LL.M. & Certificate Application Requirements
The Office of Graduate Admissions is here to help at every step of the application process.
Below you will find details about the materials and requirements necessary to apply for any of our LL.M. degree programs, M.S.L. program, M.L.T. program, and Certificates.
If you have any questions about the application process or understanding what materials are required to apply please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-662-9010.
Georgetown Law strongly prefers that applicants apply online via the LSAC electronic application. Please be aware that LSAC needs time to process materials once received at their offices, so applicants should send their materials to LSAC well in advance of application deadlines.
For those applicants that still want to apply with a traditional paper application or are unable to apply via LSAC, you may do so.
Please note that there are unique applications for those applicants who received their first degree in law in the United States (i.e. Juris Doctor) and those that received their first degree in law from another country.
Links to all applications are available below.
There is an application fee of $90 for all graduate degree and certificate programs. Late applications will be assessed a fee of $100.
If you plan to submit a paper application, the payment must be submitted online.
We do not grant application fee waivers for graduate programs. The only exception is if you have spent one semester of your first degree in law studying at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London. Complete the form CTLS Waiver Form and apply via paper application (not LSAC).
Submit an up-to-date resume that includes information such as education and work experience (including dates of degrees received and employment, employer names and locations, position titles, and description of work responsibilities for each position held).
There is no specific formatting requirement.
All applicants must submit a detailed "personal statement" (a.k.a. motivation letter) describing your background, goals, and reasons for applying to Georgetown and your chosen program. You should include any information that you feel will assist the Graduate Admissions Committee in its decision. This information should provide the admissions committee with more depth than is available in your transcripts and resume alone regarding your fit for the program and school.
While there are no specific formatting requirements the personal statement should only be 1-2 pages (single spaced) or 2-3 pages (double spaced).
Applicants must submit all transcripts as part of their application. This includes undergraduate, graduate (if applicable) and law transcripts.
If you apply through LSAC, submit your transcripts through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (no additional charge). The benefit to using this service is that you may upload your documents (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL score) and LSAC will submit to all schools to whom you are applying.
If you are an internationally-educated student, we strongly encourage you to register for LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (additional charge). LSAC will authenticate and evaluate your transcripts through this service. You do not need to complete the Registrar’s Certification Form if you use this service.
If you plan to submit a paper application, you must have official transcripts sent from your universities directly to Georgetown. If your transcripts are in a different language, you must provide English translations submitted by the translator directly through mail.
Registrar’s Certification Form
You are required to submit a Registrar's Certification Form, unless you are using the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (available only for internationally-trained students).
This form must be completed by the Registrar’s Office from your law degree granting institution. You will complete the top portion of the form; your Registrar’s Office will fill out the bottom half and submit directly to the Office of Admissions. We are happy to accept the form via email (send to email@example.com).
TOEFL or IELTS Score (or waiver request)
If English is not your native language, you must submit a TOEFL score report. Your score should exceed 100 points on the internet-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 25 in each of the four sections) or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 60 in each of the three sections). Please note that Georgetown Law does not accept TOEFL's MyBest super-score when considering these minimum requirements. You can find more information about the TOEFL, as well as the TOEFL Bulletin of Information and registration form on the ETS TOEFL webpage.
Although the TOEFL test is preferred, you may submit IELTS test scores in place of TOEFL. A minimum overall score of 7.5 on the IELTS is required, with at least 7.0 in each section of the test.
You also have the option to submit a TOEFL waiver request by submitting a statement explaining the basis for your waiver request. Please note that having completed a 1-year LL.M. degree program in an English-speaking country is not usually sufficient for a TOEFL waiver.
Georgetown Law will accept TOEFL and IELTS scores which were taken within two years before the date of your LL.M. application submission.
Letters of Recommendation
Your application must be supported by two letters of recommendation.
Please tell your recommenders that they may submit their letter in any of the following ways:
•Upload to LSAC
•Mail original letter to the Office of Admissions in a sealed/ signed envelope (must come directly from recommender)
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Room 589
Washington, DC 20001
•Email a copy of the letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. If submitted via email, the letter must be sent by the recommender’s professional/educational email address and be on official letterhead.
Conduct Explanation (if applicable)
If you responded “yes” to any of the disciplinary questions on the application, you must submit an explanation.
You are welcome to submit any additional information that you would like the Graduate Admissions Committee to consider when reviewing your application.