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Applications to the LLM program are accepted only through LSAC. Except as noted below, all applicants must submit the following materials:


Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college, university, graduate, and law school attended regardless of whether the program was completed or a degree was awarded.

Personal Statement

All applicants must submit a 500-word personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, where you plan to practice in five years, and the contributions you hope to make to the legal profession upon completion of the course of study.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Each letter should be from someone who knows you well and can provide a candid personalized evaluation of your potential success in the graduate program. If possible, at least one letter should be from a law professor or law school dean.


Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae. Your resume or curriculum vitae should include your complete university educational experience, your complete employment history, and any additional academic or professional activities. Please also include any publications and presentations.

TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Score

All applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test unless they hold a degree from the United States, any Caribbean Island where English is the sole official language, Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, or the United Kingdom.

Now accepting two online English Tests: TOEFL Special Home Edition OR Duolingo English Test

Please note that the admissions committee strongly prefers all applicants who are not exempt to submit a score and rarely grants a waiver from this requirement. However, if you do not meet the exemption described above and your law school classes were taught entirely in English, you may request an interview in lieu of the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test. 

Examination: TOEFL 
Minimum Score: 100 iBT (Internet-based Test or Special Home Edition Test); 250 CBT (Computer-based Test); 600 PBT (Paper-base Test)
*Fordham's TOEFL Code is 2264 (if you are not sending your score via LSAC)

Examination: IELTS
Minimum Score: 7

Examination: Duolingo English Test
Minimum Score: 120

If your score is below our requirement, we will still consider it with your application and may reach out to schedule an interview. For applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency through the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test requirement, we are pleased to offer admission contingent on full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress in Fordham's Legal English Institute (LEI).

LLM Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
International and Non-JD Programs
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131, New York, NY 10023 USA

Tel: 212-636-6883

Fax: 212-636-6922