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.
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 April 9 for Fall semester and November 1 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.
Applicants may apply to the Oregon LL.M. program through LSAC or by submitting the following documents directly to Oregon Law:
Documents that are submitted directly to Oregon Law should be submitted to:LL.M Program Director
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.