To be considered for the LL.M. Program, candidates must submit the following materials in hard copy to the LL.M. Program at Southwestern's general address indicated below or transmit them electronically. Applications are not considered complete until all required documents have been received by Southwestern.
Application for Admission
The same application form is used for entry into the program for either the fall or spring semester. The application form is available in printed form or online.
- Application Fee: A nonrefundable $60 check or money order (in U.S. funds) made payable to Southwestern Law School must be submitted with the admissions application form or with the Certification Letter if applying online. The canceled check will serve as the receipt. Applicants may pay the fee using a credit card if applying online through LSAC and selecting the Electronic Payment Option or by contacting the LL.M. Program Office directly.
- Personal Statement: The applicant's personal statement should describe the motivation for pursuing an LL.M. degree, as well as relevant life experiences, accomplishments, special interests, personal qualities and career objectives that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making its decision. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length, typed and double-spaced.
- Letters of Recommendation: At least two letters of recommendation should be submitted on behalf of the applicant by persons (other than relatives) who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional abilities and potential. Letters may be submitted directly to the law school.
- Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae: A current resume that lists all academic and professional credentials and work experience is required.
- Official Transcripts: Official, sealed transcripts are required from all law schools attended (or currently attending) and all colleges and universities at which a degree was completed. Transcripts should show the degrees earned, dates awarded and class rank. For U.S. law school graduates, if class rank must be indicated on the transcript, or separately from the law school registrar.
- Foreign Applicants - see other requirements here.
On-Campus Student Housing Interest Form
Southwestern offers 133 brand new, fully furnished, state-of-the-art apartments for our students. Click here for the online form to indicate your potential interest in on-campus housing and assist us in planning for future occupancy. Completing this form does not guarantee housing and this interest form is not an official application for housing.
A foreign-educated applicant's degree(s) must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located or the applicant must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country. Applicants educated in the United States must have a degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
Admission to the Bar in the United States
Each state sets its own criteria for qualification for the bar. Students who earn the LL.M. degree or Certificate of Completion may be eligible to take certain state bar examinations. Please be sure to contact the jurisdiction of state in which you wish to take the bar examination to determine their eligibility requirements to sit for the examination. More detailed information can be obtained online (see Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements). Information about the California State Bar Examination can be found at www.calbar.ca.gov.
Financial Support Documentation
International students who are accepted to Southwestern are required to have sufficient finds to cover travel to and from the United States and tuition, fees, and living expenses while attending Southwestern. Documentation of financial support will be required during the student visa process. More information on the student visa process may be found here.
Admitted students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal and private educational loans. Visit the Financial Aid section of this website for more specific information. Some private educational lenders offer loans to international students who have a creditworthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen. International students are encouraged to explore financial aid options from sources in their home countries.
General LL.M. Program (Individualized Studies)
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1106, USA
Tel: (213) 738-5707