classroom five webThe LL.M. program is limited to students who have:

  • obtained an LL.B. from a foreign country; or
  • completed in a foreign country the university-based legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that foreign country; or
  • qualified to practice law in a foreign country; or
  • the equivalent thereof as determined by the LL.M. Admissions Committee.

In admitting students, the LL.M. Admissions Committee will consider, among other things, outstanding academic performance, professional experience, and quality of the degree-granting institution.

Application Process

The regular application cycle for admission to the LL.M program is from September 15 to March 15 for enrollment the following August. Starting in Fall 2013 and due to an increase in the number of applications received by the LL.M Program, the LL.M Admissions Committee will be reviewing applications early and making decisions on admissions for early applications. PLEASE NOTE: The LL.M Program will CONTINUE accepting and reviewing applications until March 15, 2015. However, applications which are complete and are received by the Program by November 1, 2014 will receive priority review and a decision by December 1.

We recommend that you start your application to the Moritz LL.M Program early. Part of the application process necessitates that you work with third parties, whether they be your recommenders, or institutions that will need to provide documents or scores to complete your application. Moreover, it may often take up to three months to obtain a student visa, if needed, once you have been officially accepted to the program.

Please read instructions for each section carefully. All required materials must be received before you will be considered for admission to the Moritz LL.M. Program. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Moritz LL.M. office at (614) 292-1241 or moritzllm@osu.edu.

Application Fee

There is a $50 application fee for international students and a fee of $40 for U.S. citizens permanent residents; both are nonrefundable. You must pay this application fee by credit or debit card in U.S. dollars at the time of online application submission.

Application

The Moritz LL.M. Program uses an online application process.  You may pay the required application fee using a credit or  debit card, and submit your application and other credentials (see below) via  the electronic application process.

If you cannot use the electronic application process, a  paper application is available on request from the Moritz LL.M. Office.

Please use your correct legal name at the time you apply to  the university. If your name or address changes prior to enrollment in the  university, please contact the Moritz LL.M. Office at (614) 292-1241 or moritzllm@osu.edu after the change occurs.

The Social Security Number is collected by the  university’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as an additional  way to identify application materials that you submit in support of your application.  In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid uses the Social Security  Number to verify your attendance if you are a loan, scholarship or grant  recipient. If you anticipate receiving a loan, scholarship or grant you are  strongly encouraged to provide your Social Security Number if you have one;  otherwise it is not required for admission and is not used as a main  identifier.

Deadline

Applications  will be considered as they are received, so prospective students will increase  their chances of admission by applying early. The admissions cycle begins  September 15. The final deadline for applications is March 15, and prospective  students who apply after this date will be considered only if the class has not  been filled or if vacancies occur.

Decision

Once  the Moritz LL.M. Office has received all of the documents required for  admission, the LL.M. Admissions Committee will make a decision within six to  eight weeks.

Academic Record

Official transcripts (and English translations) from all  previously attended academic institutions should be sent directly from the  awarding institution by the March 15 deadline. When applying online, you may  choose to use the credentialing service offered by LSAC (there is a fee for  this service). Alternatively, you may choose to send transcripts directly to  the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below).

Upon completion of any subsequent courses, or completion of  the final semester for new graduates, you must send an updated official  transcript to either LSAC (if using the credentialing  service) or the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below). Applicants who  have attended The Ohio State University are not required to furnish OSU transcripts,  but they must provide transcripts for any courses taken elsewhere.

PLEASE ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR US TO RECEIVE  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS.

Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS

Because the Moritz LL.M. program requires large amounts of  analytical reading and writing, as well as being able to participate in very  interactive classes, we require that you have sufficient knowledge of the  English language to succeed in your program of study. Candidates whose native  language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign  Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants who are citizens of or who have  completed a degree in one of the following countries are exempt from the  TOEFL/IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British  West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New  Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.

Minimum Acceptable Total Scores

  • TOEFL: 80 internet-based; 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based
  • IELTS: 6.5

You  must have taken the test within the past two years. Please arrange to have your  TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing center to LSAC (if using  the credentialing service) or The Ohio State University. The institution  code for sending TOEFL scores to Ohio State is 1592. Information and  registration materials for the tests can be obtained by contacting TOEFL or IELTS.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three letters of recommendation  in support of your application for admission. At least one person recommending  you needs to be a professor familiar with your legal coursework.

The LL.M. Admissions Committee is especially interested  in two aspects of your letters of recommendation: how well your recommenders  know you, and what those people tell us about you. We hope to discover concrete  examples and descriptions that will enable us to further understand your  personality, as well as your potential to succeed after obtaining your LL.M.  degree. Recommenders should address topics such as:

  • performance in independent study or in research groups
  • intellectual independence
  • research interests
  • capacity for analytical thinking
  • ability to work with others
  • ability to organize and express ideas clearly
  • drive and motivation

Letters  must be printed on official academic or business letterhead stationery and  signed by the recommender. The applicant’s name should be on each page of the  letter. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted if they are unsigned,  are not on letterhead, do not include a contact phone number for  verification, or if the envelopes have been opened.

