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International Applicants

Admission Requirements

DePaul College of Law offers both standard and conditional admission to applicants for whom English is a second language. Applicants must have received either a Bachelor of Laws from a foreign law school or a law degree from an accredited U.S. law school, or will have received such a degree prior to seeking admission. 

When to Apply

DePaul College of Law has a rolling admissions process and reviews applications as soon as they are completed. Early application is recommended. Applicants should submit all required materials by the deadline for the term for which they wish to apply.
  • Fall Semester (begins in August) July 1
  • Spring Semester (begins in January) Nov. 1
  • Summer Session (begins in June) April 1

Standard Admission

To expedite the application and administration process, applicants are encouraged to apply online. However, a PDF application is also available. International applicants should submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:
  • Completed application: An application is required for all applicants. Applications can be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or sent directly to the Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Application fee: A US $40 nonrefundable application processing fee is required. If submitting your application electronically, you may pay online through LSAC. If mailing in your application, you may submit a check payable to Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Personal statement: A personal statement is required and must accompany your application for admission. It should not exceed two pages, and may provide the LLM Admissions Committee with information regarding such matters as intellectual interests and pursuits; personal, family or educational background; experiences and talents of special interest; reasons for applying to the LLM program as they may relate to personal goals and professional aspirations; or any other factors that will assist the committee's evaluation of your candidacy for admission.
  • Resume: A current resume is required, should not exceed two pages and must accompany the application. It should include a complete employment record and identify honors, scholarships, and commendations received; membership in any bar, scholastic, honorary, and professional associations; as well as community, volunteer and extracurricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants, and additional letters are helpful. Letters may be written by employers or colleagues who are in positions to make critical and informed appraisals of qualifications. Letters from your law school professors also are particularly useful. Letters of recommendation can be submitted to LSAC or sent directly to the Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Evaluated law school transcript: Transcripts may be evaluated by LSAC CAS, WES or ECE or from another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  A current list of NACES members can be viewed here.
  • TOEFL/IELTS score: 90 on the iBT, 577 on the PBT or 6.5 on the IELTS. For applicants who do not meet minimum language requirements, please see conditional admission.

Conditional Admission and LLM/ELA Program

DePaul College of Law considers conditional admission for students who file a complete application (see requirements above), but do not meet minimum language requirements (90 on the iBT, 577 on the PBT or 6.5 on the IELTS). 

Students who otherwise have a strong overall academic record, but cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency, may apply for conditional admission to the College of Law. If granted conditional admission, an applicant may enroll in DePaul's
 English Language Academy (ELA).

To formally begin studies in the LLM program, an applicant who has been conditionally admitted must either successfully complete ELAs University Bridge Certificate or otherwise demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency (90 on the iBT, 577 on the PBT or 6.5 on the IELTS).

Prospective students may apply for the LLM/ELA Program in two ways (choose one):
  1. TOEFL/IELTS Score
    To apply for admission using English proficiency, a student must present one of the following scores:
    • 55-89 on the iBT TOEFL test
    • 480-576 on the paper-based TOEFL test
    • 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS test
  2. ELA Placement Test
    Students whose language skills do not meet the above English proficiency standards may still qualify for conditional admission based on their performance on the ELA Placement Essay.

Prospective students seeking conditional admissionare encouraged to apply online. However, a PDF application is also available. Required application materials include:

  • Completed Application: An application is required for all applicants. Applications can be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or sent directly to the Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Application fee: A US $40 nonrefundable application processing fee is required. If submitting your application electronically, you may pay online through LSAC. If mailing in your application, you may submit a check payable to Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Personal statement: A personal statement is required and must accompany your application for admission. It should not exceed two pages, and may provide the LL.M. Admissions Committee with information regarding such matters as intellectual interests and pursuits; personal, family or educational background; experiences and talents of special interest; reasons for applying to the LL.M. program as they may relate to personal goals and professional aspirations; or any other factors that will assist the committee's evaluation of your candidacy for admission.
  • Resume: A current resume is required, should not exceed two pages and must accompany the application. It should include a complete employment record and identify honors, scholarships, and commendations received; membership in any bar, scholastic, honorary, and professional associations; as well as community, volunteer and extracurricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants, and additional letters are helpful. Letters may be written by employers or colleagues who are in positions to make critical and informed appraisals of qualifications. Letters from your law school professors also are particularly useful. Letters of recommendation can be submitted to LSAC or sent directly to the Office of Law Graduate Admissions.
  • Evaluated law school transcript: Transcripts may be evaluated by LSAC CAS, WES or ECE or from another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A current list of NACES members can be viewed here.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply to the DePaul LLM program:
  1. Apply online through LSAC (highly recommended): Please note that LSAC charges a $75 registration fee to use their online application system. Additionally, there is an additional fee of $125 for international applicants using LSACs International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
  2. All application materials, except the evaluated law school transcript and TOEFL/IELTS score, can be emailed to lawllm@depaul.edu. Alternatively, applicants can mail the documents, including the evaluated law school transcript and TOEFL/IELTS score, to the following address: 
  3.  
    Office of Law Admissions
    ATTN: LLM Program
    DePaul University College of Law
    25 E. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604

Tuition

LLM program tuition is charged per credit hour. For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition is $1,470 per credit hour. To complete the 24 credit hour program full-time in one year of study, tuition is $35,280.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Law Graduate Admissions at (312) 362-8185 or lawllm@depaul.edu with questions about the application process.