Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ


 

If you would like to apply to the Oregon Law LL.M. program, the following link will take you to the application procedures page on the Oregon Law LL.M. website: https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/apply-to-LLM-program.  You may send your application materials directly to Oregon Law, or you may apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).   

Can I send my application and documents electronically?  

Yes, the application and supporting documents can be submitted electronically to llminfo@uoregon.edu. We also accept official electronic transcripts sent directly from the university. 

How long is the application review process?  

Once the Admissions Committee receives all the required application documents, it usually takes 7 – 10 business days for a decision letter to issue. 

How much is the application fee? 

There is no application fee for the LL.M. program.

Is the LSAT required for admission to the LL.M. program? 

No, the LSAT examination is not required for admission to the LL.M. program 

Can I apply with unofficial transcripts?   

The admissions committee can review unofficial transcripts for admission purposes. However, if admitted, official transcripts must subsequently be sent directly from the institutions attended. 

Do you allow transfers of LL.M. credits from other institutions? 

For students currently in the United States on an F-1 visa and studying in an LL.M. program, it is possible to transfer to the Oregon Law LL.M. program.  You would need to apply to the program as outlined online at https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/apply-to-LLM-program and then work with International Student and Scholar Services here at the University of Oregon to receive a new I-20 document.  We only accept transfer credits from schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). 

What are the admissions criteria?    

The LL.M. admissions committee reviews LL.M. applications on a holistic basis. An applicant’s grade point average is important, but the Committee also considers work experience in the legal field and the applicant’s writing sample (to consider an applicant’s writing and analytical ability), English language proficiency, and the applicant’s Personal Statement in making its admission recommendation. 

Do you offer conditional admission?    

The LL.M. Program Admissions Committee has the discretion to consider a request for conditional admission. Applicants who would like the Committee to consider a conditional admission must include the request in the applicant’s Personal Statement. Conditional admission to the LL.M. program requires a TOEFL or IELTS score for the Admissions Committee to have an understanding of the applicant’s English proficiency level.  This requirement cannot be waived, and so to consider your application for conditional admission, a TOEFL or IELTS score is needed. Applicants will need to submit their application and supporting documents for review and will be notified regarding whether conditional admission has been granted.     

Can I apply to the program if I am still in law school?  

Applicants to the LL.M. program must have either a J.D. degree or a first degree in law (LL.B. or Bachelor’s in Law) from an accredited institution. Applicants may also apply if they are in the final year of their law program. Applicants who are admitted to the LL.M. program must complete their law degree before enrolling in the LL.M. program. 


 

KEY DATES & DEADLINES 

 What is the deadline for applying?  

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the LL.M. class is full. Applications may be submitted at any time. However, applicants are encouraged to apply by mid-March for the Fall Semester and early November for Spring Semester. International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow for time to complete the visa application process if admitted to the program.  

May students begin this program in the Spring Semester?   

Yes, students may begin the program in the Spring Semester.  


 

TUITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS   

What are the costs of the program?  

Costs of tuition and fees can be found at https://registrar.uoregon.edu/costs 

Do you offer scholarships?        

Admitted applicants to the Oregon Law LL.M. program are automatically considered for a partial-tuition scholarship from Oregon Law. You may wish to view additional scholarship options on the Oregon Law LL.M. scholarship page at https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/LLM-scholarships-and-financial-aid. The University of Oregon Office of International Affairs also has a list of University-affiliated scholarships at https://isss.uoregon.edu/scholarships.    

 Is there a concurrent degree option for the LL.M. program?    

Unfortunately, there is not a concurrent degree option for the LL.M. program.  You would need to apply for each program; if admitted to both programs, you may be able to take some of the other program courses while in the LL.M. program, if you receive permission from that department.  

How can I make seat deposit payment? 

Click here to make seat deposit.


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS  

Is an English proficiency exam required for admission to the LL.M. program? 

Yes, each applicant must prove English language proficiency. Either the TOEFL or IELTS is acceptable for admission to the LL.M. program. If an applicant has completed a higher education degree where the language of instruction is English, they may request a waiver of the exam score requirement.  

What is the minimum English exam score? 