Letters must be sent by the recommender, or by the applicant in their original, sealed envelopes, to LSAC (if using credentialing service) or to the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below.)

Please keep in mind it is your responsibility to ensure that your recommenders have submitted their recommendations by the March 15 deadline.

Resume

All applicants must submit a resume that contains the following:

  • all post-secondary educational information;
  • all relevant past and present work experience;
  • volunteer, service and/or extracurricular activities with which you have been involved in the past three years; and
  • a list of any honors and/or awards you have received.

You  may submit it as an attachment to the LSAC online application, or mail it to  the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below), or scan and email it to moritzllm@osu.edu.  Remember, this is an opportunity to give us additional insight into what you  will contribute to both the LL.M. class and the Moritz community.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is especially valuable to the LL.M. Admissions Committee. It should provide a thoughtful reflection on your reasons for seeking an LL.M. in the United States and on your longer-term career and personal goals.

Please address the following questions in your personal statement:

  1. What are your reasons for seeking an LL.M. degree in the United States? How will an LL.M. degree further your professional and/or personal goals? What do you hope to gain from your experience as an international student?
  2. Given your unique background, what specific contributions are you prepared to make to the Moritz community, both in and out of class? How will your membership in the LL.M. class enrich our community of scholars?

You may submit the personal statement as an attachment to the LSAC online application, or mail it to the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below), or scan and email it to moritzllm@osu.edu.

Applying for Scholarships

All applications completed and received by February 1 will receive priority consideration for scholarship awards. There is no separate scholarship essay required. All applicants will be automatically considered for all applicable scholarships. Applications received between February 1 and March 15 will be considered if funding allows.

Moritz LL.M. Scholarship

The Moritz LL.M. Scholarship is awarded to outstanding LL.M. applicants who will contribute to the intellectual diversity and strength of the LL.M. program. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, or country where their LL.B. was earned, are eligible for this scholarship. Awards range in value from $3,000 to $10,000.

Jones Day Scholarship for Applicants from the People’s Republic of China

The Jones Day Scholarship is supported by the generosity of Jones Day, one of the world’s largest and most successful international firms. In keeping with its role in helping to globalize the marketplace, Jones Day has continued its generous support for the Moritz College of Law by sponsoring an annual scholarship for talented lawyers from the People’s Republic of China. This scholarship offers a 50% tuition waiver and seeks to support students who show promise through a record of community service, academic or professional achievement, leadership and/or overcoming hardship. In awarding the scholarship, we seek candidates who have the capability and commitment to share their perspectives with other LL.M. students and the J.D. students at Moritz.

Scholarship for the Americas

Lawyers who have obtained their LL.B degree in law from Central or South America will be automatically considered. The Scholarship for the Americas is merit-based and offers two (2) $15,000 tuition waivers per year. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong academic aptitude, work experience, and who will contribute to the intellectual diversity and strength of the LL.M program.

Scholarship for Africa

Lawyers who have obtained their LL.B degree in law from African countries will be automatically considered. The Scholarship for Africa is merit-based and offers two (2) $15,000 tuition waivers per year. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong academic aptitude, work experience, and who will contribute to the intellectual diversity and strength of the LL.M program.

Scholarship for Europe

Lawyers who have obtained their LL.B degree in law from European countries will be automatically considered. The Scholarship for Europe is merit-based and offers two (2) $15,000 tuition waivers per year. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong academic aptitude, work experience, and who will contribute to the intellectual diversity and strength of the LL.M program.

Scholarship for Southeast Asia

Lawyers who have obtained their LL.B degree in law from Southeast Asian countries will be automatically considered. The Scholarship for Southeast Asia is merit-based and offers two (2) $15,000 tuition waivers per year. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong academic aptitude, work experience, and who will contribute to the intellectual diversity and strength of the LL.M program.

Scholarships Offered with Other Partners

COLFUTURO Grants

The Moritz College of Law offers half tuition waivers to COLFUTURO award winners from Colombia. Applicants must apply directly to the Moritz LL.M. program. COLFUTURO award recipients must provide proof of their award to the Moritz College to be awarded the tuition waiver. This award is limited to four applicants per application cycle. For full details, visit the COLFUTURO website.

Fulbright Grants

The Moritz College of Law offers partial tuition waivers to Fulbright award winners, effectively lowering the tuition amount to Ohio resident rates. Applicants must apply through the Fulbright program in their home countries. Often applications must be received one year in advance of planned matriculation. For full details, visit the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Program for Foreign Students website.

Muskie Grants

Citizens from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan are eligible for the Edmund S. Muskie Ph.D. Fellowship. The Moritz College of Law offers partial tuition waivers to Muskie fellows, effectively lowering the tuition amount to Ohio resident rates. For full details, visit the Muskie program website.

