LL.M. - How to Apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting September 1 each year with a March 1 priority application deadline for scholarship consideration. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in early August.

In order to be eligible for the UC Law SF LL.M. program, you must be an attorney licensed outside of the U.S. or have completed (or expect to complete prior to enrollment at UC Law SF) a first degree in law outside of the U.S. NOTE: J.D. graduates from U.S. law schools are not eligible to apply to the UC Law SF LL.M. program.

Application Deadlines

  • Students who require an F-1 student visa to attend UC Law SF: All application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received by the UC Law SF Admissions Office by May 31. Applications received or missing supplemental materials after May 31 will not be considered.
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, and students who have a valid status in the U.S. that allows them to engage in a full-time course of study: Students who do not need a visa to attend our program, but still meet eligibility requirements, must have their complete application and all supplemental materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, reach UC Law SF by June 30 to be considered for admission. Applications received or missing supplemental materials after June 30 will not be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit their applications early in order to receive an enrollment decision in a timely manner.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at llm@uclawsf.edu.

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U.S. Bar Eligibility

Most LL.M. students who complete our LL.M. program are eligible to sit for the California, New York, Washington, D.C., and other bar examinations. Enrollment in an LLM degree does not guarantee that you will be eligible to take a U.S. bar exam or practice law in the United States, however. LL.M. applicants should review the requirements set by each state in which they wish to sit for a bar exam. The National Conference of Bar Examiners’ Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements provides additional information.

UC Law SF academic advisers assist students with choosing courses that help prepare them for the bar exam, and the Career Development Office assists students with bar exam application process.

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Name:  Vasiliki “Vanessa” Kiou
Class: 2015
Country: Greece

“The LL.M. program prepared me for a career in Business and Intellectual Property law, helped me develop a set of valuable skills, and expanded my professional network.  Living in the heart of the global innovation ecosystem and studying in such a diverse academic environment was one of the most intellectually and socially stimulating experiences I have ever had.”

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Name: Katlyn Anne Carlos Aguilar-Bilgera
Class: 2017
Country: Philippines

“Being an LL.M. student at UC Law SF was a rewarding experience. The school’s intellectually stimulating and enriching learning environment enabled me to go beyond my perceived limitations. Because of the knowledge, skills, and discipline I acquired and developed from the program, I am now able to contribute in preparing and shaping students to become competent and productive members of the legal profession in my home country. It is my hope that I will be able to exhibit the same commitment and competence which I have witnessed from my professors at UC Law SF.”

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Name: Tripti Sharma
Class: 2006
Country: India

“The faculty at UC Law SF are very engaged with their students. Most have an “open door” policy and are extremely reachable. I was interested in Immigration Law at the beginning of my coursework and my professor guided me through the process of getting an externship in that area. It was a valuable experience and helped me improve my writing and researching skills.”