LL.M. Applicants

How to Apply: LL.M. in American Legal Studies

Please review the application instructions, English proficiency requirements and tuition information on this page as you begin the application process for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies.

Application Instructions

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted beginning September 1, 2021. Students applying for admission to the LL.M. program should submit the following after registering with the Credential Assembly Service at LSAC.org:

  • Completed online application by April 1, 2022 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 J.D. degree through the Two-Year J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers program 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 English Program is available through KU's Applied English Center.

Tuition & Fees for LL.M. Students

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. Tuition and fee information for the 2021-22 academic year will be available soon. 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.

    LL.M. Tuition & Fees Summary: 2020-2021

    The table below outlines tuition and fees for non-resident and Kansas resident students pursuing the LL.M. in American Legal Studies during the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Tuition and Fees for LL.M. Students - 2020-21
    Estimated Annual ExpensesNon-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
    Cost of Attendance$41,184$36,194

    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

    Applicant Resources

    LL.M. Application Timeline

    • Sept. 1: Application available

    • April 1: Application deadline


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