What Happens After You Submit Your Complete Application

A. Provisional Admission (for students seeking F-1 or J-1  visa) Once an applicant has properly submitted all of the  documents required for admission, a provisional admittance decision will be  made. If it is favorable, a “recommended for admission” email will be  sent to the prospective student from The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional  Admissions Office. Attached to this email will be an Affidavit of Financial  Support form. This form must be completed and submitted with appropriate  documentation to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

 B. Official Notice of Admission (for students seeking F-1 or  J-1 visa)           Once a student’s financial status has been ascertained, the  Graduate and Professional Admissions Office sends a letter of Official Notice  of Admission, along with an I-20 or DS-2019 if applicable, to the student. The  Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that international  students requesting an I-20 for an F-1 visa or a DS-2019 for a J-1 visa provide  an address outside the United States (see application form). The student will  use the I-20 or DS-2019 to obtain a visa.

C. Acceptance Statement and Fees (for all students)           Accompanying the Official Notice of Admission is an  Acceptance Statement notifying the newly admitted student that he or she must  pay a nonrefundable $25 acceptance fee and a nonrefundable $200 tuition  deposit. The tuition deposit will be credited to the LL.M. student’s tuition  charges for the fall semester. Receipt of the fee/deposit guarantees a seat in  the August entering class.

D. Final Transcript (for all students)         New law school graduates must submit a final  transcript to LSAC (if using credentialing service) or to the Moritz LL.M.  Office (address below) before matriculating.

Retention of Documents, Reapplication and Deferral Requests

The application and supporting documents become the property of The Ohio State University and may not be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to another institution. All application materials are retained for one year.

An applicant who wishes to reapply for admission for the following year may do so by submitting a new online application and application fee. Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be carried over to the new year, but the applicant will be required to provide the LL.M. Admissions Committee with an updated resume and personal statement.

Admitted applicants who wish to delay enrollment into the LL.M. Program may request a deferral of admission. Such requests must be in writing (email is acceptable) and should outline the reason(s) for the request. Deferral requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the LL.M. Admissions Committee. An applicant who is granted a deferral must pay the $200 tuition deposit in order to hold his/her seat for the coming year and will be asked to provide updated information prior to February 1 of the following year.

Valuing Diversity

The Ohio State University is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality workforce, to reflect human diversity, and to improve opportunities for minorities and women. The university embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law.

Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination. Title I and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provide equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodation, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in education programs and activities. Equal access to employment opportunities, admission, educational programs, and all other university activities is extended to all persons.

For further information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 124 Archer House, 2130 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1174, (614) 292-4164 or visit http://www.ohr.ohio-state.edu/policy/policy110.PDF. You can access the Cleary Act Annual Crime Report for The Ohio State University at http://www.ps.ohio-state.edu/police/campus_safety/annual_crimes_report.php.

Office for Disability Services

Applicants with any documented disability who may require special assistance are urged to contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS). This office coordinates academic support services and accommodations for individuals who have special needs as a result of a permanent or temporary disability. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those with attention deficit disorder, mobility, hearing, visual, speech, psychiatric, or learning disabilities. Academic accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services are individualized and based on disability documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs. As ODS is the designated campus office to determine appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids for students with disabilities, documentation of the disability for eligibility determination should be submitted to ODS as early as possible in the admissions process.

For more information about these support services and accommodations:

Office for Disability Services
150 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1297
U.S.A.
001-614-292-3307 (V/T)
001-614-429-1334 (VRS)
ods@studentlife.osu.edu
001-614-292-4190 (FAX)
http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu

Application Checklist & Reminders

Use this checklist to be sure you have completed all necessary steps to apply for admission to the Moritz College of Law LL.M. Program at The Ohio State University.

If using LSAC for BOTH application and credentialing services…
Submit the following items to LSAC:

  • Completed electronic application
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($50 for international students and $40 for U.S. citizens or permanent residents)
  • Official transcripts (and English translations) in sealed envelopes from all previously attended academic institutions
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores sent from the testing center
  • Resume (as an attachment)
  • Personal statement (as an attachment)
  • Three letters of recommendation, on letterhead and with original signature, in sealed envelopes from the recommender

If using LSAC for application services only…
Submit the following items to LSAC:

  • Completed electronic application
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($50 for international students and $40 for U.S. citizens or permanent residents)
  • Resume (as an attachment)
  • Personal statement (as an attachment)

Submit the following items to the Moritz LL.M. Office:

  • Official transcripts (and English translations) in sealed envelopes from all previously attended academic institutions
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores sent from the testing center
  • Three letters of recommendation, on letterhead and with original signature, in sealed envelopes from the recommender

If you are NOT using LSAC, and wish to submit a paper application…

Submit the following items to the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below):

  • Completed application (email us to request a paper form)
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($50 for international students and $40 for U.S. citizens or permanent residents), paid by money order, or by check (drawn from a bank that has a branch office in the United States, and which has that branch office name and complete U.S. address printed on the check), made payable to “The Ohio State University”
  • Official transcripts (and English translations) in sealed envelopes from all previously attended academic institutions
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores sent from the testing center to The Ohio State University
  • Resume (can be emailed or sent via post)
  • Personal statement (can be emailed or sent via post)
  • Three letters of recommendation, on letterhead and with original signature, in sealed envelopes from the recommender

ALL items must be received by March 15.

For More Information

You may contact the LL.M. Office by phone or email as listed below. The office is staffed Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST.

The Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law
LL.M. Program Office
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1391
001-614-292-1241
moritzllm@osu.edu
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/admissions/llm