LLM Application How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission - May 1 (program starting in late August 2014)
Spring Admission - October 1 (program starting in early January 2014) EXTENSION: US citizens/permanent residents and international students currently studying in the US on a student visa can apply until December 1

International Applicants: We strongly encourage you to apply early as it can take up to three months (or more) processing time to receive a student (F-1) visa.

Applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed on a rolling bases. Late applications may be accepted if space is available. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions before submitting an application after the deadline.

How to Apply

There are three ways to apply to the International Legal Studies Program. Applicants should choose one method for applying to the LLM. While our 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 Application through American University | APPLY NOW

  • Fall 2014 applications through American University's online system are now available.

2. Online using the LSAC application system and services | APPLY NOW for Fall 2014

  • Fall 2014 applications through the LSAC system are now available.
  • Please note that LSAC charges a $75 registration fee to use their online application system. This fee applies only to LSAC services – applicants will still need to submit the ILSP application fee of $55.

3. Paper Application | APPLY NOW

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.

Dual degree applicants:
Applicants applying to the dual LLM/MBA or LLM/MIS programs must first submit their application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Once your LLM application is complete, we will forward it to the Kogod School of Business or the School of International Service for review.


Please mail all application documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 309
Washington, DC 20016 USA

Application Fee

Each application for admission must be accompanied by a $55 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable. Make checks or U.S. money orders payable to "Washington College of Law." All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. We also accept American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay's traveler's checks. Postal money orders from other countries are not acceptable. Please do not send cash.

Academic Records

Applicants must submit official/attested transcripts of previous law school work, including a record of all your courses, examinations, and marks, and an official certification of the law degree received from a U.S. law school or from a recognized international institution. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants educated in the U.S. should send their official transcripts from both their undergraduate studies and their law school.

"Official/Attested" means a copy of your original document certified by an officer of your school. 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 (if using the AU online application system or paper application).

International applicants applying online through LSAC have the option of submitting their transcripts through LSAC’s Document Assembly Service. This service is included in LSAC’s $75 registration fee for using their 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 your academic records and forward them to our office directly.

Although not required, ILSP does also accept transcripts and certified copies of academic documents from EducationUSA and WES. The applicant should contact WES directly to have them send us your documents. Find more information about LSAC and WES.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers, or other persons qualified to recommend them for graduate study in law. Please do NOT send more than two letters of recommendation, as any extra recommendation letters will be disregarded from your application.

Candidates are requested to use the recommendation forms provided in the application. The recommendations may either be enclosed with the application in sealed and signed envelopes, or sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via mail. The applicant should explain to the references that the committee gives considerable weight to the letters.

NOTE: Applicants using the LSAC online system can have their recommenders submit their recommendation letters through LSAC or send them directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via mail.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their long-term and short-term career goals in the field of international legal studies. This statement might include reference to a specific position that the applicant seeks to attain, or to an area of international law where the applicant plans to make a contribution.


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