Applicants to the Oregon LL.M. program must have earned a JD from an accredited US law school or hold a law degree (LLB or equivalent) from a non-US program of legal education.
The LL.M. Advisory Committee reviews each LL.M. application. Admission decisions are based on your 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 your demonstrated interest in the LL.M. concentration to which you are applying. Please review our Technical Standards for all JD and LL.M. students.
Oregon Law is on a semester system. You can apply to begin the Oregon Law LL.M. program in Spring semester (January start) or Fall semester (August start).
The LL.M. program offers rolling admissions. You are encouraged to apply by:
International applicants: June 30
Domestic applicants or those with current F-1 visas: July 31
August start - Fall Semester
January start - Spring Semester
International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow for time to complete the visa application process if admitted to the program.
How to Apply
If you are applying via email, send the following documents directly to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Oregon LL.M. Application
- Official Transcripts (in English or official English translation) sent directly from all colleges and universities attended and degrees conferred (official paper or electronic transcripts are accepted).
- Official Transcripts sent directly from any college or university degree program that you are currently pursuing, if applicable (official paper or electronic transcripts are accepted).
- 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 your work experience, education, and, if applicable, admission to practice law.
- Personal Statement that describes your 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 your 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).
- International Student Financial Statement (supporting documents are required for the visa application process - see the International Student Financial Statements)
- TOEFL or IELTS official results (for applicants whose native language is not English). Test results cannot be older than two years (24 months) from the testing date.
If you are applying via mail, please send your application, along with the documents required above, to the following address:
LL.M. Program Director
University of Oregon School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403 USA
Official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS scores should be submitted by mail (official electronic transcripts are accepted).
English Proficiency: TOEFL and IELTS
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper test or 88 on the Internet-based test is ordinarily required. If you take 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 two 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:
- Bank statement or certificate of balance that contains the bank's seal or signed by a bank official on official letterhead indicating account opening date and current balance;
- Scholarship or sponsorship letter verifying the amount, source, and length of the award.
Admissions Procedure and Deposit
The LL.M. Advisory Committee will begin the review of your file once all of your documents have been submitted. Once the review is complete, you will be notified of the admissions decision.
If you are admitted to the Oregon LL.M. program, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 is required.