College of Law

LLM: Applying for Admission

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When to apply

Applications are accepted from October 1 through May 30 of each academic year.


Law degree requirement

Applicants must provide academic transcripts showing successful completion—in good academic standing—of a law degree from a university outside the United States. A minimum 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent is required. Correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission to the LLM program.

English language proficiency requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or sit for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 570 (paper score) or 88 (Internet score) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.5 or better is required. Other evidence of a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English may be considered instead of the TOEFL or IELTS.

How to apply

Apply for admission to the LLM program using the online application through the Law School Admission Council’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants must submit application materials online through the LLM CAS. The fee for purchasing a CAS subscription is $75 USD.

The required elements of the application for admission are:

  • UT Law application for admission
  • LSAC Credential Assembly Service
    Applicants must provide official academic transcripts through this service. LSAC, in cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) provides law schools with verification, authentication, and evaluations of transcripts.
  • International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service
    An official score report on the TOEFL or IELTS must be submitted as part of the application process.
  • LLM personal statement
    Your personal statement should include information about your reasons for seeking the LLM degree and may include information about your personal, academic, or professional experiences.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    Please submit your current professional résumé.
  • Letters of recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Please select recommenders who can address your academic and professional abilities or performance.
  • Application fee
    Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD. The fee should be paid online by credit card or may be paid by certified check or money order payable to the University of Tennessee.


How can I check on the status of my application for admission?

Applicants will receive confirmation of their application in an e-mail message from UT Law. This confirmation message will contain a user name and password. Applicants should use this information to check their application status periodically.

What are “character and fitness” questions for applicants?

Applicants for admission (and for a bar examination in every US jurisdiction) must reply to specific questions about disciplinary actions in an academic setting and charges or convictions in civil or criminal matters. Applicants should be prepared to provide any requested documentation to avoid delay in processing the application.

More information

Please consider these resources as you prepare to apply for admission to UT Law: