Fill out the required online application form and submit it, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee (paid by debit card, credit card or online check), through LSAC. Keep a copy of your application for your personal files.
Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS will forward your Law School Report after all required documentation has been received. This service requires at least three to four weeks before the application deadline to receive, process and forward your materials to the College of Law.
Data to include:
- Personal Statement
- Undergraduate/graduate transcripts
- Your recommendation letters
Include a typed personal statement with your online LSAC application. This is your opportunity to describe why you are pursuing legal study at Georgia State Law and highlight any experiences, qualifications or other information you believe to be relevant.
The statement should be no more than two double-spaced pages.
Submit two letters of recommendation, no more than two years old, through your LSAC Law School Report.
These letters should speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program. Professional and academic letters are strongly recommended. If you have been out of school for multiple years, employer references will suffice.
Instructions for this service, which are included in your CAS registration, are available at www.lsac.org.
Send official school transcripts to LSAC for inclusion in your Law School Report. You will need to submit academic transcripts from each college and/or university attended regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred.
- Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admission decision.
- If you are extended an offer of admission, you will need to submit official transcripts before the start of courses.
- Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, or anything handwritten are not acceptable for an admission decision.
- The LL.M. degree program is available to law graduates with either a post-baccalaureate degree (a J.D.), or an undergraduate law degree (an LL.B., B.L., or B.A. in Law and Society).
- Both the Concentrations and the Bar Preparation LL.M. tracks are open to any applicants with law degrees. You do not need to be a practicing lawyer to enroll in the LL.M. program.
- Neither the LSAT or GRE is required.
- LL.M. students are accepted for the fall semester only, which begins in mid-August.
- Graduating with a Bar Preparation track will qualify you to take the Georgia bar examination.
- Students can attend part-time, taking classes to fit their schedules.
- You must complete the program in residence as the LL.M. program is not offered online.
- You cannot transfer credits from another LL.M. program to Georgia State Law.
- The admissions committee starts to review application files in January until the class is full.
- Applicants must apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) at lsac.org and include a $50 application fee (payable in U.S. dollars only), a personal statement and a resume.
- Required transcripts, English proficiency test scores and letters of recommendation must be submitted to LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Never send documents directly to the Admissions office unless directed to do so.
- A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the Internet-based test
- A minimum of 7.5 on the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
No other test or certificate based methods of demonstrating English proficiency will be considered for the LSAC application. Additionally, in some cases, a video teleconference, telephone or in-person interview may be required to confirm English proficiency.
As part of their orientation, all foreign graduates (other than graduates from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to take the Orientation GSTEP (Georgia State Test of English Proficiency). Depending on a student’s score on the GSTEP, additional instruction in English may be required.
Applicants scoring lower than 100 but above 90 on the TOEFL or lower than 7.5 but above 6.5 on the IELTS may be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. program if they enroll in the pre-LL.M. summer program. This program is called the English for Professional Purposes: Law (EPP:L). Full admission to the LL.M. program is conditioned on successful completion of the EPP:L program for students who followed the appropriate LL.M. application process prior to deadlines.
English for Professional Purposes: Law Program
The EPP:L application fee is waived for conditionally admitted Georgia State Law LL.M. students. However, the costs of tuition, fees and health insurance are the student’s responsibility.
Failure of a conditionally admitted LL.M. applicant to enroll in the EPP:L program will result in immediate cancellation of conditional admission.
The EPP:L program is open to any foreign law student seeking additional preparation in legal English; not just Georgia State Law applicants or admitted students. It is an excellent preparatory course for any student whose first language or language of study is other than English. Foreign-trained graduates are strongly encouraged to consider taking this course as preparation for the LL.M. program.
- We accept LL.M. students for the fall semester only.
- We strongly discourage sending supplemental materials after you’ve submitted your application. This includes application addenda and replacement items.
- The admissions committee will review files starting in January and continue to do so until the class is full each year.
- This LL.M. program is open to any graduate with a law degree (e.g., J.D., LL.B., B.L., B.A. in Law and Society) from another country.
- Georgia State Law’s LL.M. program is one of the most affordable and economical offered anywhere.
- The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required.
- The Bar Preparation track allows lawyers from other countries to meet requirements to sit for the Georgia Bar Exam or possibly qualify to take the bar exam in other jurisdictions. The 26-hour curriculum program is available either full time or part time.
- To sit for the Georgia bar examination, you must first earn the equivalent of a professional law degree, or similar credential, and be “authorized to practice law in a foreign jurisdiction.”
- The Concentration track allows internationally-trained lawyers to pursue specialized training in Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Environmental and Land Use Law. Students are encouraged to write a thesis in this 26-hour curriculum.
- Required classes for the full-time and part-time programs are held during the day and evening.
- Our curriculum is stipulated by the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Board of Bar Examiners for lawyers to practice law in the United States.
- Learn more about the State Bar of Georgia rules here: Supreme Court of Georgia Office of Bar Admissions LL.M. Curriculum Information and Supreme Court of Georgia Ruling on LL.M. Requirements
- Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents who hold a green card are eligible for a part-time program since it does not meet the minimum hours required for a visa. Others may take the full-time program in their choice of the recommended, three-semester format or the accelerated, two-semester format.
- The LL.M. program starts in the fall semester, which begins mid-August. Students from other countries should plan their arrival for the beginning of August to make housing arrangements. Students taking the EPPL program start even earlier.
- For information on translating transcripts, follow LSAC guidelines
- Georgia State Law does not require interviews, but an applicant’s English proficiency may need to be confirmed through in-person or online interviews.
- Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the Internet-based test and a minimum of 7.5 on the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- Applicants who want to improve English proficiency or preparation for legal English can enroll in the Pre-LL.M. Summer Program: English for Professional Purposes: Law (EPP:L).
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