This application is ONLY for foreign-trained lawyers applying to the LLM program in The U.S. Legal System. Do not use this application to apply to the J.D. program.
The documents listed below must be sent to us in order for your application to be considered.
(1) Personal Statement. Please describe why you wish to study law in the U.S and how you plan to use the knowledge, skills, and degree earned in this program. Your essay should be one to two pages long. Return via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Resume or curriculum vitae. Please provide a resume listing and describing your professional, educational or other related experience. Include the name of each employer, the position you held, and the dates you were employed. Return via email attachment to email@example.com.
(3) 2 Recommendations. Please ask two individuals who are familiar with your academic or legal work to supply a letter telling us why you would be a good candidate for the LLM program. The writers may submit their letters via email (preferred) or regular mail. You will provide the name of each writer, his or her employer, and his or her email address on this application and we will expect a letter of recommendation to come from the email address provided. The email address should be affiliated with a university, law firm or other employer. If email is not available, the writer should put the completed form in an envelope, seal the envelope, and sign his or her name on top of the seal. You should submit the unopened envelope to us via postal mail. If this is not possible, the writer of the recommendation should return it to us directly.
(4) Credential Evaluation. We must receive a course by course evaluation of your previous higher education before we can consider your application. You may choose from the following organizations to provide your evaluation: ECE (www.ece.org) or WES (www.wes.org). If you choose WES, please note the following. You will find all the information you need at www.wes.org. Please go to that website to apply for your evaluation. Be sure to choose (1) a course-by-course evaluation and (2) University of Cincinnati College of Law as a recipient of your evaluation. All transcripts from non-US post-secondary educational institutions must be sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English you must supply translations. It is critical that you read and follow the WES “Required Documents” information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible. Once all the required documentation is received by WES, the evaluation will be completed in 7 business days and will be sent directly to UC College of Law. You will receive a personal copy as well.
(5) TOEFL or IELTS score. If your native language is not English you must supply evidence of your English proficiency. Our TOEFL institutional code is 1833. (Preference will be given to applicants with a 100 internet-based TOEFL score or equivalent. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 80 and above will also be considered.). Conditional admission is available for otherwise qualified students who need additional English language instruction. English training is available on the UC campus at ELS-Cincinnati Language Center.
(6) Affidavit of financial support. (This is required for an F1 or J1 visa). Estimated Annual Expenses, the Financial Certification Form, and information about obtaining an I-20 are attached. Please complete the Financial Certification Form, sign it, scan the form, and return it to us via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not provide this form with your application, please be prepared to provide it soon after receiving our letter of acceptance.
We encourage you to submit the on-line version of the application form via the internet. If this is not possible you may print the form and return it by mail. Please type or print your answers.
Documents being submitted by mail should be sent to the following address:
Associate Dean Nancy Oliver
University of Cincinnati
College of Law
PO Box 210040
Clifton Ave & Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
Completion of the LLM program does NOT guarantee your eligibility to practice law in the U.S.
Applicants who intend to practice law in the U.S. should be aware that each state sets its own requirements for eligibility, and admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Some states have specific educational and documentation requirements that must be met by applicants who completed some of their post-secondary education outside of the U.S. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all of the bar exam eligibility requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the state bar authority.
Character & Fitness:
Our records must contain the following information.