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University of San Francisco School of Law | Master of Laws Program

Application Instructions for the 2009-2010 Academic Year





SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117-1080

1   APPLICATION FORM (completed in English)
2   $70.00 Application Fee (non-refundable): If you are mailing your application, payment must be in U.S. dollars by check drawn on an American bank or in the form of an international money order payable to the "University of San Francisco." If you are applying electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), you may pay the fee using a valid credit card. If you are applying electronically and you are unable to submit a credit card payment, you will be allowed to submit your application electronically; however, you will be required to print out the Certification Form and submit the form along with your $70 application fee directly to the Law School Admissions Office.
3   PERSONAL STATEMENT (two typed written pages): The statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the USF LL.M. program, your work experience, education, background and other pertinent information including your career goals and plans following completion of the LL.M. If applying electronically via LSAC, your personal statement can be submitted as an electronic attachment.
4   TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from university professors or recent employers. If not in English, the letters of recommendation must be accompanied by an English translation. Letters should be printed on letterhead and submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the recommender along the seal. The letters may be submitted with your application or mailed directly to the Law School Admissions Office.
5   CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES International Student Applicants (non-U.S. citizen and non-US permanent residents) must submit the Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents, showing funds covering the nine months of study at the University. It is optional whether or not you submit this document with your application or send it after you are admitted to the Program. If sent with the application and you are subsequently admitted, you will receive the necessary document to apply for your visa more quickly. Please consult the LL.M. Program website (see below) for information about the cost of attendance, tuition and fees.
6   FINANCIAL AID Financial aid through the LL.M. Program is very limited and may be offered to a few international applicants who demonstrate financial need and outstanding academic achievement who would otherwise be unable to attend the LL.M. Program. If you wish to apply for financial aid from USF, you must include a written statement with your application materials describing your financial situation, the amount you could contribute to your studies at USF, and your academic and professional goals. If applying electronically via LSAC, your Financial Aid Request Essay can be submitted as an electronic attachment. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid through federal aid and loan programs and/or private loans can consult the financial aid page on the LL.M. Program website.
7   ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS from all colleges and universities you have attended. The transcripts should show your grades, approximate class rank and any degree received. If the degree received is not printed on the transcript you must provide a copy of the diploma certificate. If not in English, transcripts and diplomas must be accompanied by an English translation. The transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by your university and should be in sealed envelopes by the university. If possible, please provide a grading system explanation sheet from each school. Applicants can submit their international transcripts through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account at and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or
8   OFFICIAL LSAT SCORE (For U.S. law graduates only)
9   ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: Strong English language ability is a prerequisite to admission. For foreign students whose native language is not English, this requirement may be satisfied by:
  1. Having completed basic legal studies in an English speaking country in a University where instruction was in English; or
  2. Regular Admission: Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receiving a score of 600 PBT, 250 CBT, 100 IBT or higher. Applicants should register to take the test as early as possible so the scores will be received by the April 1st deadline. Only TOEFL scores from tests administered by Educational Testing Services will be accepted. The TOEFL score report must be sent directly to USF by ETS. Use school code number 4792-03 to ensure the score will be forwarded to the LL.M. Program of the USF School of Law. For information on taking the TOEFL exam visit or contact the following address: TOEFL Publications, P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, USA.
    As an option, applicants planning on using the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) JD Credential Service (JD-CAS) can have the TOEFL report sent directly to LSAC using the code 0058. The score will then be forwarded to USF along with an evaluation report of transcripts prepared by LSAC.
    In some cases, we will also accept an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. Fluency in English, equivalent to an overall band score of 7.0, is required. Testing locations and times may be obtained from
  3. Conditional Admission: Applicants who present a TOEFL between 575-600 PBT / 232-250 CBT / 90- 100 IBT or an IELTS overall band score between 6.5 - 7.0, may be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. Program. They can fulfill their "condition" by successfully completing a 6 week (with 25 hours of instruction) summer ESL Program here at USF prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In this case, they will not be required to re-take the TOEFL.
    Only TOEFL / IELTS scores from tests taken within two years of your application submission will be valid.
  4. In some very exceptional circumstances, applicants may be admitted conditionally by an evaluation process including an extensive interview in person with a USF law professor, subject to production of documents such as transcripts, validating statements made at the interview. In these instances, students may be required to take a 6 week, 12 week, or 16 week ESL course at USF prior to entry to the LL.M. Program.

Use Institutional Code # 479203 to ensure your score will be forwarded to the USF School of Law.

Review of Applications

Applications will not be reviewed until all required information and the application fee have been received. The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on an on-going (rolling) basis. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered only if space remains available. Applicants will be notified by email once their application is received by USF. You will receive another email once your application file is complete and an official decision letter by courier (e.g., Federal Express) or US mail. If your circumstances require that you have an early admission, please telephone or email the Admissions Office after you have submitted your application. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

Application Materials

All mailed application materials and correspondence relating to admission should be directed to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080.

All hard copy applications can also be submitted electronically in PDF or JPEG format and should be emailed to In this case, the $70 application fee must be sent under separate cover directly to the Law School's Office of Admission.

Applications may also be submitted via the Law School Council (LSAC) electronic application process. Please go to our web site to access our on-line LL.M. electronic application. On-line application will be available in mid-November.

Please make sure to keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents for your records.

Application Form

Application Status Check

To check on the status of your application, please click here.

You will be prompted to enter a username and password to access the USF School of Law On-line Applicant Status Check. The username and password was will be emailed to all applicants upon receipt of their application.

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