We are delighted that you have decided to apply to Cardozo! You are encouraged to print these instructions and consult them as you complete the LLM application. You may also find this audio recording and power point presentation of our Spring 2013 Online Admissions Workshop to be helpful. Please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Required Materials. A completed LLM application consists of the following items:
- Application. You are strongly encouraged to submit the LLM application electronically (including the application form, application fee, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) using the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS). Paper materials and updates will require additional processing by our staff and will delay the review of your application by the Admissions Committee.
- $75 Application fee.
- Resume/curriculum vitae. Information should be current to the date of application.
- Personal statement. Limited to two (2) typed, double-spaced pages. The statement should describe your reasons for pursuing an LLM degree and include any information you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making its decision.
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters may be written by law school professors, and employers or colleagues whose supervisory positions permit informed evaluations of your qualifications. Letters should be submitted through the LLM CAS. Hard copies with original signatures may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions if you do not register with LLM CAS. Xeroxed or scanned letters, unsigned letters, or emailed recommendations will not be accepted.
- Official transcript of law degree and any other degrees earned from any college, university, graduate school, or professional school. The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, the grades received, and the degree conferred. Transcripts should be submitted through the LLM CAS.
- Official transcript of coursework (one semester or more) completed at any college, university, graduate school, or professional school. The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, and the grades received.
- Credential evaluation. International applicants are strongly encouraged to use the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. Evaluations provide the Admissions Committee with your US grade equivalency and facilitate the review process.
- TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable). See special instructions for international students below.
- Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score (if applicable). Applicants who received their law degree outside the United States are not required to take the LSAT. However, any applicant who has taken the LSAT must submit his/her result. US law school graduates may contact their law school registrar and request that a copy of their LSAC Academic Summary Report be mailed to the Office of Admissions. A copy can also be obtained from their online JD LSAC account, or by speaking to an LSAC representative at 215.968.1001.
- Letter of good standing and class rank from law school (US law school graduates only). The letter of good standing and class rank should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office by the appropriate official at the law school from which you received your JD degree.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Office of Admissions
Room 1168, 11th Floor
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003-4391
Attn: LLM Program
Once submitted all application materials become the property of Cardozo School of Law and cannot be returned to the applicant.
You may apply for admission to begin your studies in the fall or spring semester.
- Deadline for fall semester: June 15
- Deadline for spring semester: December 1
Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.
In order to receive updates regarding your application status, it is important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address that you check regularly. The Office of Admissions will notify you via e-mail when we have received your application and again when your application has been marked complete. It is an applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received in a timely manner and prior to our application deadlines.
If you wish to check on the status of your application, please send an email to email@example.com; we are unable to provide information regarding the status of applications and supporting materials by telephone. Please take note of the high volume of materials received from applicants, and allow time for submitted materials to arrive and be processed by our staff. We will respond to all questions and requests as soon as possible.
Applications are considered complete and submitted to the Admissions Committee for review only when all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are received. The Admissions Committee makes every effort to review applications thoroughly and quickly.
Decisions are made on a rolling basis, beginning in October for the Spring term, and January for the Fall term. Applicants may be admitted to Cardozo, offered a place on our wait list, or denied admission.
Offers of admission are sent to applicants via regular US mail. All other decisions are sent via e-mail; therefore, it is critically important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address that you check regularly.
Applicant files are maintained for one year. If you are reapplying within one year of submitting your initial application, you may complete and submit a new application form and fee, and the documents in your previous file will be considered along with any updated documents you submit. If you are applying more than one year after your initial application, then you must submit a new application form and all new application documents.
Credential Evaluation. If you received your law degree outside the United States, we strongly encourage you to register with the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
Transcripts. You are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts electronically through LLM CAS. If you choose not to use LLM CAS, original official transcripts must be received by Cardozo in a sealed envelope with the issuing administrator’s signature along the envelope seal. Transcripts may be submitted directly to Cardozo by the issuing institution or by the applicant.
If your institution will only issue one original transcript, Cardozo will accept a photocopy of the transcript on which an official from the institution has affixed a new stamp or seal to certify that the copy complies with the original records. The certified copy must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope. Student copies of transcripts will not be accepted as part of the application.
Translations. Application documents must be in English. For documents not originally written in English, a certified translation must be made by one of the following: a consulate, a professional agency, or the institution issuing the original document. If an English translation of is required, and the issuing institution will not provide one, please submit your transcript to a translation service and then send Cardozo the certified translation with the official transcript. Translations by the applicant will be not accepted.
English Proficiency. Full immersion and success in Cardozo’s LLM Program, where students engage in a Socratic dialogue with professors and class members, requires a high level of English proficiency. Students are expected to comprehend and process both written and spoken English with ease, and should be able to express themselves in like manner. Such proficiency should be achieved prior to enrollment. Cardozo Law does not provide English language courses.
If your first degree in law was taught in a language other than English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Cardozo Law TOEFL Code 2489) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
Minimum score requirements:
- TOEFL: 100
- IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band Score
If you have registered with the LLM CAS, your test results will be forwarded to Cardozo. Otherwise, please have your official results sent to the Office of Admissions.
The Admissions Committee will not accept results from any exams taken more than two years prior to the date on which the LLM application is submitted to Cardozo.
The Admissions Committee will not grant conditional admit status to applicants who have not yet taken the exam or who fail to meet the minimum score requirement but plan to retake the exam.
- has previously earned a university-level degree in a program where English was the primary language of instruction, or
- has conducted the majority of his/her professional work in English
The waiver request must be submitted in writing with your application. Documentation from the college or university confirming English as the language of instruction, or a letter from a supervisor confirming English as the primary language of business should be attached to the waiver request. Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credential Evaluation for New York State Bar Exam. Applicants who are interested in taking the New York State Bar Exam should submit their credentials for evaluation before applying to the LLM program. The evaluation process will take at least six months so please plan accordingly.