For LL.M. program FAQs, please also visit the FAQs page of the LL.M. academic program section of this site.
1. Who is eligible for the LL.M. Program in United States Law?
Applicants must have received a university degree in law (the equivalent of a J.D. or LL.B. degree) from an accredited educational institution outside the United States. This is a first degree in law and in many cases is an LL.B. degree. J.D. graduates of American law schools are not eligible for the LL.M. degree.
2. What is the application deadline date?
Application materials will be available in mid-October and applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions format, beginning in November. To allow enough time for the processing and issuance of the required visas, the deadline date for the submission of application materials is April 30.
3. Are the TOEFL target scores of 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT), 100 (iBT) or the IELTS target score of 7.0 a firm requirement?
The indicated TOEFL and IELTS scores are not rigid requirements. Instead, they are important targets that the Admissions Committee seeks for the purpose of assuring English language proficiency, which is critical for successful legal studies in a program that integrates LL.M. students into the regular curriculum offered to American students earning a J.D. degree. The LL.M. Admissions Committee may encourage or require applicants with apparent deficits to complete available English language instruction to secure admission to the program.
4. Should I use LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
Using LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is strongly recommended by the UNC Admissions Committee; however, it is not required.
5. Are there other services one can use besides LSAC?
Yes, other academic evaluation services may be used such as World Educational Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
6. May I submit an application and supporting materials by e-mail attachment?
No. The UNC LL.M. program accepts applications only in hard copy received by mail or through the LSAC CAS process.
7. How much are tuition and fees, and what is the total estimated cost of earning the LL.M. degree?
Tuition and fees were $42,493 for the 2013-2014 academic year. The estimated living expenses for the academic year (September to May), which include health insurance, housing, meals, books and personal expenses were$15,061. Altogether, the total cost of earning the LL.M. degree at UNC School of Law is estimated for 2013-14 to be $57,554. Updated figures will be posted in October for the 2014-15 academic year.
8. Are financial guarantees required?
All international students seeking a visa must certify that they have sufficient funds to finance the educational and living expenses entailed in earning their degree.
9. Is on-campus housing available for LL.M. students?
Yes, for more information see the Community Resources page.
10. Is financial aid available?
All applicants will be considered for merit scholarships during the admissions process. Those needing financial assistance may find helpful information through the Institute of International Education, http://www.iie.org/ and http://www.fundingusstudy.org/. United States citizens and permanent residents may find helpful information at http://www.finaid.org/.
The United States Embassy or consulate in your home country may have additional information on Fulbright Scholarships and other fellowship opportunities. Funding sources in the applicant's home country could include employers, government agencies and foundations. A partial list of organizations that offer scholarship funding for U.S. graduate study includes:
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation scholarships for students from Greece.
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) program for students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.
DAAD Scholarships for German Citizens
Denmark-America Foundation & the Fulbright Commission offer grants and advising for Danes and Americans.
Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Programs (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan)
Égide manages international exchange programs for French students
Finlandia Foundation National administrates grants and scholarships to celebrate, support and strengthen Finnish heritage and Finnish-American culture and traditions.
Haniel Foundation for German students
Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (IASF) provides scholarships to full-time students of Iranian heritage attending undergraduate and graduate schools in the United States
Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowships & Grants for Polish Citizens
Norway-America Association program for students from Norway.
Organization of Istanbul Armenians Scholarship
Victor Pinchuk Foundation Worldwide Studies Scholarship for Ukrainian citizens
Fulbright Program (find website specific to the student’s home country)
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans for Green Card holders, naturalized citizens, and children of parents who are both naturalized citizens
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship for a new lawyer or public policy school graduate to develop skills and network criteria to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy.
Postgrad Solutions gives away fifteen bursaries a year to student beginning postgraduate programs.
Various countries (scholarships for women only):