LL.M. Application Process

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 LL.M. program. The LL.M. program follows an academic year calendar, which starts in late August and runs through May each year. We encourage students to apply by January 10th but we accept and review applications continuously until mid-August when the academic school year begins. Every student receives personalized attention and support throughout the application process and the program completion and beyond.

The LL.M. program follows an academic year calendar. It starts in late August and runs through May of each year. We encourage students
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. Two letters of recommendation. It is preferred that these letters come from the applicant’s law professors.
  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.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the application process, please contact the LL.M. Admissions Officer, Cyntia Spencer, at caspencer@ucdavis.edu.


There are three ways to apply:

Option 1: Online through LSAC

We recommend that you apply through LSAC, but it is not required. LSAC requires that all LL.M. applicants purchase the Document Assembly Service for $75 USD plus $30 USD for each law school report. 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 our Law School Website

Submit your application form online and send supporting documentation by mail.

Please send supporting documentation to:

LL.M. Admissions,
University of California, Davis, School of Law
400 Mrak Hall Drive, Room 1123
Davis, CA, 95616

Option 3: By Mail

You may 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.
Mail your application and supporting documentation to:

LL.M. Admissions
University of California, Davis,
School of Law
400 Mrak Hall Drive, Room 1123
Davis, CA, 95616