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Applying to Washburn Law: LL.M. in Global Legal Studies

This program is open to applicants who have earned, or will earn by the time they begin the program, a law degree. The Washburn Law LL.M. program is designed for foreign trained lawyers who seek to learn a particular area of U.S. law or who seek to prepare to take the bar exam in a U.S jurisdiction that permits LLM graduates to sit for the bar.

Initial Application Through Washburn Law

If you have not applied for admission to the Washburn Law LL.M. program you can submit a free initial application through Washburn Law's online application form. After you complete and submit the form, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted you in 3-4 weeks. Please note that after your application is reviewed we may direct you to follow the application process described under "Application Through LSAC," below.

The Washburn Law LL.M. online application form requests that you upload your resume in the Biographical section and upload the transcript for your law degree in the Education section. Please have both documents ready to upload before beginning the application.

Application Through LSAC

There are two steps involved with applying to Washburn Law's LL.M. in Global Legal Studies:

  1. Apply to Washburn University School of Law
  2. Apply to Washburn University through the Office of International Programs

1. Apply to Washburn Law

Please note:

  • Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  • Your application will be processed when all items listed have been received by Washburn Law.
  • Application deadline to begin the LL.M. program in August (Fall) is June 1.
  • Application deadline to begin the LL.M. program in January (Spring) is November 1.
  • Applications submitted after the deadlines will be considered but students who need to obtain a visa to study in the U.S. should apply much earlier than the application deadline to allow time for the government to process their visa application.

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required for admission to the LL.M. Program.

  1. Create an LLM account at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
  2. Apply Online via LSAC
    • Complete the Washburn Law LL.M. application.
    • Include a personal statement of 300 to 1,000 words, written in English, explaining your reasons for wanting to pursue an LL.M. from Washburn Law.
  3. Register with and submit to LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) (learn more about LLM CAS):
    • Official transcript from the law school or university granting your law degree.
      • Transcript must be submitted through LLM CAS. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, which will be incorporated into your CAS report and forwarded to Washburn by LSAC. Additional fees, separate from the non-refundable application fee, will be charged by LSAC for these services.
    • At least two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers, or others who can attest to your ability to pursue advanced graduate work and who have personal knowledge of your intellectual ability, character, and work ethic..
    • Proof of English proficiency (see below).

After an applicant has been notified of admission, a deposit of $500 USD must be paid by June 1st in order to hold a place in the class. This deposit is non-refundable and will be credited to tuition and fees when the applicant begins the program.

2. Apply to Office of International Programs

International students who will attend Washburn University on an F-1 visa are required to submit the following:

  1. Original financial supporting documents from the student/student's sponsor, such as bank statements, etc.
  2. Complete and signed Financial Disclaimer Form.
  3. Copy of passport ID/picture page, if available.

    If you are already in the U.S. attending a language program, college, or university, please also submit the following:

  4. Copies of current F-1 visa and Form I-20.
  5. Completed and signed Transfer Eligibility Form.

No application fee is required at the time of application; however, a $70 student services processing fee will be charged to the student account of each new student who enrolls at Washburn.

Please submit the abovementioned application materials to

Questions regarding the Office of International Programs application process should be sent to, or see the Office of International Programs website.

Proof of Financial Resources

For visa purposes,

  • Upon application to the LL.M. program you must verify in a written statement that you have sufficient liquid assets to cover the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, living expenses, and mandatory health insurance) during the academic year in which you will be enrolling.
  • Upon admission, you will be required to submit documents verifying your financial statement. These documents can consist of a copy of your bank statement or a letter from your sponsor with a copy of their bank statement. Documents should be sent to:

    Via postal mail:
    Washburn University
    ATTN: Law Admissions LL.M.
    1700 SW College Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66604

    or via e-mail attachment:

International Students: You are required to submit these documents before an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students) will be mailed to you.

Proof of English Proficiency

Proficiency in English is a requirement for all LL.M. candidates.

  • International students who speak English as a first language, or who obtained a law degree at an institution where all courses were taught in English, may have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived.
  • All other students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report, or an equivalent test. Students with an iBT TOEFL score above 80 (or equivalent) are presumptively proficient, but each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students that are marginal may be required to attend English language classes prior to and/or during their enrollment.

LSAC's TOEFL code for the CAS is 0058.

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