Admission to the LL.M. in American Legal Studies at Charlotte School of Law requires a prior degree in law from any institution outside of the U.S.  Applicants must have a degree that allows them to practice law in another country: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Juris Doctor degree, or equivalent.

Application Deadlines

Charlotte School of Law’s LL.M. program operates on a rolling admissions cycle.  This means that prospective students can apply to the program at any time and after acceptance will be placed in the next Fall or Spring class.  Prospective students may apply electronically or by completing a paper application.  Completed electronic applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council at  Applications for the LL.M. must be submitted no later than two months preceding the semester in which the applicant is seeking admission.

Application Instructions

All students must apply to Charlotte School of Law’s LL.M. program through either the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or by completing a paper application. There is no application fee for first-time applicants. In order to submit an electronic application, students must:
* Applicants may qualify for exemption of the TOEFL/IELTS reporting requirement.  A waiver of the English language reporting requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Refer to Charlotte School of Law’s TOEFL requirement before requesting a waiver of the requirement.
  1. Create an account at Review LSAC’s LL.M. Application Checklist for further information on the steps to apply.
  2. Register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. Students must also register for LSAC’s Document Assembly Service AND International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
  3. Submit the necessary documents required for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS):
    • Two letters of recommendation highlighting the applicant’s academic and character qualifications from professional or educational references
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional schools attended
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores*
  4. Complete your Charlotte School of Law LL.M. application through with required attachments:
    • Personal statement (1-3 pages):
      • New York Track: Applicants should explain their goals in pursuing an LL.M. degree that would allow them to sit for the New York bar.
      • Flexible Track:  Applicants should explain their interest in pursuing an LL.M. degree that would allow them to write a publishable work.
    • Résumé
    • LSAT scores, if applicable. (Charlotte School of Law does not require a LSAT score for admission to the LL.M. in American Legal Studies; however, scores may be considered for admissions purposes.)
  5. Pay the application fee (if required). The application fee is free for first-time applicants and $50.00 USD for re-applying applicants.
Students wishing to complete a paper application should contact either an admissions representative or an LL.M.  Coordinator to request the application.

English Proficiency Concerns?

Interested in this program but concerned about your level of English language proficiency?
Charlotte School of Law is a proud participant in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network (UCAN). The UCAN network provides academically qualified international students with assured pathways to their chosen University programs before they fulfill English proficiency requirements. Successful graduation from an ELS Center will satisfy Charlotte School of Law’s English proficiency requirement. ELS Educational Services offers the largest Network of campus based English for Academic Purposes instruction centers in the world. For more information please click here.

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