How to Apply to the Oregon LL.M. Program

Who May Apply to the Oregon LL.M. Program

Applicants to the Oregon LL.M. program must have earned a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school or hold a law degree (LL.B. or equivalent) from a non-U.S. program of legal education. Those who are pursuing a concurrent-degree LL.M. may be eligible to apply to the Oregon LL.M. program.

The LL.M. Advisory Committee reviews each LL.M. application.  Admission decisions will be based on an applicant’s academic record, legal research and writing skills, English language proficiency (if applicable), work or volunteer experience related to the concentration sought, recommendations from professors or employers, and the applicant’s demonstrated interest in the LL.M. concentration to which the applicant is applying.

When to Apply to the Oregon LL.M. Program

Oregon Law is on a semester system. Admitted students may apply to begin the Oregon LL.M. program in Spring semester (January start) or Fall semester (August start). 

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, until the LL.M. class if full.  Applications may be submitted at any time. However, applicants are encouraged to apply by March 15 for Fall semester and October 15 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.

Application Procedure

Applicants may apply to the Oregon LL.M. program through LSAC or by submitting the following documents directly to Oregon Law:

  • Oregon LL.M. Application
  • Checklist for Application to Oregon LL.M. Program
  • Official Transcripts (in English or official English translation) from all colleges and universities attended and degrees conferred.  
  • Official Transcripts from any college or university degree program that the applicant is currently pursuing, if applicable.
  • Legal Writing Sample (in English) that demonstrates legal writing, research and analytical abilities. (For example, a paper on a legal topic, a court brief or other legal document, written solely by the applicant.)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae that demonstrates the applicant’s work experience, education and, if applicable, admission to practice law.
  • Personal Statement that describes the applicant’s interest in applying to the Oregon LL.M. program (250 to 500 words).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (no more than three) from employers, professors, or colleagues that discuss the applicant’s academic achievements, professional work and legal research and writing abilities.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50 (international applicants and applicants who apply through LSAC are exempt).
  • University Housing application Providing the University Housing application is optional, and it is intended for applicants who desire to reside in University Housing.  For more information on University Housing and University Housing application procedures, please click the "University Housing" link on this page.
  • International Student Financial Statement (supporting documents are required for the visa application process - see the International Student Financial Statements section below)
  • TOEFL or IELTS official results (for applicants whose native language is not English).  Test results cannot be older than 2 years (24 months) from the testing date.

Documents that are submitted directly to Oregon Law should be submitted to:

LL.M Program Director
University of Oregon School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403 U.S.A.

Official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS scores should be submitted by mail. To submit other application documents by email, send an email to LL.M.

TOEFL and IELTS

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer test, or 100 on the Internet-based test is ordinarily required. If an applicant takes the IELTS, a score of 7.0 is ordinarily required. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted directly to Oregon Law.  Test results cannot be older than 2 years (24 months) from the testing date.

Applicants who have a lower TOEFL or IELTS score may be asked to provide supplemental written materials and participate in an applicant interview to demonstrate English language proficiency.

International Student Financial Statements:

International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources for educational and living expenses while studying in the United States before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form 1-20 or DS-2019) can be issued by the University of Oregon.  Support documents (no more than six months old) must be submitted with the International Student Financial Statement.  Supporting documents can be: 1) Bank statement or certificate of balance that contain the bank's seal or are signed by a bank official on official letterhead indicating account opening date and current balance; 2) scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying the amount, source, and length of the award. 

Admissions Procedure and Deposit

The LL.M. Advisory Committee will begin review of an applicant’s file once all of the applicant’s documents have been submitted. Once the review is complete, the applicant will be notified of the admissions decision.

If an applicant is admitted to the Oregon LL.M. program, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 is required.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

Students who are pursuing a Master of Laws degree in order to apply to take a state bar exam in the United States should review and confirm their eligibility and any course/degree requirements with the bar exam administrators in each state to which the student intends to apply.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides a general guide of bar admission requirements.  In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. 

Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services.  This is known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.   To request a paper copy of the report, contact UO Police Department at +1 541-346-0670, e-mail the Clery Coordinator, or write to the UO Police Department at 6220 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6220, U.S.A.

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