Why Choose Syracuse Law’s LL.M. Program for International Law Graduates?

The students enrolled in our LL.M. program have obtained a first-degree in law (i.e. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), etc.) from abroad.  They are practicing lawyers, academics, and judges. We have hosted foreign lawyers from over 40 countries to pursue studies in human rights and comparative disability law, technology commercialization, corporate law, to prepare for the New York bar exam, and many other specializations. 

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Applying is Easy! Submit your LL.M. Application Form and upload your supplemental materials via the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

Once your application is complete, we will schedule an admissions interview to discuss your experience, goals, and questions about the program.

You only need to pay the Electronic Application Processing Service Fee (remove all other charges!). Syracuse Law does not collect an application fee.

Priority consideration is given to applicants who apply by June 1 for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency (if applicable)
  • E-Application on LSAC

Subject to approval by the LL.M. Admissions Committee, admitted candidates may request to defer admission up to one year without the need to re-apply to the program.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Syracuse Law recommends a TOEFL score of 90+ or an IELTS score of 6.5+; and will consider additional factors when assessing English proficiency. Use our TOEFL School Code 2823 to have your electronic scores directly submitted. We offer conditional admission to application who may need to improve their English proficiency before beginning their LL.M. studies.

Join our six-week English for Lawyers summer program to before your LL.M. studies to polish your language skills and learn important legal terminology and writing principles.

Students who are non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to obtain an F1 student visa before entering the United States. Admitted students will be asked to provide proof of financial support documentation showing the availability of reliable funds to cover the cost of the program, before an I-20 is issued by Syracuse University with instructions on the steps to pay your SEVIS Fee and set up an appointment with the U.S. Consular Section abroad. Students bringing dependents should consult with LL.M. program administration regarding additional documentation requirements. See more details about the student visa.

With all the comforts of a modern city, Syracuse enjoys an affordable cost of living and offers access to beautiful year-round landscapes.

Our cost-of-attendance includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and anticipated personal living expenses. All students are considered for merit scholarships to reduce the cost of tuition. Scholarship decisions are based on variety of factors, including academic performance, professional experience, and other factors.

Students may pursue additional funding opportunities through private loans (such as through Prodigy Finance or Sallie Mae), federally-funding student loans (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents), or outside scholarships. Visit Law Office of Financial Aid to learn more about alternative sources of funding.

Connect directly with Syracuse Law by reaching out to our admissions team at LLMadmissions@syr.edu, following us on X @SUCollegeofLaw, Instagram @SyracuseLaw, and Facebook.

We encourage admitted students in Syracuse Law’s LL.M., S.J.D., and Exchange programs, along with invited Visiting Scholars, to review the information pertaining to pre-arrival details and instructions that will help to ensure a smooth transition to Syracuse University and the College of Law.

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