LLM Application Instructions

The next step toward your dreams: apply to Hamline's LLM program


All applicants to Hamline University's Master in Law (LLM) for International Lawyers must possess:

  • An LLB or equivalent degree with high academic standing from a recognized university outside the U.S.

  • Prospective students must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). English proficiency will be evaluated based on the TOEFL score, application materials, and a short interview, if necessary. A TOEFL score of 100 or higher (internet-based format) is a presumption of English proficiency. The TOEFL Code for Hamline University School of Law is 6513. 

  • Sufficient financial support (outlined below).

For additional information on LLM policies, please see the Law Student Policy Manual.


Please complete the application and submit all required components electronically through the our online application service, LSAC.org. All applications must include:

  • Nonrefundable $50 application processing fee

  • Responses to all required application questions

  • A personal statement that communicates your unique abilities, character, and experiences that qualify you to be an LLM degree candidate. The admissions committee weighs this statement heavily and also considers it a writing sample. Please address your specific interest in Hamline Law, your intended course of study, and any other professional plans following the completion of the LLM degree.

  • A detailed résumé including work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.

  • Additional addenda you feel may assist the Admissions Committee in the review of your application.

  • The LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, including:

    • A valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score if English is not the primary language in your country of citizenship. Your TOEFL score(s) must be submitted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score(s) will be included in the International Credential Documents that will be included in the LSAC Law School Report.

    • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school work, submitted in their original language. Submission of a transcript from the most recent institution attended is not sufficient.

    • Applicants with any postsecondary work completed outside of the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada must use this service for the evaluation of international transcripts. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into the LSAC Law School Report; this service will translate, evaluate, and authenticate all transcripts. The fee for this service is included in the CAS registration fee.

    • A minimum of two, and maximum of three, letters of recommendation, in English, from professionals in academic settings who can attest to your ability to enter an academically rigorous and competitive professional program. If you graduated from an academic setting more than two years ago, you may seek recommendations from employers or other supervisors. We discouraged you from seeking recommendations from personal contacts.



Post-acceptance documentation to submit directly to Hamline:

After submitting the application and required components to LSAC, and being accepted into Hamline Law, be sure to secure a student visa (information can be found on Hamline University International and Off Campus Programs (IOCP) website). In addition, immediately upon acceptance, please mail the following documents directly to Hamline Law (address below):

  • A paper or PDF copy of the identification page of your passport.

  • Financial documentation:

  • All LLM applicants who will require a student visa must submit financial documentation as required by Hamline University and the U.S. government to apply for a visa for entry/study in the U.S.

  • The Affidavit of Financial Support form, which is required of all student visa holders and can be found on the Hamline University International and Off Campus Programs (IOCP) website. The IOCP indicates supplemental documentation that is also required.

Please mail these materials directly to:

Hamline University School of Law
Office of Admissions, MS D2001
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

If you have a valid U.S. student visa, please review the Hamline University IOCP website regarding immigration forms and process. If you maintain an F-1 visa status, you must submit the F-1 Transfer History Form.

All applicants are expected to provide the Office of Admissions with updates on their immigration status in a timely fashion.

Please note: Complete accuracy is a requirement in all statements made on the application. Misrepresentation of application information is sufficient grounds for revocation of admission, loss of scholarship funds, suspension or dismissal from the School of Law, and/or revocation of a degree.

Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law

We strongly encourage you to read the "Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law" portion of the application thoroughly, and contact the Office of Admissions with any questions prior to submitting your application. If you respond affirmatively to any of the four questions, you are obligated to attach an addendum to your application providing full disclosure as to the date, offense charge, and disposition related to each event which resulted in you responding in the affirmative. Please note: Failure to provide truthful answers or failure to inform the Office of Admissions of any changes to your answers may result in the revocation of admission or registration, and/or disciplinary action.

Application Deadline:

Three months prior to the start of the term in which you wish to enroll. Fall semester: mid-May. Spring semester: mid-October. Application deadlines are non-negotiable. Please prepare accordingly.


All students must satisfy the U.S. government requirements for admission into the country and for permission to remain for the duration of your studies. Please note: Hamline cannot and does not guarantee the procurement of a visa for any applicant.

Tuition and Expenses

Tuition: $1,271 (USD) per credit, or as a 24-credit degree program, the total tuition cost is $30,504 (USD).

Additional financial considerations: Projected cost and fee schedule


Contact the Office of Admissions: lawadm@hamline.edu or 651-523-2461.