Study at the LL.M. program ranked among the top two in Texas, according to Texas Lawyer. As of October 1, 2016 applications for the LL.M. program are accepted through the LSAC portal. You may still apply by submitting your materials directly to the School of Law for the time being. All international transcripts must be translated and professionally evaluated. Acceptable vendors for transcript evaluation are listed below.
Official transcripts: Transcripts must be sent directly from all schools that an applicant has attended. “Official” means a copy of your original document certified by an officer of your school and stamped with official seals. Faxed copies and photocopies of academic records will not be accepted. Transcripts must be written in the native language of the school. Applicants with a foreign law degree will need to register for the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service through LSAC or have their credentials independently translated and verified through the vendors listed below.
All international transcripts must be professionally evaluated. Please find below a list of acceptable vendors:
Two letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers or other persons familiar with their academic and professional qualifications. All letters must be submitted on official letterhead.
English language requirement: LL.M. applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) prior to their admission to the LL.M. programs. English proficiency is the key for LL.M. students to meet the rigorous reading and writing requirements at St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Cut-off scores are: 80 points on the internet-based TOEFL or 6 points on the IELTS test. The TOFEL code for St. Mary’s University is 6637. Only current TOEFL and IELTS scores will be considered. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to interview candidates via telephone or Skype to verify English proficiency.
Placement in Legal Language/Legal Methods (4 hours) and/or Legal Research and Writing (2 hours) may be required for incoming international LLM candidates based upon their TOEFL/IELTS scores and their mandatory English assessment (grammar, vocabulary, comprehension) scores. The credits earned in Legal Language/Legal Methods may not apply to the completion of program requirements (24 credit hours).
There is no application fee.
Seat deposit: If accepted there is a seat deposit of $300, which will be applied to your tuition balance, to hold your place for matriculation.