fall Admission

  • International Students - May 1
  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Students - July 1*

Spring Admission

  • International Students - October 1
  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Students - November 1*

*Under certain circumstances, the program can extend the application deadline for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly to see if you qualify for this exception. Due to visa processing times, any applicant requiring a visa must adhere to the posted deadlines.

How to Apply


There are several ways to apply to the LL.M. Programs. Applicants should choose one method for applying. Please apply directly to the program in which you are interested. If you would like to be considered for more than one program, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions directly. While the online application options are strongly preferred due to ease of processing, students who have difficulty accessing the online options may submit a paper application.

1. Online using the LSAC application system and services

  • LSAC Applications (Available for ALL Programs)
  • Please note that LSAC charges a $75 registration fee to use the online application system plus additional fees for processing international transcripts. These fees apply only to LSAC services – applicants will still need to submit the LL.M. Program application fee of $55.

2. Online Application through American University

3. Paper Application

Application Instructions


All applicants must submit the following information in order to have a completed application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received. Admission decisions are made on the basis of all information provided in a completed application.

  1. Application Form (Online or Paper)
  2. Official Copies of Academic Records
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  4. Personal Statement
  5. $55.00 Application Fee
  6. Official Proof of Competency in English (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ILEC) for Non-Native English Speakers  

Please review the individual LL.M. Program pages for program specific information and academic requirements.

Note: All materials submitted to Washington College of Law become the property of Washington College of Law and cannot be returned.