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Application Requirements

For an application to be considered complete, the LL.M. Admissions Office must receive:

  1. Completed Application and Fee. Applicants may download an application and mail it to Penn State Law with supporting documents or submit an electronic application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Document Assembly Service. The $75 (75 U.S. dollars) application fee can be paid by credit card, check or international money order drawn on U.S. funds and made payable to Penn State University.
  2. Transcripts. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all relevant academic institutions previously attended. All transcripts must include a certified English translation. The following services are available to applicants who choose to have their credentials evaluated:
  3. Proof of English Proficiency. LL.M. candidates are required to earn a minimum paper-based score of 575 or an internet-based score of 88 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Penn State Law institutional code for the TOEFL test is 2187. A score of 6.5 on the International Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.
    • International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or masters degree from an educational institution in a country where English is both the language of instruction and the only official or native language. Countries that qualify an applicant for exemption include Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
  4. A Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a one- to two-page personal statement that explains their reasons for pursuing an LL.M. degree as well as their future plans and goals. Applicants are encouraged to highlight significant experiences as a lawyer or law student.
  5. Résumé. Applicants are asked to submit a résumé outlining all relevant work experience and education.
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from professors or employers of the applicant. Ideally, letters of recommendation will describe the length and nature of the recommender’s relationship to the applicant and specifically address the applicant’s aptitude for advanced law study in an English language environment.
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