LL.M. Frequently Asked Questions

If the answer to your question is not found in our LL.M. frequently asked questions, contact the Office of Admissions or the LL.M. program director.

No. Both the Concentrations LL.M. track and the Bar Preparation LL.M. track are open to any applicant with a prior degree in law.
Yes, the LL.M. degree program is open to any graduates with a prior degree in law. This includes post-baccalaureate degree such as a J.D., or an undergraduate law degree such as an LL.B., B.L., or B.A. in Law and Society.
No, neither the LSAT or GRE is required. The only requirement to apply is having a law degree.
No, the LL.M. degree program has opportunities in areas such as Health Law that are open to U.S. law school graduates with a J.D. or J.M. The bar-track LL.M. degree program for foreign-trained lawyers wishing to prepare for the Georgia Bar examination or other bars is designed for foreign law graduates with a non-U.S. degree.
Successful completion of the Bar Preparation LL.M. track is a necessary but not the only step sufficient for being permitted to take the Georgia bar examination.  Law graduates who are not yet qualified to practice law in their home country are welcome to apply for the bar preparation track, but they must understand that their LL.M. degree cannot qualify them to take the Georgia bar examination unless and until they are qualified to practice law in their home country in accordance with the requirements of the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners. Learn more>>Yes, but only U.S. citizens and permanent residents who hold a green card are eligible for this program since the number of hours required for a visa would not be satisfied by a part-time program.
Georgia State Law’s LL.M. program starts in the fall semester, which begins mid-August. Foreign students should plan their arrival around the beginning of August to make housing arrangements. Students taking the EPPL program start even earlier. Learn more>>
No. You must complete our program in residence.
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, a resume and a writing sample. Learn more>>
Submit your $50 nonrefundable application fee in (U.S. currency) along with the required online application. You can pay the fee via debit card, credit card or online check through LSAC.

  • International priority application deadline is March 15.
  • Domestic priority application deadline is April 15.
  • Domestic and International final deadline is June 15 for foreign-trained lawyers.
  • Final deadline for U.S. Lawyers is July 15.

No, however, in some cases, in-person or online interviews are required to confirm an applicant’s English proficiency.
Yes, a writing sample is required. A professional or academic writing sample must be attached to your online application.

  • 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)

You should request letters from people knowledgeable about your academic qualifications and ability to take classes taught only in English.