LL.M. Application Process

The Admissions committee will review LL.M. applications beginning in January. We continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis until August 15, and welcome and encourage all new applications.

Application checklist

The application consists of:

  1. Completed application form
  2. One official set of academic records (transcripts) issued in the original language and accompanied by a certified English translation that shows graded coursework, dates of enrollment and award of degrees, plus a certified copy of the actual degree from university and law school study.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. It is preferred that these letters come from the applicant’s law professors. Please provide a copy of the Letters of Recommendation Request Form to each of the people you will be requesting a letter of recommendation from. The form includes instructions for how to submit the letters.
  4. Official score for either TOEFL or IELTS. A minimum of 570 TOEFL (230 for the computer-based TOEFL-CBT) or 88 for the iBT score reports should be sent to Institution Code 4778 at UC Davis or if using LSAC Institutional Code 8395. A minimum of 6.5 IELTS is also acceptable.
  5. Statement of purpose: Indicate your reasons for seeking an advanced law degree from the UC Davis School of Law. This statement should include a description of how you intend to use your graduate training, your research or specialization interests, and a listing of any special qualifications or experiences you have which might make a distinctive contribution to the law school’s intellectual and professional community. If your decision to pursue graduate study at the School of Law is based on a desire to work with particular members of the faculty or to take particular courses, please indicate the names of the faculty or the courses in your statement.
  6. Personal summary: Please provide a brief account of your personal history with emphasis on the development of your interest in law. Include any academic distinctions or honors you have received, as well as publications or other matters indicative of your abilities. List relevant employment and/or other professional activities since your graduation from law school. Please print your response, and include it with your other application materials.
  7. Résumé or curriculum vitae.

Submitting your application

Three ways to apply:

OPTION 1: Online through LSAC services. We recommend you apply through the LSAC assembly service, but it is not required. LSAC requires a $75 U.S. Document Assembly Service fee. There is also a $28 U.S. law school report fee for each law school to which you want to provide these documents. This service is good for five years and allows applicants to access and transmit online applications and send materials to LSAC for forwarding to law schools.

Please note: LSAC also offers The International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service for a fee of $125. This is an optional service and is not required by UC Davis.

OPTION 2: Online through this website. Submit your application form by email to the LL.M. Admissions Officer at caspencer@ucdavis.edu and supporting documentation by mail to:

LL.M. Admissions
International Law Programs
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618-4852  U.S.A.

OPTION 3: By mail. You mail elect to fill out our paper application here. The program brochure includes the application, and contains detailed information on how to submit a completed application. You may download the program brochure here.

LL.M. Admissions Officer Contact Information

If you have any questions about the online application process or wish to make any changes after submission, please contact the LL.M. Admissions Office at lawinfo@ucde.ucdavis.edu or +1 (530) 752-6081 and ask for Cyntia Spencer.

Cyntia Spencer, LL.M. Admissions Officer
International Law Programs
School of Law University of California, Davis
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618-4852 U.S.A.

If you are interested in the Academic Year LL.M. or the International Commercial Law LL.M. program please contact us at lawinfo@ucde.ucdavis.edu.