How to Apply to the LLM in Taxation Program
The LLM in Taxation application is now available online through the Law School
Admission Council at www.lsac.org. The application is
also available for
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
If you have
any questions regarding the information below, please contact the Law School
Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415)
January 6, 2014, you may download the
application materials should be sent to the following address:
of San Francisco School of Law
Office of Admissions
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Jan. 9, 2014, you may complete the application form online and submit it
electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at: www.lsac.org. If applying
electronically, please do not need to submit a hard copy of your application to
the Admissions Office.
Please be sure to sign and date your
application. If applying electronically, please use the electronic
certification function. Unsigned applications will not be transmitted to USF.
All required sections of the application must
be completed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
application fee for all Fall 2014 applicants will be waived.
Admissions Committee requires that each applicant submit a personal statement
to supplement the application form. The statement should focus on your reasons
for applying to the USF LL.M. in Taxation program, and your preparation for the
LL.M in Taxation program. The Committee is interested in your personal
experiences, background, and accomplishments.
factors that are helpful to the Committee include co-curricular activities,
areas of interest, past or present employment, and college or J.D.
honors. If applying electronically via LSAC, your personal statement may
be submitted as an electronic attachment. Personal statements tend to
average 2 to 4 pages in length; however, there is no page limitation to the
personal statement. A resume is not required but recommended. It
should not be used in lieu of questions asked on the application.
applicants are required to complete or have completed a Juris Doctorate (JD)
degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school by the time
classes begin in August. International students are eligible to apply
only if they have completed a law degree (equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate
degree) from their home country or will have completed the degree by the time
classes begin in August.
transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended are required.
The transcripts should show your grades, approximate class rank (if
applicable), and any degree received. If the degree received is not printed on
the transcript, you must provide a copy of the diploma or certificate.
Students: If transcript and/diplomas are not in English, they 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
can also submit their transcripts through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly
Service (LLM CAS). This service is included in the LLM CAS subscription fee.
For transcripts received from institutions outside of the U.S. an International
Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of
Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be
incorporated into your LLM CAS report.
To use the
LLM 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 LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
Letters of Recommendation
Admissions Committee requires two (2) letters of recommendation in support of
your application. An optional third letter may be submitted, but no more than
three letters of recommendation will be considered for one application.
Although the Committee will accept recommendation letters from any two
individuals designated by the applicant, the Committee suggests:
If possible, have the two recommendations
completed by law school faculty members (or administrators) with whom you have
studied. If you have been away from school for a considerable time, you may
wish to substitute other individuals, including supervisors and business
colleagues, with whom you have had more recent contact.
Choose individuals who have had substantial
and recent opportunity to observe your professional and/or academic promise.
Recommendations from people who have not had such opportunity are of little
assistance to the Committee and your application.
also submit your letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of
Recommendation Service, which serves all member schools. This
service is included in your LLM Credential Assembly Service registration (LLM
CAS). Your recommendations will be copied and sent to us along with your LLM
Requirements for International Applicants:
Language Requirement - International Students Only
English language ability is a prerequisite to admission. For foreign students
whose native language is not English, this requirement may be satisfied by
having completed basic legal studies in an English-speaking country in a
university where instruction was in English or by taking the Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receiving a score of 600 PBT,
100 IBT or
higher. Applicants should register to take the test as early as possible so the
scores will be received by the February 15 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.
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
accept an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score
report. Fluency in English, equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0, (with
no single band score under 6.0) is required. 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.
Certification of Finances - International Students Only
applicants (those who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents) must submit
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
international applicant submits the certification and a copy of the passport
identity page early and is subsequently admitted, he or she will receive the
documentation required to apply for a visa more quickly. Please visit the above
web site for information on the cost of attendance, tuition, and fees.
Information for All Applicants:
and Fitness Updates
applicants are required to complete the disclosure questions in the Character
and Fitness section of the Application. USF requires applicants to
disclose any issues related to academic probation, suspension, disqualification
(particularly from a previous law school). In addition all applicants must
disclose any felony or misdemeanor charge, arrest, conviction, or pending
adjudication including a DUI (or any alcohol or drug-related offense). This
includes any charge, arrest or conviction that may have been dropped or
expunged. Information should include the date of each incident, full
explanation of the incident, including the name of the charge, and the
final disposition of each charge.
addition, all applicants are required to notify the School of Law if any
changes to the information included in their Application for Admission
occur after the application has been submitted. In particular, all applicants
must immediately notify the Director of Admissions if any new academic
probation, suspension, disqualification issues arise, or if any new
charge, arrest or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor takes place
after submitting the application.
is any of the following: (1) a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, (2) a verdict
or finding of guilt regardless of whether sentence is imposed by the
court. The Bar Examiners will receive reports of any such convictions from law
admitted applicants are required to immediately submit a detailed written
description of new disclosures to the Law School Office of Admissions if
an incident occurs AFTER an offer of admission is made and to the Office of the
Assistant Dean for Academic Services if an incident occurs AFTER classes
begin. Information disclosed after an applicant has been offered admission
will automatically result in a re-evaluation of the applicant's file.
disclose any changes to your application or any of the Character & Fitness
information noted above, may result in revocation of your admission decision,
dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded by USF School of
Law, denial of admission to the Bar, and referral to the LSAC Subcommittee
on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process.
School of Law awards a limited number of tuition scholarships each year to
highly qualified applicants. All applicants are reviewed for merit based
scholarship aid at the same time they are reviewed for admission. No
additional documents than those listed above are required.
Citizens or Permanent Residents needing additional financial aid may submit the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 for federal aid.
Such students may qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of up to
$20,500 annually. Additional federal aid is available through the Federal
Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, a credit based loan offered through the federal
government. U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents needing additional
financial aid information should visit the law school web site on financial aid
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.
materials and correspondence relating to admission or your Law School
application should be directed to the Law School Office of Admissions.
Once submitted, all materials become the property of the School of Law and will
not be returned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and any
supporting documents for your records.
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.