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LL.M. in American Legal Studies

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Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020. 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, 2021 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.

Students who complete the LL.M. and subsequently wish to pursue a J.D. degree at KU Law must take the LSAT exam and satisfy all other requirements for admission to the J.D. program. Students may not receive dual credit toward the J.D. for courses completed during the LL.M. program but may receive up to 30 transfer credits from their undergraduate law degree. 

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 95 are presumptively proficient. Students with scores below 95 will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may be required to attend KU’s Legal English Program (prior to and/or during) their enrollment. LSAC's TOEFL code for the CAS is 0058.

All students are encouraged to participate in KU’s Legal English Program, a four week English class focused on skills and concepts specific to the American legal education system.

Complete information about the Legal Information Program is available at https://aec.ku.edu/legal-english-program.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for non-residents for the 2020-21 academic year are $24,000 for 24 credits. Tuition and fees for Kansas residents for 24 credits for 2020-21 are $19,008. Please note that all students with J-1 or F-1 visas are considered non-residents for the purposes of tuition.

All law students pay a required campus fee of $984 per year. These fees entitle the student to course instruction, dispensary care for ordinary illnesses and special medical care at nominal rates, the use of the Kansas Union, a copy of the University Daily Kansan and other newspapers, and admission at reduced prices to most campus events, such as concerts, plays, films, lectures and athletic events.

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.

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


Estimated Annual Expenses Non-Resident (Visa Holders) Kansas Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(24 hours)
$959 $751
Fees per year $984 $984
Total for Tuition/Fees $24,000 $19,008
Room and Board $10,274 $10,274
Personal Expenses $2,278 $2,278
Transportation $3,106 $3,106
Books $1,526 $1,526
Cost of Attendance $41,184 $36,194

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