Fall 2017 applications are now open! We will continue to accept applications until all seats are filled. Apply now!

Graduate Legal Studies accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. Applicants to all programs are urged to apply as soon as possible for best consideration. However, we will continue to accept students to individual programs until all seats are filled for the upcoming term.

We are unable to process incomplete applications, so please ensure that all required materials are assembled before submitting your application. All materials listed below must be submitted together by the listed application deadlines. Students should be notified of an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks upon receipt of a complete application.

Admission is highly selective. The admissions committee will conduct a holistic review of each applicant. The committee reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant, including an interview via Skype, telephone, or in person, if feasible.

Please visit our frequently asked questions pages for more information, or reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with further inquiries.

Attention those seeking English Conditional Admission: please read through this information before beginning the application process.

Graduate Legal Studies accepts applications in two manners: through the DU Graduate Admission Application and through the Law School Admissions Counsel application. We strongly suggest using the DU application if we are the only school you are applying to. LSAC should only be used if you are applying to other LLM programs that REQUIRE an LSAC app. Otherwise, the DU Graduate Admissions Application is the preferred method of application.

Log in to your DU Graduate Admission Application here.

Log in to your LSAC LLM Account here.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept applications for the Graduate Tax Program through LSAC. You must use the DU Graduate Admissions Application for admission to the Graduate Tax program. Applications to the Graduate Taxation Program may have additional requirements, please visit the Graduate Tax Program Admissions page for more information.

Application Deadlines


Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. If trying to apply after the posted deadline, contact GLS at for approval.

LLM and Master of Legal Studies programs (on semester system)

Listed deadlines are applicable to all programs except for Graduate Tax.

Fall 2017 Semester: (classes begin August 14th)

  • international applicants – June 15th
  • domestic applicants – July 21st

Spring 2018 Semester: (classes begin January 8th)

  • international applicants – November 17th
  • domestic applicants – December 18th

Summer 2018 Semester: (classes begin May 29th)

  • international applicants – April 17th
  • domestic applicants – May 8th

Summer semester start is only available for eligible applicants in some programs. Foreign-trained attorneys and domestic students without a US legal background are strongly encouraged to apply for Fall and Spring terms only. Contact GLS for more information.

LLM in Taxation and Master of Taxation programs (on quarter system)

Fall 2017 Quarter: (classes begin September 5th)

  • international applicants – June 15th
  • domestic applicants – August 6th

Winter 2018 Quarter: (classes begin January 3rd)

  • international applicants – November 22th
  • domestic applicants – December 13th

Spring 2018 Quarter: (classes begin March 26th) – Applicants without a background in taxation are encouraged to start in an alternate term.

  • international applicants – February 12th
  • domestic applicants – March 5th

Summer 2018 Quarter: (classes begin June 18th)

  • international applicants – May 7th
  • domestic applicants – May 28th

To access more information from the DU Office of Graduate Studies on applying to an LLM or MLS program, please click here. You will need to input your program of interest. Please be advised that prospective applicants are strongly advised to adhere to application deadlines posted on the Graduate Legal Studies for best consideration by the admissions committee.

Graduate Programs and Certificates

Graduate Legal Studies offers a wide range of programs that can be tailored to fit individual student interests. Please visit each program page to learn more about program requirements and curriculum details.

American Law Practice LLM (for foreign-trained attorneys)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy LLM
International Business Transactions LLM
Graduate Tax LLM

Master of Legal Studies
Master of Legal Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy
Master of Taxation
Master of Science in Legal Administration

Graduate Certificate in Corporate and Commercial Law for Practicing Attorneys
Solo and Small Practice Management Certificate


A limited number of scholarships are available and awarded by the admissions committee based on demonstrated ability. For comprehensive information about our scholarship offerings, please visit the Scholarship Opportunities page. To apply, you must submit a one-page essay detailing why you qualify for a merit scholarship.

Other scholarships may be available to you through private grants and foundations. We have compiled a list of external scholarship opportunities that our students might qualify for, and those can be found on the Scholarship Opportunities page. Additionally, please visit the website of the DU Financial Aid Office to continue exploring scholarship possibilities.