Applications are accepted between September 1st and April 30th, to be considered for the succeeding class.
Law degree requirement
Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent on all undergraduate work and must have been in good academic standing upon graduation from their legal degree granting institution.
Applicants will be required to (1) hold a foreign law degree (such as an LL.B.) qualifying them to apply for or sit for a licensing examination that would enable them to practice law in their home jurisdiction and (2) demonstrate a command of the English language sufficient to allow them to achieve success in their course work here in the United States. The first of these qualifications will be highly variable and dependent upon the country and jurisdiction in which the prospective student practices or lives. Prospective applicants to the LL.M. program will be required to show unequivocal proof of their graduation from a recognized degree granting institution in their home country before gaining admission to the degree program.
English language proficiency requirement
Students for whom English is not their first language must submit a score of at least 570 (paper-based exam) or 88 (internet-based exam) points on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, or a score of at least 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other comparable evidence of English proficiency in order to be considered for admission to the LL.M. program. Scores must be reported directly to the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Official transcripts and certificates of degree completion must be submitted directly to the University of Tennessee College of Law. A certified English language translation must also accompany transcripts not originally issued in English. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing foreign institution in a sealed envelope from the respective college or university. Transcripts that have been opened or otherwise tampered with will be deemed unacceptable.
Before admission can be granted, applicants must document availability of sufficient funds for 12 months of studies, either in the form of savings, grants, loans, or otherwise reliable sources of funding. Please visit Tuition and Fees for the most current estimate of expenses.
Good Academic Standing and Academic Probation
Once admitted, in line with overarching College of Law academic policies, in order to remain in good standing, students enrolled in the LL.M. degree program must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA average for the work in any one semester and overall. A student who receives a grade point average of below 2.0 for a grading period or who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 shall be placed on academic probation for his or her next grading period. If a student receives a grade point average below 2.0 for a grading period in which the student is on academic probation, the student shall be excluded from the College of Law.
Students seeking admission to the LL.M. program must complete an online application between September 1st and April 30th in order to be considered for the succeeding class. 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.