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Who May Apply

The LL.M. program is limited to students who have:

  • obtained an LL.B. (or its equivalent) from a foreign country;
  • completed, in a foreign country, the university-based legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that foreign country;
  • 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 and Deadline

The regular application cycle for admission to the LL.M program is from September 15 to April 15 for enrollment the following August. Although we encourage early applications for an early decision, we continue to process applications received on a rolling basis until approximately April 15.

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.

LLM Students at school 4Application Fee

There is a $50 application fee for international students and a $40 application fee for U.S. citizens or 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. (If applying via LSAC, you can request a fee waiver code from our office by sending an email to moritzllm@osu.edu. If applying via our online application directly to OSU, you will be given the option to request an application fee waiver before submitting your application online).

Application

To apply, you can either complete the LL.M. application available at LSAC or apply directly to The Ohio State University. Both links are provided below. 

LLM Application – LSAC  

LLM Application – The Ohio State University 

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.

Academic Record

Moritz encourages you to apply online and use the credential service offered by LSAC (there is a fee for this service). Alternatively, if you apply through LSAC, you may choose to scan and send transcripts/degree certifications via email directly to the Moritz LL.M. office (moritzllm@osu.edu). If using the OSU online application, you may upload official copies online. Applications will not be reviewed prior to receipt of all transcripts.

In addition, if an applicant is admitted and decides to matriculate at OSU, official transcripts (and English translations) from all previously attended academic institutions should be sent in sealed envelopes directly by the applicant to OSU to the address below. Otherwise, the admitted applicant can bring the sealed envelopes with them to OSU at the time of matriculation.

If your home institution can send official transcripts directly to OSU via email, please have them do so to gpadocs@osu.edu. If you are submitting them via post, please send them to:

Regular postal address for mailing WITHIN the U.S.
Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004

Express mail address for mailing from OUTSIDE the U.S.
Graduate and Professional Admissions
Student Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132
USA
http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/help/contact-us.html

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.
LLM Students at school 2Minimum Acceptable Total Scores

TOEFL: 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; 80 IBT

IETLS: 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.org or ielts.org.

 

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation in support of your application for admission.

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. 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. 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 their credentialing service) or to the Moritz LL.M. Office (address below). If the recommenders can send the letters directly to the Moritz LL.M. office via email, they can do so by using the office email address (moritzllm@osu.edu). Those applying through the online Moritz application will be able to provide their recommenders’ contact information for them to submit letters directly online to OSU. This option is not available to those who apply through LSAC.

Please keep in mind it is your responsibility to ensure that your recommenders have submitted their recommendations by the April 15 deadline. Applications will not be reviewed prior to receipt of all letters of recommendation.

Resume 

All applicants must submit a resume that contains the following:llm-students-at-school-31-300x231

  • 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 upload it with your OSU online application service. 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. If you are unsure how to format a US style resume, feel free to use this resume template as a guide. 

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 (2 pages max):

  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, email it to the Moritz LL.M. office (moritzllm@osu.edu), or if using the OSU online application, upload it online.  

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. This scholarship awards outstanding applicants up to $1,000.

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) 40% 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) 40% 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) 40% 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) 40% 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.

China Excellence Scholarship
Lawyers who have obtained their LL.B. degree in law from China will be automatically considered. The Scholarship for China is merit-based and offers two (2) 50% tuition waivers per year. The scholarship seeks to support students who show promise through a record of community service, academic or professional achievement, leadership and/or overcoming hardship.

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.

Financial Aid Offered by the OAS through the Rowe Fund Program
The Rowe Fund grants interest-free student loans to citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean countries to help them cover a portion of their educational costs in universities across the United States.  With this supplementary support, of up to $15,000 per student, the OAS through the Rowe Fund program continues promoting diversity, cultural exchange, and integration in the Americas.  The Rowe Fund’s website (www.oas.org/en/rowefund) offers a short informative video, FAQs, brochure, and a financial guide listing other financial resources for studies abroad.  For more information about scholarship opportunities and study abroad programs, visit: www.facebook.com/rowefund.

What Happens After You Submit Your Complete Application

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Decision
Once the Moritz LL.M. Office has received all of the documents required for admission, the LL.M. Admissions Committee will schedule a Skype interview with the applicant and make a decision within two to four weeks.

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 OSU (address above under Academic Records) 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 1590 North High St, Columbus, OH 43201-2190-1174, (614) 292-1050 or visit http://hr.osu.edu/public/documents/policy/policy110.pdf. You can access the Cleary Act Annual Crime Report for The Ohio State University.

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
098 Baker Hall
113 W. 12th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
U.S.A.
001-614-292-3307 (V/T)
001-614-429-1334 (VRS)
slds@osu.edu
001-614-292-4190 (FAX)
http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu

Application Checklist & Reminders

Website 3Use 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) or fee waiver code
  • 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)
  • Two 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 OSU:

  • Official transcripts (and English translations) from all previously attended academic institutions
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores sent from the testing center
  • Two 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 an online application to OSU…
Follow the online instructions and complete the application:

  • Official transcripts (and English translations) in sealed envelopes from all previously attended academic institutions (or upload them to the online application to accelerate review).
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores sent from the testing center to The Ohio State University (code 1592)
  • Resume (uploaded online)
  • Personal statement (uploaded online)
  • Two letters of recommendation, on letterhead and with original signature, in sealed envelopes from the recommender (can be emailed if sent directly from the recommender) or can be uploaded online. LF: Here, this makes sense, since this is for SIS applicants only. The application does explain that if they have trouble uploading, that they can email it to us so we can leave that information there and here just say that everything has to be submitted online.

ALL items must be received by April 15.

For More Information

You may contact the LL.M. Office by phone or email as listed below. The office is staffed Monday-Friday, 8:00 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