Apply for American Legal Studies – Online or Resident
There are no set deadlines for LL.M. in American Legal Studies applications. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
There are two methods for applying to the American Legal Studies LL.M. programs.
Option 1: Apply electronically via LSAC (Law School Admission Council). Please visit the LSAC website for account access or to create a new account.
Option 2: Apply online by completing the John Marshall LL.M. Application. Please complete and submit the form in one sitting as the form cannot be saved.
Candidates for the LL.M. in American Legal Studies must meet the following criteria:
1. Possess the Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the foreign-educated lawyer’s home country;
2. Possess a degree equivalent to the J.D. degree whether at undergraduate or graduate level, in the lawyer’s home country;
3. Demonstrate a record of accomplishment in previous education predictive of academic success in response to the special demands of the LL.M. in American Legal Studies program; and
4. Be admitted to the practice of law by the relevant authorities in the lawyer’s home country.
Candidates will be granted admission to the LL.M. program if their application reflects a history of educational and work experience that demonstrates a high likelihood that the candidate will be successful in graduate level study.
Application Materials Checklist
If you are applying for the American Legal Studies LL.M. via LSAC, you will find complete application instructions, including a list of required documents within the application at the LSAC website. Required materials:
- Application form
- A personal statement addressing why the candidate feels that he or she will be able to successfully complete the LL.M. program
- Official transcript from the institution granting the degree in law
- Two Recommendations, one of which must be professional. Download Recommender cover letters and instructions here.
- Official TOEFL report (if applicable)*
- Application fee of US $50
LL.M. candidates who received their legal education in a language other than English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. English proficiency may be demonstrated through the TOEFL test, as follows: A minimum total score of 250 with 25 in each subscore on the computer-based TOEFL; a minimum total score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL; or a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, with subscores of 25 (reading), 25 (writing), and 23 (speaking).
Need Based Scholarships
If you wish to apply for need-based scholarships, please download the Scholarship Application and return it to the LL.M. Admissions Office by mail, email or fax at the address below. Please note that your scholarship application cannot be considered until you have submitted a completed application for the LL.M. program.
For questions or to submit application materials, please use the address below:
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
1422 W. Peachtree St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is fully accredited by the ABA and the ABA has granted acquiescence to the LL.M. degrees.