Thank you for your interest in BU Law’s LLM Degree Programs. Below is the detailed set of criteria and instructions for applying to our LLM Degree Programs, as well as the Legal English Certificate Program. We look forward to seeing your application!

Application Overview and Timelines

Our admissions process is designed to be as personal as our programs, and we are one of the only LLM programs to interview candidates. From the moment you apply, we will be in constant contact with you about your application, including providing an online application status checker, so that you know exactly where you are in the admissions process.

Applications for Spring, Summer, and Fall entry are now open. For entry in the Fall semester, we begin reviewing applications and making decisions on a rolling basis in late fall and continuing throughout the spring. Generally, during this timeframe you may expect to receive a decision within 3-4 weeks of being notified by BU Law that your application is complete. Should you have circumstances that require you to receive an expedited admissions decision, please let us know. We understand that the application process can be stressful, and are here to help in whatever way we can!

Application Details

Before You Apply

Application Deadlines*

*For all LLM Programs, we strongly encourage applications be submitted well before these dates. Applications received after these dates are reviewed on a space available basis.

**While there are no formal application deadlines for the Executive LLM program, the deadlines above are suggested deadlines that should be taken into account by applicants.

Application Process

Scholarship Information

LLM Scholars Program

Through its LLM Scholars Program, BU Law awards financial support to a select number of LLM applicants who have demonstrated notable academic and professional achievements. There is no separate application process for scholarship awards; all candidates admitted to an LLM program receive full consideration, with no additional paperwork required. (At this time, students admitted to the online option of our Graduate Tax Program are not eligible for the LLM Scholars Program.)

LLM Leadership Program

The school reserves its highest awards for its LLM Leadership Program.  This program recognizes a small number of candidates for their prior professional achievements and potential for leadership in their practice.  LLM Leadership Awards include the school’s most generous scholarship support, designation as an LLM Leadership Scholar and invitations to participate in a range of special professional networking events throughout the academic year.  Candidates for Leadership Awards have a minimum of three years of work experience in the law or a related field. As with the LLM Scholars Program, no separate application is required.

Additional Details

LLM Scholar awards come in the form of partial-tuition waivers. Complete tuition waivers are not available. Therefore, all candidates must secure their own funding sources to cover the entire cost of attendance.

Financial Documentation

International students applying to a full-time residential program are required to complete the International Student Data Form, and provide the appropriate financial declaration and documentation, as described in the form, directly to BU Law’s LLM Admissions Office. While you may submit your financial documentation after you receive admission, processing your visa materials may be expedited if you submit your financial statements at the time of your initial application.

LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LSAC LLM CAS)

LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) consists of two parts: the Document Assembly Service and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.  These simplify the application process by centralizing the submission of application materials. By utilizing the LLM CAS, applicants need only send one set of documents to LSAC, who will assemble and distribute reports to all the participating law schools to which you wish to apply. Your Credential Assembly Service account will be active for five years.

We require that applicants use the Document Assembly Service ($85 USD), which collects academic records, letters of recommendation, and English proficiency exam score(s) and distribute them to the law schools of your choice. There is also a  required Report Fee ($30 USD) that goes along with the Document Assembly Service. The International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service ($135) is optional but strongly recommended for applicants educated outside of the United States, as it enables applicants’ official academic documents to be sent once to LSAC for evaluation, authentication and transmission to the participating law schools of your choice. We strongly advise applicants to register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service in advance of the application deadline.

Total Application Fees

Fee Type Cost Required or Optional?
BU Law LLM Programs Application Fee $85 Required
LSAC LLM CAS Document Assembly Fee $85 Required
LSAC LLM CAS Report Fee $30 Required
LSAC LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication & Evaluation Service $135 Strongly recommended

If you experience technical difficulties in using LSAC’s online application service, please call the LSAC Help Desk at 215-968-1393 or e-mail support@LSAC.org. LSAC Help Desk hours are listed here.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, or veteran status. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, including admissions, financial assistance, employment, housing, athletics and educational programs. Boston University recognizes that nondiscrimination does not ensure that equal opportunity is a reality. The University therefore will continue to take affirmative action to promote equal opportunity for all students, applicants and employees. Inquiries regarding the application of this policy should be addressed to:

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
25 Buick Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone 617-353-4477

Contact Us

Please direct all correspondence, inquiries, and application materials to:

Boston University School of Law
Graduate & International Programs Office
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1003
Boston, MA 02215
Phone 617-353-5323
Email bullm@bu.edu