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LLM Application Process

You will be applying through our online LL.M. application system provided by LSAC. Please open an LSAC account first before you start applying. See below for detailed instructions on how to apply, and view LSAC’s Step-by-Step Guide to apply for an LLM program for additional instructions.


CHECK APPLICATION STATUS: After you have submitted your application, you can track the status of your application on our Application Online Status page, using the username and password sent to you in our confirmation of receipt of application email.


We enroll students in both the fall and spring semesters. The fall start date is mid- to late August each year. The spring start date is early January each year.


We encourage you to start your application early, especially to meet the deadline or priority dates for scholarship application. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received by the deadlines.


Fall 2022:

  • September 1, 2021: Applications open for Fall 2022 admission
  • June 1, 2022: Application Deadline for international applicants
  • July 15, 2022: Application Deadline for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, non F1/J1 visa applicants)


Spring 2013:

  • March 1, 2022: Applications open for Spring 2023 admission
  • October 15, 2022: Application Deadline for international applicants
  • December 15, 2022: Application Deadline for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, non F1/J1 visa applicants)


There is a nonrefundable law school application fee. You can request a waiver of this fee  from our office via email Please note that we however can’t waive other LSAC service fees which are listed here since these fees are charged directly by LSAC.


You must pay all the fees by credit or debit card in U.S. dollars at the time of the online application submission.

Applicants must submit official transcripts and other academic records (including a certificate of graduation, diploma, or degree statement) from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools previously attended.  Official academic records must be sent directly by each issuing institution to LSAC (address below) in a sealed envelope with the school’s official stamp or seal across the back flap. If the language of the documents is not English, the documents must be accompanied by a certified translation to be sent directly to LSAC as well. Applications will not be reviewed prior to receipt of all transcripts by the application deadlines.


Faxed copies and photocopies of academic records will not be accepted. Transcripts issued to you or sent to LSAC by you via mail or email will not be accepted or processed.


Applicants are required to submit academic records through LSAC’s Document Assembly Service (for a one-time fee of $50) and use LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (for a one-time fee of $135.) By using this system, LSAC will authenticate and evaluate international academic records.


Schools should send your official documents to:


LLM Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
Dept. 8511
Newtown PA 18940-8511

Applicants whose first 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).

    NOTE: To accommodate applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University will accept Duolingo English Test, the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL internet-based test Home Edition applying for admission for spring 2022, fall 2022, spring 2023 or fall 2023. All Duolingo test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival at campus. TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless they qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption.


    English Language Minimum Scores

    • TOEFL: 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; 80 IBT (or TOEFL Home Edition: 80)
    • IELTS (or IELTS Indicator): 6.5
    • Duolingo: 105


    TOEFL ITP will not be accepted unless a student takes this exam as part of Ohio State’s American Language Program.



    Applicants who are permanent residents or 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.


    Sending Test Scores

    You must have taken the test within the past two years.

    • TOEFL and IELTS scores must be sent directly to LSAC. To have your TOEFL score sent, provide ETS with LSAC institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent to LSAC. To have your IELTS score sent, contact your test center and ask that your official score report be sent to LSAC for electronic download.
    • Duolingo scores must be sent to Ohio State University. Please list Ohio State University as recipient of a score report.

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


    The LLM 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


    The letters of recommendation can be submitted to LSAC or to Moritz College of Law’s Office of International and Graduate Affairs.


    If submitted to LSAC: please visit the LSAC website to see the requirements for letters of recommendation and instructions for how to submit these letters.


    If submitted to Ohio State Moritz College of Law:


    By mail (letters must be sent in sealed envelopes):


    The Ohio State University
    Moritz College of Law
    International & Graduate Affairs
    55 West 12th Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43210-1391


    By e-mail (must be e-mailed directly by the recommenders):


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

    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 must submit your resume as an attachment to the LSAC online application. 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 U.S.-style resume, feel free to use this resume template as a guide.

    Your personal statement is especially valuable to the LLM Admissions Committee. It should provide a thoughtful reflection on your reasons for seeking an LLM 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 LLM degree in the United States? How will an LLM 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 LLM class enrich our community of scholars?


    You must submit the personal statement as an attachment to the LSAC online application.

    View Scholarships page for information on scholarship types, scholarship application requirements, and deadlines.

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


    Please 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 
    • Personal statement
    • Two letters of recommendation, on letterhead and with original signature, in sealed envelopes from the recommender
    • Scholarship essay(s) if applicable


    All items must be received by the deadline.