Apply for an LLM
Prospective applicants are eligible to apply if one of the following is satisfied:
- Student has graduated from a U.S. law school that is approved by the American Bar Association or is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
- Student has obtained a full degree in law from a recognized non-US institution with high academic standards.
To find out whether or not you are eligible to apply for an LLM please see this chart.
A student’s primary law degree must be earned prior to the term for which admission is sought. Admitted students in the process of finishing their JD or JD-equivalent at the time of application may be granted a provisional status and will not be allowed to enroll until Proof of Diploma and final official transcripts are received by the GLS office.
Submission of GMAT or LSAT test scores is not required for admission to an LLM program.
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.
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.
For comprehensive information about the Graduate Legal Studies admissions process, please visit this page.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must submit:
There are two application options:
- If submitting an application ONLY for an LLM at Denver Law, please use DU Graduate Admissions Application this is the preferred method of application.
- If applying to MULTIPLE LAW SCHOOLS that require LSAC, please submit an electronic application through the Law Schools Admission Council (LSAC) LLM website. LSAC should only be used if applying to other LLM programs that require an LSAC application. Otherwise, DU Graduate Admissions Application is the preferred method of application to our programs.
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.
Important information regarding LSAC application timeline: You should register and pay for the LLM Credential Assembly Service at least four to six weeks before your first law school application deadline. It takes approximately two weeks to process a US transcript or letter of recommendation from the time it is received by LSAC. Transcripts from non-US institutions may take longer.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required. Individuals applying through LSAC may incur additional charges for LSAC registration.
Applicants must submit official transcripts form all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., a copy of the diploma or certificate) with an English translation. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly from the institution to our office, or if they are sent by the applicant or a third party and they remain in an original sealed envelope from the institution.
Please note that applicants applying through LSAC will need to furnish additional copies of transcripts and proof of degree and comply with LSAC rules and regulations.
Transcripts sent to our office should be mailed to:
Graduate Legal Studies
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
2255 East Evans Avenue, Suite 390
Denver, CO 80208
English Language Proficiency Requirements and Testing
With limited exceptions, a TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all graduate student applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status. An interview and/or writing sample may be requested.
American Law Practice: Minimum requirement TOEFL 80/IELTS 6.0
International Business Transactions: Minimum requirement TOEFL 85/IELTS 6.5
Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy: Minimum requirement TOEFL 80/IELTS 6.0
Tax: Minimum requirement TOEFL 80/IELTS 6.0
Applicants must request Educational Testing Services (ETS) submit official scores; our ETS institution code is 4842 – 03.
Students who submit TOEFL/IELTS scores during the application process, or those who are admitted conditionally and have graduated from the ELC, may be required to attend a legal English support class.
If an applicant is unable to achieve a passing score or does not wish to take the TOEFL or IELTS, English Conditional Admission is possible. English Conditional Admission is contingent upon an English Language Proficiency Assessment administered by the ELC. Please see this letter from the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies for more details. The ELPA will be administered on August 11th, 2017 for the Fall 2017 academic term.
Photocopy of Current Passport
Please provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. This can be uploaded and attached to your online application. If you currently do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver (the government document that allows a student visa to be granted). If you are submitting the online application prior to obtaining a passport, please email a copy of your passport to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have received it.
Supplemental Information Form (SEVIS)
Please complete the Non-US Citizen section of the online application, as this will complete the SEVIS Supplemental Information Form. If you do not answer the questions completely, the SEVIS Supplemental Form will be emailed to you.
Financial Verification Form
If it is your intention to apply for a student visa, we will also need a financial verification form in order for the University to issue you an I-20. This typically takes the form of an official bank letter, and is used to verify that the student has enough financial resources available to cover the cost of attendance. For the 2017-18 academic year, financial verification forms for graduate students must reference a specific amount in excess of US $47,529 for all LLM and Master’s programs, except for the Graduate Tax program. Students applying to the Graduate Tax program must reference a specific amount in except of US $53,430. For specific tuition details for different programs, see the Tuition and Financial Aid page.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants for ALP, IBT, and ENRLP LLM programs must provide the name and contact for two individuals who can recommend the applicant for admission. The LLM in taxation requires one letter of recommendation.
Ideal choices for references include former or current professors, supervisors, or community leaders who are familiar with the applicant and can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. The applicant should specify to recommenders that the admission committee gives a significant weight to the letters.
Applicants must submit a 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. Submissions should be 1-2 pages, double spaced.
Resume or CV
An up-to-date resume or CV that lists previous career experience and educational history must be submitted to with all applications.
Optional Scholarship Application
Students are not automatically considered for scholarships or awards. For more information, please visit the Scholarship Opportunities page. Early application is encouraged as funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Deposit for Accepted Students
Accepted applicants will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $300 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.