Apply for Practice of Law in the United States

How to Apply for Practice of Law in the United States

Thank you for your interest in applying to the LL.M. for the Practice of Law Residential Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where you come for a law degree but find a community. We look forward to getting to know you as you take this important step to further your career.

Application Deadline

All application materials, including supporting documents and TOEFL scores, must be submitted and fully processed by August 6, 2018. If your application is not complete by August 6 (including your full CAS report), we will automatically defer your application for consideration for Fall 2019 entry.

How to Apply

Please apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

LSAC Fees: Document Assembly Service- $85.00, International Transcript and Assembly Service- $135 (Information about LSAC Services and Fees)

Application Fee: $50

Submit supplemental documents by mail to:

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
LL.M. Admissions
1422 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Submit supplemental documents by email to:

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the foreign-educated lawyer’s home country;
  • Possess a degree equivalent to the J.D. degree whether at undergraduate or graduate level, in the lawyer’s home country;
  • 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
  • Currently 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

  • Application form
  • CV/Resume
  • A personal statement
  • Official law school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be a professional reference
  • Official TOEFL report (if applicable)*
  • Application fee of $50.

* TOEFL Requirements 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 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).

Questions about the application process?

Contact: Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Jace Gatewood at or (678) 916-2639.