How to Apply

General Information

  • No application fee.
  • Application Opens: September 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Application Requirements

  • English proficiency requirement
    Students in our graduate degree programs must have a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The required minimum scores are 100 iBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS). Most admitted students have scores above the required minimum. The English test scores must be sent directly from testing institutions to the UC Irvine School of Law. If an applicant has taken multiple tests, photocopies of all results must be submitted with the application. An interview via Skype or in-person (if in California) is required and will be scheduled following submission of formal application.

    Unless both of the exceptions listed below apply, applicants must submit official, current TOEFL or IELTS scores as an integral part of their application.

    Only applicants who (i) are residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States AND (ii) who have completed a rigorous full-time program of at least (3) three years of post-secondary education in one of these countries are not required to submit English test scores.

  • Completed online application form
    Please note:
    • You are required to upload a resume, verification of a home-country law degree (scanned copy of a transcript and/or diploma), and a statement of purpose.
    • In preparing your statement of purpose in Microsoft Word, please format with 12-point font and one-inch margins. Please also double-space, and most importantly, include your name in the top header of each page. Your statement should be a maximum of 2-3 pages. The Admissions Committee will not read beyond the stated limit.
    • The law school requires at least two letters of recommendation (maximum three) from people who know you well and can discuss your academic achievements and professional work as a lawyer. Letters of recommendation should be sent via e-mail or postal mail to: UC Irvine School of Law LL.M. Admissions 401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, California 92697-8000 USA
    • Please note that all of your materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be translated into English. While all official academic records must be issued in their original language, if they are not in English they must be accompanied by English translations. If the institution does not offer English translation, it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure an English translation is provided. The translation may be done by anyone as long as it is a literal translation, and it need not be certified.
    • Please note that UC Irvine School of Law will not accept revisions to the required documents once the application has been submitted.
    • As a part of the application process for the LL.M. program we may conduct a short interview with you to seek additional information about your interpersonal and communication skills.  Once you have completed your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview via Skype or in person (if you are in southern California).


If you have questions about UCI Law's LL.M. admissions process, please contact us by phone at (949) 824-5335 or by email at