LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy for International Students

The application procedures are as follows:

  1. Applicants must complete an online application.
  2. Two letters of recommendation are required. The recommendation letters will enable us to assess the applicant's capacity for advanced legal study. We recommend that these letters arrive in Chicago by February 1 but no later than April 1.
  3. Applicants who are practicing Lawyers must submit notarized copy of their License for Practice. In addition, practicing lawyers must also submit a notarized original copy of their law school transcript. We recommend that these documents arrive in Chicago by February 1 but no later than April 1.
  4. Applicants who are currently in Law school must submit a notarized original copy of their law school transcript. We recommend that transcripts arrive in Chicago by February 1 but no later than April 1.
  5. TOEFL/IELTS. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English or who did not receive their legal education at an institution which uses English as the primary language of instruction. Applicants should arrange for the ETS to send an official TOEFL score report to the Office of International Law and Policy. Our TOEFL institution code is 1115 and our department code is 03. Successful applicants to the LL.M. program typically have a TOEFL score of approximately 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the computer based test, or 100 on the internet based test, or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS test.

The TOEFL/IELTS may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for applicants for whom English has been the primary language of instruction in prior study or who can otherwise substantiate their English proficiency. Applicants who wish to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived must submit a written request with their application for admission that includes an explanation of their familiarity with English and any appropriate supporting documentation. TOEFL/IELTS waivers are not automatic and require the approval of the Admissions Committee.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required of applicants applying for the LL.M. Programs.

Forward all completed material and test results to the Office of International Law and Policy, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661, U.S.A. Please do not send your documents to the main admissions office of the law school.

An application is complete only when all of the documents described above have been received. Applications will be considered by the committee once they are complete, and it is incumbent on the applicant to timely submit all necessary documentation. All materials submitted with, or in support of, an application become the property of the College of Law and are not returnable. For further information about the admissions process or the LL.M. program, please e-mail us at intllm@kentlaw.iit.edu.