International Candidate Application Process

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 through Skype/Lync, telephone or in person, if feasible.

Please click here for I-20 and Visa information.


Prospective foreign applicants are eligible to apply if one of the following is satisfied: (a) graduated from a U.S. law school that is approved by the American Bar Association, or (b) obtained a full degree in law from a recognized non-U.S. institution.

The primary law degree must be granted prior to the term for which admission is sought. Admitted students in the process of finishing their J.D. or J.D.-equivalent at the time of application will be granted a provisional status and will not be allowed to enroll until Proof of Diploma and final official transcripts are received.

IBT LLM accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis, however please adhere to below deadline in order to allow for sufficient time for application evaluation:

Fall Semester matriculation – June 15th

Spring Semester matriculation – December 1st

Minimum English Proficiency requirements for the IBT LLM program are:
85 internet-based/567 paper-based TOEFL, or 6.5 IELTS

How to Apply

There are two application options:

– If submitting an application ONLY for the IBT LLM at Denver Law, please use DU Graduate Admissions Application – If applying to MULTIPLE LAW SCHOOLS that use LSAC, please submit an electronic application through Law Schools Admission Council (LSAC) LLM website.

Foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report.

Applicants must use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service, including Foreign Credential Evaluation completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), allowing for authentication and evaluation of international transcripts. Your records will be incorporated directly into the CAS report and forwarded with your application. There are additional charges associated with this service. These charges are in addition to the non-refundable IBT LLM $65 application fee.

Required Application Materials:

- Online Application

- $65 non-refundable application fee

- Official Copies of Academic Records: official transcripts and official certified English translations of all collegiate, graduate and professional study must be sent directly to LSAC and undergo Foreign Credential Evaluation

- Two letters of recommendation (up to three letters will be accepted)
Recommenders must submit recommendation forms and any attachments directly to the LSAC CAS (click here for more information).
Applicant should specify to recommenders that the Admission Committee gives a significant weight to the letters.

- Personal statement of interest and purpose which should address future goals and proposed use of the degree, as well as other factors the Admissions Committee should take into consideration when evaluating application

- English Language Proficiency Requirements:
Proof of English Proficiency is required for applicants whose native language is not English or those who have not completed basic legal studies in an English-speaking country/university. Please refer to the University of Denver policy for rules/exemptions.

Applicants must take one of two tests for English competency: the TOEFL or the IELTS. Applicant must request Educational Testing Services (ETS) to submit official scores directly to the LSAC CAS service which will incorporate English Proficiency reports into the foreign credential evaluation packet.

Minimum English Proficiency requirements for the IBT LLM program are:
85 internet-based/567 paper-based TOEFL, or 6.5 IELTS (ETS Institution Code for LSAC scores is 8395); you can find further instructions here

Please also send an additional TOEFL/IELTS report directly to the Program Manager. ETS institution code is 4842 – 03.

Applicants may also submit LSAT scores, in addition to either TOEFL or IELTS, to demonstrate their language proficiency

(With a strong overall record, conditional admission of an applicant with lower scores is possible at discretion of the Admissions Committee).

- Skype/Lync interview
We require a short (15 minute) interview through Skype/Lync (or in person, if possible) so that we can get to know our applicants better, discuss fit with our program, assess verbal communication skills, and give students a chance to ask us questions. We believe that face-to-face contact early on is a critical component in the decision-making process for both the student and for us.


- Resume/Curriculum Vitae

- Scholarship Application – please refer to Financial Aid section for further information


Admission decisions will be given in a form of a mailed letter and an electronic copy e-mailed to applicant’s primary e-mail contact information provided in the application. We strive to inform applicants within 4 weeks after a completed application is received. (This timeframe may be expedited under certain circumstances; it does not apply to the financial aid decisions.)


Accepted applicants will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $500 in order to secure their position in the class. The deposit is deductible from the first semester’s tuition. Detailed instructions are provided in the letter of acceptance.

All matriculating applicants will be required to submit official post-secondary transcripts (in addition to the copies sent to LSAC CAS) for retention at the College of Law’s Registrar. Please request issuing schools to send them directly to:

Graduate Legal Studies
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
2255 East Evans Avenue, Suite 390
Denver, CO 80208


Further admission questions can be addressed to Graduate Legal Studies at