Application for Admission: LLM in the US Legal System
The University of Cincinnati College of Law is pleased to offer a program of study on the US legal system to practicing attorneys and law school graduates who received their legal education outside the United States. The L.L.M. program is a 9-month program which is designed to introduce internationally trained lawyers to the U.S. legal system while also giving each student an opportunity to design a course of study that best advances his or her professional agenda. Students who complete the program are better able to represent U.S. clients and more prepared for negotiations and litigation with U.S. parties. For more information about the UC Law LL.M. program, visit the L.L.M. site.
The documents listed below must be sent to us in order for your application to be considered.
(1) Personal Statement. Please describe why you wish to study law in the U.S and how you plan to use the knowledge, skills, and degree earned in this program. Your essay should be one to two pages long.
(2) Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Please provide a resume listing and describing your professional, educational or other related experience. Include the name of each employer, the position you held, and the dates you were employed.
(3) 2 Recommendations. Please ask two individuals who are familiar with your academic or legal work to supply a letter telling us why you would be a good candidate for the LL.M.program. The writers may submit their letters via email (preferred) or regular mail. You will provide the name of each writer, his or her employer, and his or her email address on this application and we will expect a letter of recommendation to come from the email address provided. The email address should be affiliated with a university, law firm or other employer. If email is not available, the writer should put the completed form in an envelope, seal the envelope, and sign his or her name on top of the seal. You should submit the unopened envelope to us via postal mail. If this is not possible, the writer of the recommendation should return it to us directly.
(4) Credential Evaluation. We must receive a course by course evaluation of your previous higher education before we can consider your application. You may choose from the following organizations to provide your evaluation: ECE (www.ece.org) or WES (www.wes.org). If you choose WES, please note the following. You will find all the information you need at www.wes.org. Please go to that website to apply for your evaluation. Be sure to choose (1) a course-by-course evaluation and (2) University of Cincinnati College of Law as a recipient of your evaluation. All transcripts from non-US post-secondary educational institutions must be sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English you must supply translations. It is critical that you read and follow the WES “Required Documents” information specific to your country of study to ensure that your evaluation is completed as quickly as possible. Once all the required documentation is received by WES, the evaluation will be completed in 7 business days and will be sent directly to UC College of Law. You will receive a personal copy as well.
(5) TOEFL or IELTS Score. If your native language is not English you must supply evidence of your English proficiency. Our TOEFL institutional code is 1833. Preference will be given to applicants with a 100 internet-based TOEFL score or equivalent. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 85 and above will also be considered. Applicants can also gain admission with an IELTS 7.0.
Conditional admission is available for otherwise qualified students who need additional English language instruction. English training is available on the UC campus at ELS-Cincinnati Language Center.
We encourage you to submit the on-line version of the application form via the internet. If this is not possible you may print the form and return it by mail. Please type or print your answers.
Documents being submitted by mail should be sent to the following address:
Nora Burke Wagner
University of Cincinnati
College of Law
PO Box 210040
Clifton Ave & Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
Upon receiving notice of acceptance, the applicant is required to make an acceptance deposit of $250 by the date listed in the letter of acceptance. Payment of the deposit when due assures the applicant of a place in the class and is considered as evidence of good faith that he or she will register. If the student notifies the College of Law by May 15 in writing that he/she does not plan to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, $125 of the $250 acceptance deposit will be refunded.
Completion of the UC Law LL.M.program does NOT guarantee your eligibility to practice law in the U.S.
Applicants who intend to practice law in the U.S. should be aware that each state sets its own requirements for eligibility, and admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Some states have specific educational and documentation requirements that must be met by applicants who completed some of their post-secondary education outside of the U.S. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all of the bar exam eligibility requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the state bar authority.
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