The Illinois LLM program is grounded in the learning partnership approach, where dedicated faculty and staff together with an exceptional JD student body introduce LLM candidates to U.S. law and professional life. It is a partnership where success will require a student who is committed to professional advancement and is prepared to work towards that goal.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) from an approved school listed on the International Association of Universities List of Higher Education Institutions. Full consideration for admission to the LLM program will be given to applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in law or a bachelor’s degree in a subject outside law.
To apply, please complete the LLM application available at either LSAC or the University of Illinois Graduate College. The application fee has been waived for the coming year. Please select “eligible for a fee waiver” if applying through the University of Illinois Graduate College.
The College of Law is partnered with the International Judicial Academy LLM Elite Education Program, which is designed for Chinese law students and lawyers who plan to pursue the LLM degree in the U.S. Learn more about pursuing a law degree at Illinois through the International Judicial Academy.
Application requirements include:
- Completed application
- Statement of purpose
- Certified transcripts and credentials
- Two letters of reference
- TOEFL or IELTS score reported from ETS or IELTS
- Copy of passport page
Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose should be a short (250 to 500 word) essay which tells us something about you that we won’t see in your application, including why you want to complete an LLM degree and your career goals.
Character and Fitness
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in the United States involves character, fitness, and other qualifications. For information on eligibility to take bar examinations and other qualifications, applicants may consult the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Certified Transcripts and Academic Credentials
International applicants for graduate study must submit official or attested copies of academic credentials from all universities and colleges attended, in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal. Academic credentials include mark sheets, certificates, transcripts, and examination results and must include all coursework, grades and degree information. For each college or university attended, provide a credential in the original language, and an attested English translation.
TOEFL or IELTS Score
All applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit an official score result from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test scores are valid for up to two years prior to the program term of entry (August).
The minimum TOEFL score is 80 internet-based. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 with subscores of 6 or higher on all four modules (Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading).
For TOEFL, please use institution code 1836.
Students begin the program only in the fall semester and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible after September 1. The preferred application deadline is February 15, but applications will be considered until May 1.
The LLM applications are processed on a rolling basis beginning in November until approximately May 15 to allow adequate time for document preparation and visa processing.
To hold a place in the incoming LLM class, students are required to pay a non-refundable $750 seat deposit by the deadline date provided.
Once a seat deposit is received, the College of Law will review all credentials for University of Illinois I-20 processing. To ensure timely receipt of the I-20, applicants are urged to respond as quickly as possible to any requests for additional documentation.
Once your credentials and file are submitted and approved, your I-20 will be issued by the University of Illinois. It will be sent along with your admission letter to the address you provide. This process may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Annual Security Report
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available. This report includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and statistics for fires in on-campus student housing. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and other safety information along with fire safety policies and procedures. You may obtain a hard copy of this report by contacting the Division of Public Safety or by accessing the following website.