The minimum score required on the TOEFL exam is 88, although strong preference is given to applicants with scores over 100. The minimum score required on the IELTS is 6.5. 

What is the University of Oregon’s ETS TOEFL institution code?

The Institution Code is 4846. The Department Code is 03. 

Can the English proficiency requirement be waived?   

If you have completed your first degree in law at a university where English is the medium of instruction, you may request a waiver of the English proficiency test requirement by stating this in the body of your Personal Statement (one of the required documents for admission). In addition, either a note must appear on your transcripts that English was the medium of instruction, or you must provide a certificate from the university that states this. 

Does the university have an ESL program and an admissions agreement with the program?   

The University of Oregon does offer an intensive English language program through the American English Institute (AEI):  https://aei.uoregon.edu/.  For admission requirements to the Intensive English Program at AEI, we encourage you to visit their website or email them.  In the past, there have been students who completed the Intensive English Program at AEI and transitioned to the LL.M. program.  However, the LL.M. program does not have any agreement with AEI or any other English language school that students who successfully complete the highest level of the English program are guaranteed admission to the LL.M. program.   


  

PROGRAM DETAILS  

Is the LL.M. program only for international students? 

No, the LL.M. program is available for both international and local students.  

How long is the LL.M. program?  

The University of Oregon School of Law LL.M. program is a one-year (two-semester) program designed for law school graduates and attorneys who desire to continue their legal studies for professional advancement, in-depth study in a particular concentration, or development of a new practice area. Students begin the program in either August (fall) or January (spring) of each year. 

Are students required to study full time, or is there the option to study part-time?    

The LL.M. program is a full-time degree program only.  

Are there any evening classes, or are classes held during the day?    

Most classes are offered during the day but there are some evening classes as well. 

Does completion of the LL.M. degree qualify students to take a bar exam in any state? 

The LL.M. degree may enable students to sit for the bar in jurisdictions that allow LL.M. graduates to take the bar. Each state has its own regulations regarding qualification for a state bar exam and students should do their own research regarding these regulations. The National Conference of Bar Examiners annual guide includes bar information for all individual states. Completion of the LL.M. degree does not qualify students to take the bar exam in the State of Oregon. 

Can I transfer to the J.D. program from the LL.M. program? 

No.  LL.M. students cannot transfer to the J.D. program. This option, however, is under consideration and might be available soon. Stay tuned. We will update our website as soon as this option becomes available.   

Is it possible to specialize within the LL.M. program? 

The University of Oregon School of Law offers four tracks in the LL.M. program; Environment Law Track, American Law Track, Business Law Track, and Conflict & Dispute Resolution Track. 


 

LIFE IN EUGENE, OREGON 

What are the housing options available?   

There are a variety of different housing options on campus and in the community close to campus. All University of Oregon students can use the public transportation system (Lane Transit District bus and EmEx) free of charge by showing their University of Oregon ID. This makes it easier for students to select housing, if they prefer, that is within a short bus ride from campus.  

We do not recommend that graduate students stay in the residence halls, as they are primarily for undergraduate students. Most of the residence halls are shared single rooms, with a shared bathroom per floor, or hall (some residence halls have a private bathroom or in-room sink, and they are often more expensive than the regular residence halls rooms). Often the residence halls are noisy and not necessarily conducive for graduate-level study. Here is a link to the residence halls room types so that you can see the rooms that may be available: https://housing.uoregon.edu/room-types 

Most law students prefer to live in Spencer View apartments (a roommate is required) or Graduate Village if they select on-campus housing. Here is a link to the Spencer View and Graduate Village information pages: https://apartments.uoregon.edu/.  Please select “Graduate Village” or “Spencer View” to see detailed information about each location. Both locations are unfurnished, but there are local stores where you may obtain basic household necessities.  

Other options are off-campus housing (meaning that the University of Oregon does not own them). Here is a link to some of the off-campus housing options that you might consider: https://offcampushousing.uoregon.edu. Select the “Housing” tab on the top of the page to view additional options. You can filter your search by the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and the minimum and maximum monthly rent.    

Do you have a homestay program?  

Short-term stays (typically 1-2 weeks) for newly-arrived international students are available through the Friendship Foundation:  https://ffisoregon.org/student-homestay/.