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.
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 must either be sent in sealed and signed envelopes along with the application or sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We will not accept unsealed letters or letters forwarded to our office by the applicant.
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.
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.
Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must take a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Kansas exam and meet the minimum scores indicated below. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test.
Exceptions to this policy will be granted to applicants who:
A. Hold a first degree in law from an institution where English is the language of instruction and an official language of the country in which the university is located is English, (see complete list of countries eligible for exception below)
B. Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency (see complete list of acceptable accrediting agencies below).
English language test scores may not be more than two years old. Please visit the sites below to arrange for a test date or to request scores to be sent to American University.
The institution code for American University Washington College of Law is 8188 and the department code is 03.
English Language Minimum Scores
To be considered for admission, the minimum required scores are as follows:
TOEFL 84 ibt or 563 paper based
PTE Academic 56
Kansas 70 or higher on each subsection; 350 or higher on the total score
Duolingo 115 or higher
Please note: The scores above are the minimum scores for admissions consideration. Meeting the minimum score requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. If you do not meet the minimum requirement, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions regarding English Language Programs available through American University.
Applicants who are otherwise admissible but whose English proficiency scores do not meet our minimum, may be offered enrollment in the LLM Pathway Program jointly offered by the Washington College of Law and the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) at American University. To be eligible for the LLM Pathway Program, applicants must have a TOEFL score between 76 and 83, or IELTS score of 6.0. All applicants within these score ranges will be considered fort he Pathway Program.
Students in the LLM Pathway Program will spend one semester at ELTA improving their English proficiency skills through substantive coursework. Successful students will receive grades of "B" or better in order to begin courses at the Washington College of Law.
II. List of Countries Eligible for Exception
- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
* Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.
III. List of Acceptable Accrediting Agencies
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Post secondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing)
North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Post secondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
To ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner, send your application materials to the appropriate address below. Please make sure that your documents are sent to the correct address, as determined by the application method that you used.
Applications submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC):
Law School Admission Council
LLM Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
Newtown PA 18940-8511
Applications submitted using the American University application portal:
US MAIL (USPS)
WCL Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081
Courier Address/Overnight:(FEDEX-UPS-DHL, etc)
WCL Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081