Admission to the LL.M Program

LL.M. Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed the first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued. Note: U.S. applicants must have satisfied the J.D. requirements of an ABA-accredited law school. In exceptional cases, U.S. applicants may be admitted if they have satisfied the J.D. requirements of a non-ABA-accredited law school.
  • Applicants may be admitted without a J.D. degree if they have a bachelor’s degree and substantial experience in dispute resolution.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum 2.5 (A = 4.0) grade point average in their law program, and a 3.0 GPA for work completed in any additional graduate or advanced degree program.
  • Applicants must be able to start the program in the fall semester (which begins in mid-August). New students are not admitted in the spring or summer semesters.

Application deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

LL.M. Admission Policy

The LL.M. Admissions Committee reviews the total application package and selects qualified applicants who would best benefit from and contribute to the LL.M. Program. These are complex judgments based on factors including but not limited to the following:

  • The Committee is especially interested how applicants plan to combine their prior experiences with our LL.M. education to advance a career in dispute resolution. Applicants' statements of purpose should address this as specifically as possible.
  • The Committee looks for indications that applicants have the ability to do the rigorous academic work in the Program. The LL.M. Program is not primarily a training program. Although the Program includes practical skills courses, a majority of the work is theoretical and involves a substantial amount of reading, research, and writing. The Committee reviews applicants' transcripts from law school and other educational programs but applicants may demonstrate academic ability in other ways, especially if a significant period has elapsed since the applicants were in school.
  • The Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience. Applicants without significant prior legal experience are considered more favorably if they have other relevant full-time work experience or accomplishments and/or a demonstrated interest in dispute resolution.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to read, write, understand, and speak English sufficiently well to participate in and contribute well to the class experience.
  • The Committee tries to select a group of students with a combination of experiences that provides some relevant diversity as well as shared experiences to make for a rich class experience.

LL.M. Application Materials

Application materials should be submitted directly to the online application system. Any items that cannot be scanned in PDF and uploaded to the online system should be mailed to:

LL.M. Program - MU Law School
206 Hulston Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

If you have questions or concerns about the online application system, contact the LL.M. Program at mulawcdr@missouri.edu or 573-882-2020.

Required Application Materials:

  • Graduate School application (available online or by download only if you cannot use the online system)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $55 for U.S. citizens and $75 for international students. The application fee is not applicable to the educational fee, student activities fee, computing fee or student health fee.
  • Unofficial copies of your transcript(s) - scan and upload to the online system. Do not send official copies of your transcripts until you have been notified of acceptance by our program.
  • Official TOEFL score report (International applicants only). The LL.M. Program prefers the internet-based TOEFL test. The IELTS is acceptable only in those situations where the TOEFL IBT is unavailable. See the English Language Proficiency Policy on the Graduate School web site for more information about the University’s English language test score requirements.
  • Professional resume
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words stating reasons for pursuing this degree)
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source and one from a professional source. Recommendation forms can be downloaded (PDF) or they can use the online system. Also, the person making the recommendation can send the letter directly to the LL.M. Program at the address listed above.
  • Financial support application form (if applicable).

Note: LL.M. Program applicants are NOT required to submit GRE or LSAT scores.

For more information on financial support options for LL.M. students, see Financial Information.