On-Campus LLM Application Process
The LLM admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis.
To be admissible to our LLM programs, you are required to hold a first professional law degree. For domestic applicants, a JD is required. For international applicants, the requirement may be fulfilled by an LLB or its equivalent from an accredited or comparably recognized law school outside the United States.
Applicants are notified as soon as an admission decision has been made. We highly recommend you submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. For priority consideration, applicants to the On-Campus LLM are encouraged to submit their applications by April 1 for fall entry.
The application is available online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LLM program direct application is available here. Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the LLM program.
- Northeastern University School of Law LLM Application Form (available through the Law School Admission Council or via our website).
Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program. The application is available via the "Apply Now" tab on our website.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Two-page Personal Statement of Purpose
- **One letter of recommendation
- **Official transcripts. If applicable, transcripts should be translated into English.
- **Score reports for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your first language.
- **The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required, but applicants who have taken it should submit a report of their score.
*Any document submitted to the School of Law as part of the application becomes university property and will not be returned to the student.
**If you apply through the Law School Admission Council, your LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report will include your letter of recommendation, transcripts and test scores.
Once admitted to the LLM Program, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 to secure your place in the class. Admitted students who are not US citizens and who need an I-20 for a student visa application or for a change of immigration status will be required to provide documentation of financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of the LLM Program and all living expenses that will be incurred while pursuing the degree.
LLM Credential Assembly Service
The LLM Program at Northeastern University School of Law accepts applications directly or through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Students who apply through LSAC should register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) provided by LSAC. This service collects and authenticates your academic records and letters of recommendation, and (if applicable) your TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report. Once complete, LSAC sends the CAS report, including all your documents and evaluations of any international transcripts, to Northeastern University School of Law. To use the Credential Assembly Service, register for an account at LSAC.org and follow the instructions to register for the service. Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at +1 215-968-1001.
Transcripts for all previously attended colleges and universities, law schools and graduate schools must be sent directly by the schools to LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) or to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.
NU Transcript Policy
NU’s transcript policy requires enrolling graduate and professional degree program students to submit to NU official transcripts including evidence of the completion of the bachelor’s degree and the date of degree conferral within 30 days from the start of their first academic term. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a registration hold being placed on the student’s account preventing future term course registration.
Applicants to the LLM Program whose first language is not English should provide a TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report. Applicants whose first law degree was conducted in English are not required to provide a TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report.
Contact the ETS and request that your TOEFL score be sent directly to LSAC or directly to Northeastern. The TOEFL code for LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395; the TOEFL code for Northeastern University School of Law is 3658. The ETS website can provide current information about test registration and scheduling. Northeastern University School of Law also accepts an official IELTS score report. Test scheduling and registration information for the IELTS exam can be found on the IELTS website.
On-Campus LLM applicants who achieve a score of 85 or better on the TOEFL iBT® or an IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or better will be considered for admission without an oral interview. Applicants with a TOEFL score of 79-84 will be considered for admission and required to complete an oral interview via the internet or in person as part of the application process.
The LSAT is not required for entry into the LLM Program, but applicants who have taken it should submit their score.
Applicants must have one letter of recommendation submitted by their recommender, either directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program or through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which is part of the CAS registration. A maximum of two letters of recommendation may be submitted. We suggest that applicants select individuals who have first-hand knowledge of their academic work, intellectual and personal qualities, and other characteristics that make them a strong LLM candidate.
All applicants must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae as part of the application. The résumé may include academic and professional honors received (e.g., prizes, scholarly awards, membership in honor societies, recognition/service awards); extracurricular and community activities; work experience; and references for any scholarly publications.
Personal Statement of Purpose
All applicants must provide a personal statement of purpose, written in their own words. The personal statement should be two pages, double-spaced. It should discuss the applicant’s reasons for applying to the Northeastern University School of Law’s LLM Program and explain how the degree relates to the applicant's professional and personal goals.
Mailing AddressNortheastern University School of Law LLM and International Programs Attention: Meaghan Maher 416 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115