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LL.M. Program: Application Deadlines and Materials

Application Deadlines

The application for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2015 is now closed. The application deadline for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2016 is December 1, 2015. (We strongly encourage applicants to make sure that all application materials are submitted by November 15, 2015.)

In addition to submitting the online LL.M. application by the deadline, applicants must make sure that any other required documents (e.g., transcripts, TOEFL results) are sent out in time for delivery to our office on or before the deadline. Please note that the application deadline will be strictly observed. It is your responsibility to make certain that all required materials reach the Graduate Program office by the deadline.

Application Materials

To apply to the LL.M. program, applicants must complete the relevant parts of the Graduate Program's online application. These call for applicants to provide information about themselves and the studies they propose to pursue at Harvard, letters of recommendation from professors and others who know their work, and transcripts from each university they have attended.

In addition, all applicants from non-English speaking countries who did not receive their full-time legal education entirely in the English language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination within two years prior to submitting their applications. The Graduate Program requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 25 on each subsection), or a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (with a minimum score of 60 on each of the three subsections and a score of at least 5.0 on the TWE). To ensure that your TOEFL score reaches the Harvard Law School Graduate Program Admissions Office, please use the following reporting code: Institution code: 3457, Department code: Graduate Law.

Applicants with at least two consecutive years of full-time university education conducted entirely in English may request a waiver of the TOEFL exam; however, such waivers are not automatic, and are granted at the sole discretion of the Graduate Program.

The TOEFL is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at locations around the world. For more information, please visit the ETS website.

Application Materials Checklist

Last modified: March 04, 2015

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