Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process | Key Dates & Deadlines | Tuition & Scholarships | English Requirements | Program Details | Living in Eugene

FAQs


Application Process 


How can I apply?


You may send your application materials directly to Oregon Law, or you may apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).   Visit the How To Apply page for more information.


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 LLM program.


Is the LSAT required for admission to the LLM program?


No, the LSAT examination is not required for admission to the LLM 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 LLM credits from other institutions?


For students currently in the United States on an F-1 visa and studying in an LLM program, it is possible to transfer to the Oregon Law LLM program.  You would need to apply to the program as outlined online at 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 LLM admissions committee reviews LLM 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 LLM 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 LLM 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. 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 LLM program must have either a JD degree or a first degree in law (LLB 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 LLM program must complete their law degree prior to beginning their LLM studies. 


Key Dates & Deadlines


What is the deadline for applying? 


Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the LLM 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.  


Can students begin the program in Spring semester?


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


Tuition & Scholarships


What are the costs of the program?


Costs of tuition and fees can be found here


Do you offer scholarships? 


Admitted applicants to the Oregon Law LLM program are automatically considered for a partial-tuition scholarship from Oregon Law. You may wish to view additional scholarship options on the Oregon Law LLM scholarship page. The University of Oregon Office of International Affairs also has a list of University-affiliated scholarships.    


Is there a concurrent degree option for the LLM program?


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


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English Language Requirements


Is an English proficiency exam required for admission to the LLM program?


Yes, each applicant must prove English language proficiency. Either the TOEFL or IELTS is acceptable for admission to the LLM 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 are the University of Oregon’s ETS TOEFL institution codes?


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).  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 LLM program.  However, the LLM 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 LLM program.   


Program Details


Is the LLM program only for international students?


No, the LLM program is available for both international and domestic students.  


How long is the LLM program?


The University of Oregon School of Law LLM 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 LLM 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 LLM degree qualify students to take a bar exam in any state?


The LLM degree may enable students to sit for the bar in jurisdictions that allow LLM 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 LLM degree does not qualify students to take the bar exam in the state of Oregon. 


Can I transfer from the LLM program to the JD program?


No.  LLM students cannot transfer to the JD program. This option, however, is under consideration and might be available in the future. We will update our website as soon as this option becomes available.   


Is it possible to specialize within the LLM program?


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


Life in Eugene


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.  

Another option is off-campus housing (meaning that the University of Oregon does not own the property). 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