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LL.M. in American Legal Studies

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Students applying for admission to the LL.M. program should submit the following after registering with the Credential Assembly Service at www.lsac.org:

  • Completed online application by April 1, 2018 deadline
  • C.V. or resume
  • A statement of interest describing your purpose for pursuing the LL.M. as well as your professional goals
  • At least two letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to complete the LL.M. program
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and law school programs attended
  • $55 application fee

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required for admission to the LL.M. Program. Upon admission, you will be required to submit financial documents verifying that you have savings to cover the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, living expenses and mandatory health insurance) for the academic year in which you will be enrolling. You will be required to submit these documents before an I-20 form will be issued to you.

Proof of English Proficiency

Except for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, proficiency in English is a requirement for all LL.M. candidates. Foreign students who speak English as a first language, or who obtained a law degree at an institution with instruction in all courses in English, may have the TOEFL requirement waived. For all other students, students must submit a TOEFL score report. Students with an iBT TOEFL score above 100 are presumptively proficient. Students with scores below 100 will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may be required to attend English language classes prior to and/or during their enrollment. LSAC's TOEFL code for the CAS is 0058.

KU Law also accepts IELTS and deems students with an overall score of 7.0 or better as presumptively proficient. Students with an overall score below 7.0 will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may be required to attend English language classes prior to and/or during their enrollment.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for non-residents for the 2017-18 academic year are $31,372 for 24 credits. Resident tuition and fees for 24 credits for 2017-18 are $18,364. Please note that all students with J-1 or F-1 visas are considered non-residents for the purposes of tuition.

Students pay tuition on a per-credit basis based upon residency classification. All LL.M. students must complete 24 credit hours in classroom courses. Students may also enroll in a maximum of 6 additional credits beyond the required 24 credits.

Estimated Annual Expenses Non-Resident (Visa Holders) Kansas Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(24 hours)
$1,269 $727
Fees per year $916 $916
Total for Tuition/Fees $31,372 $18,364
Room and Board $9,164 $9,164
Personal Expenses $2,408 $2,408
Transportation $2,624 $2,624
Books $1,340 $1,340
Total $46,908 $33,900

International Scholar Scholarships

International students applying for the LL.M. in American Legal Studies are automatically considered for the International Scholars Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 per year for qualified applicants. The Admissions Committee will consider candidates for the award based on the following criteria:

  • Strong academic performance as evidenced by transcripts and TOEFL results
  • Geographic diversity


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