The regular application cycle for admission to the LL.M program is from September 15 to March 15 for enrollment the following August. Starting in Fall 2013 and due to an increase in the number of applications received by the LL.M Program, the LL.M Admissions Committee will be reviewing applications early and making decisions on admissions for early applications. PLEASE NOTE: The LL.M Program will CONTINUE accepting and reviewing applications until March 15. However, applications which are complete and are received by the Program by November 1 will receive priority review and a decision by December 1.
We recommend that you start your application to the Moritz LL.M Program early. Part of the application process necessitates that you work with third parties, whether they be your recommenders, or institutions that will need to provide documents or scores to complete your application. Moreover, it may often take up to three months to obtain a student visa, if needed, once you have been officially accepted to the program.
There is a $50 application fee for international students and a fee of $40 for U.S. citizens permanent residents; both are nonrefundable. You must pay this application fee by credit or debit card in U.S. dollars at the time of online application submission.
Official transcripts (and English translations) from all previously attended academic institutions should be sent directly from the awarding institution by the March 15 deadline. When applying online, you may choose to use the credentialing service offered by LSAC (there is a fee for this service). Alternatively, you may choose to send transcripts directly to the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below).
Upon completion of any subsequent courses, or completion of the final semester for new graduates, you must send an updated official transcript to either LSAC (if using the credentialing service) or the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below). Applicants who have attended The Ohio State University are not required to furnish OSU transcripts, but they must provide transcripts for any courses taken elsewhere.
Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS
TOEFL: 80 internet-based; 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based
You must have taken the test within the past two years. Please arrange to have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing center to LSAC (if using the credentialing service) or The Ohio State University. The institution code for sending TOEFL scores to Ohio State is 1592. Information and registration materials for the tests can be obtained by contacting TOEFL or IELTS.
Letters of Recommendation
You are required to submit two letters of recommendation in support of your application for admission. At least one person recommending you needs to be a professor familiar with your legal coursework.
All applicants must submit a resume.
Your personal statement is especially valuable to the LL.M. Admissions Committee. It
should provide a thoughtful reflection on your reasons for seeking an LL.M. in the United
States and on your longer-term career and personal goals.
To apply, you can either complete the LL.M. application available at LSAC or apply directly to The Ohio State University. Both links are provided below.
Applying for Scholarships
Please click here for further information about the application process.
At Ohio State, the LL.M. student has an option to enroll in courses that will qualify as a specialization in a selected area of law. By taking a minimum of 12 semester hours of related courses, the student earns a transcript designation for a concentration in the area.
The following six concentration areas are pre-designed to meet the needs of many LL.M. students:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Corporate Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Employment and Labor Law
- Intellectual Property and Technology Law
- International and Comparative Law
- In addition, the LL.M. student may design a customized concentration in consultation with the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Affairs.
Please click here for further information about the curriculum.