Application Requirements

Admission decisions are made on the basis of all information provided in the completed application. A completed application contains

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official Proof of Competency in English (for non-native speakers) sent from testing agency
  • Official Copies of Academic Records
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Fall 2014: May 1

    Spring 2014: November 1

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLY EARLY! It can take up to three months (or more) processing time for students to receive their student visa (F-1 visa). We recommend international students apply to the program at least one month before the actual deadline to allow additional time to apply for and receive the F-1 visa.

    Please mail all application documents to:

    Advocacy LL.M. Admissions
    ATTN: Elizabeth Boals
    Washington College of Law
    4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 310
    Washington, DC 20016 USA

     

Application Fee - waived for Fall 2013 applications

 

Each application for admission must be accompanied by a $55 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. 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.

Proof of Competency in English

Applicants whose first language is not English must take one of four tests for English competency, either the TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or ILEC exam. It is not necessary to take all four. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive exam scores. Photocopies of test reports will not be accepted.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper based test or 100 internet based test is required.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE). A minimum PTE score of 68 is required.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required.

  • 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.

Academic Records

Applicants must submit official transcripts or notarized full-sized copies 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: U.S. applicants should send their official transcripts from both their undergraduate studies and their law school.

"Official" means the original document or a copy of your 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 Advocacy LL.M. Program.

The Advocacy LL.M. Program does accept transcripts and certified copies of academic documents from LSAC and WES. Although not required, if you choose to use these services, please put your LSAC number on your application. The applicant should contact LSAC and 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.

The recommendations may either be enclosed with the application in sealed and signed envelopes, or sent directly to the Advocacy LL.M. Program. The applicant should explain to the references that the committee gives considerable weight to the letters.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants must submit an essay describing their reasons for applying to the Advocacy LL.M. Program. This essay should be no more than 500 words in length and should include a discussion of the following:

(a) How you think the Advocacy LL.M. Program will help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional and personal goals, and

(b) What education, employment and life experiences make you a well-qualified candidate for the Advocacy LL.M. Program at WCL?

Notification

Applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed as received. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early. Late applications may be accepted if space is available. Please contact the Advocacy LL.M. Program before submitting an application after the deadline.

Admission decisions are given only in writing. While we strive to make admission decisions within four to six weeks after the application has been completed, some applications may warrant re-evaluation at a later date.

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