The LL.M. - General Studies Program is highly selective. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent degree is required. A candidate applying from the United States must have completed the J.D. degree at a law school that is both ABA-approved and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. A law degree earned outside the United States must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located, or the candidate must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country.When reviewing candidates for the LL.M. Program, the Admissions Committee considers:
- academic record in law school and undergraduate school
- potential for distinguished performance in and contribution to the program
- professional experience and accomplishments
- letters of recommendation
- quality of Personal Statement
The objective of the admissions policy is to fill each class with the best students from an applicant pool consistent with the high quality standards of the program and the diversity of Southwestern. Successful candidates have generally graduated in the top half of their law school class.