To be considered for the LL.M. program, an applicant must have a first law degree (J.D., LL.B. or the equivalent) from a foreign or ABA accredited law school. Admission to the LL.M. program is competitive. In evaluating applications, the Committee takes into consideration the applicant's grades and rank in law school and other university studies, letters of recommendation, occupational interests, professional and personal accomplishments, and other factors.
Who Should Apply?
The program is designed for intellectually curious and thoughtful candidates who come from a variety of legal systems and backgrounds and who have demonstrated an intent to return to their country to contribute to the legal profession. The College is equally interested in applicants pursuing careers in law teaching and research, government service, the judiciary, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private practice.
We require electronic applications via the LSAC Online Services website. The application is available by the end of October each year.
Priority Deadline: June 1
All of the following must accompany the LL.M. Application for Admission
- Non-Refundable $50 Application Fee
- Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
- Personal Statement - Not to exceed 3 pages and includes your reasons for wanting to study law at the University of Idaho
- Letters of Recommendation - At least 2 are required and it is strongly recommended that at least one letter come from a post-secondary professor whose class you have taken
- Detailed addendum if any question on the Character and Fitness section is answered “Yes”
- Completion of the English Language Proficiency Requirement:
- TOEFL: 550 on the paper test or 79 on the internet test
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5
- UI American Language and Culture Program: With a Level 6 Pass
- Earned degree at an accredited institution OR successfully completed upper level college courses, both taught and evaluated in English
Supplemental Information for the Application
Any of the following may accompany the Application for Admission:
- Diversity Addendum expanding on any circumstance(s) or factor(s) listed
- Any other appropriate materials
Checking Your Status
All applicants may check the status of their application online. Upon completion of an applicant’s file, the Admissions Office will send him or her a “Notification of Complete Application Email” containing the applicant’s username and password for checking application status.
Please note that when you check your status the screen will display your file all the way up to and including the final admission decision (e.g., whether you have been admitted, placed in the standby pool, or denied).
In addition to receiving notifications via the LSAC website, admitted applicants will receive an email and an official Letter of Acceptance, which will include the non-refundable seat deposit information and scholarship offers.
Tuition & Fees
Our LL.M. program is the only one in Idaho and one of a few in the Northwest and Mountain West regions. At $36,072 a year in 2017-18, our nonresident tuition is a great value. Modest scholarships are available to LL.M. applicants and are awarded at the point of admission.
Take a look at our LL.M. degree program, emphasis areas and faculty through our viewbook.
Learn More About the Master of Laws (LL.M.)
The LL.M. degree is 9-month program from August to May that requires students to complete 24 credits. Students may select from one of four emphasis areas.
Meet the LL.M. Faculty Director
Jeffrey A. Dodge
Jeffrey A. Dodge serves as the Faculty Director of the LL.M. program. He developed the LL.M. program at the University of Idaho in 2015. As the Faculty Director, Dean Dodge will assist LL.M. students with any academic, professional, or personal needs. In addition to his role with LL.M. students, he serves as Associate Dean of Students for the College of Law.
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