Application Procedure for LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law and LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
The law school is pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications for Fall 2015. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 is Monday, February 16, 2015!
Please note that the Law School will continue to accept
applications after our priority application deadline, space permitting.
However, early application filing is encouraged in order to receive an
application decision in a timely manner.
The Admissions Committee reviews files in the order they are completed, on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is to the applicant's advantage to submit the complete application with supporting materials as early as possible.
Applicants will be reviewed once all required documents and the application fee have been received.
Applicants will be evaluated on academic and personal criteria. Academic information to be submitted with the application includes law school transcripts and other university records. Personal information includes extracurricular activities, employment experience, and other biographical information. Recommendations from professors or employers and a personal statement from the applicant are also required. All documents not in English, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be accompanied by an English translation.
- Application Form
Beginning mid-October you may complete the application form and submit it electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) by clicking Apply Online. You may also download the application here. All mailed admission materials should be sent to the following address:
University of San Francisco School of Law
Office of LLM Admissions
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 USA
- $70 Application Fee
If you are mailing your application, payment must be in U.S. dollars by check drawn on an American bank or in the form of an international money order payable to the University of San Francisco. If you are applying electronically through LSAC, you may pay by credit card. If you are applying electronically and are unable to pay by credit card, you may submit your application electronically and mail the $70 application fee to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions with the LSAC Certification Form.
- Personal Statement
This two page statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the USF LLM program, your work experience, education, background, career goals, and other pertinent information. If applying electronically via LSAC, your personal statement may be submitted as an electronic attachment.
- Two Letters of Recommendation
Letters should be from university professors or employers and must be printed on letterhead, signed, and submitted in sealed envelopes. If not in English, the letters of recommendation must be accompanied by an English translation. The letters may be submitted with your application or mailed directly to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions.
- Certification of Finances
Foreign applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must submit the Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents, showing funds covering the nine months of study at the university. Certification may be submitted either with your application or after you are admitted. If an applicant submits the certification early and is subsequently admitted, he or she will receive the documentation required to apply for a visa more quickly. Please click here for information on the cost of attendance, tuition, and fees.
- Financial Aid
The USF School of Law awards a very limited number of
partial tuition scholarships each year to highly qualified international
applicants who would otherwise be unable to pay for the LLM Program. These applicants
must submit a separate written statement with their application materials that
provides details of their finances, including financial documents that
demonstrate the amount and sources of funding available t support their USF
studies. No financial aid application will be considered without this
information. Since funds are limited, it is to the scholarship applicant’s advantage
to complete the application with supporting materials as early as possible.
In addition, a Citibank program offers loans to
international students, who are neither citizens nor permanent residents, if
they have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen as a co-signor. See www.citiassist.com.
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents needing financial aid
may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15
for federal aid and scholarship eligibility. Such students may qualify for a
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of up to $20,000. U.S. Citizens of Permanent
Residents needing additional financial aid information should visit the law
school web site on financial aid at: www.usfca.edu/law/financialaid.
Original transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended are required. The transcripts should show your grades, approximate class rank, and any degree received. If the degree received is not printed on the transcript you must provide a copy of the diploma certificate. If not in English, transcripts and diplomas must be accompanied by an English translation. The transcripts must be sent directly to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions in sealed envelopes by your university. If possible, please provide a grading system explanation sheet from each school.
Applicants can submit their international transcripts through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. To use the CAS, log in to your online account at www.lsac.org and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the LLM Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or email@example.com.
LSAT Scores (for U.S. applicants only)
U.S. law graduates must supply an official copy of their LSAT score.
- English Language Requirement
Strong English language ability is a prerequisite to
admission. For foreign students whose native language is not English, this
requirement may be satisfied by (1) having completed basic legal studies in an
English-speaking country in a university where instruction was in English or
(2) taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or (3)
successfully completing the USF LLM English Language Program (ELP). The
recommended TOEFL score is 100 IBT and the IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants with
slightly lower scores will still be considered for admission.
Applicants should register to take these tests as early as
possible so the scores will be received by the February 16 deadline. Only TOEFL
scores from tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) will be
accepted. The TOEFL score report must be sent directly to USF by ETS. Use
school code number 4792 to ensure the score will be forwarded to the LLM
program of the USF School of Law. For information on taking the TOEFL exam,
visit www.toefl.org.As an
option, applicants that use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service can have
the TOEFL report sent directly to LSAC using the code 0058. The score
will be forwarded to USF along with an evaluation report of transcripts
prepared by LSAC. IELTS testing locations and times may be obtained from www.ielts.org. Only official
TOEFL and IELTS scores from tests taken within two years of your application
submission will be valid.
Otherwise qualified LLM applicants who want to improve their
English language skills and achieve the level of proficiency necessary to be
successful in the LLM degree program, may be admitted to the ELP with the
requirement to take one or two semesters of English language development coursework
at USF prior starting their LLM degree. More information about the program can
be found at www.usfca.edu/law/llm/english/.
All materials and correspondence relating to admission or
your Law School application should be directed to the Law School LLM Admissions
Office. Once submitted, all materials become the property of the School of Law
and will not be retrned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and
any supporting documents for your records.
The Law School Admissions Office will provide login and
password information to all applicants regarding an on-line status check. In
addition, all applicants to the law school will be notified by e-mail once
their application is received by USF, when your application file becomes
complete, and as soon as an admission decision has been reached. Those who
require an early decision may contact the Office of LLM Admissions by telephone
or e-mail to confirm the status of their application. All official decision
letters will be sent electronically or, by request, via mail or courier
University of San Francisco School of Law
Office of LLM Admissions
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080