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    Application Instructions:
    LLM for International Lawyers

    All applicants to Hamline University's Master in Law (LLM) for International Lawyers must possess:

    • Completed application (outlined below).
    • An LLB or equivalent degree with high academic standing from a recognized university outside the United States.
    • Prospective students must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve either: a score of 600 (paper-based format), 250 (computer-based format), or 100 (Internet-based format). The TOEFL Code for Hamline University School of Law is 6513.
    • Proof of sufficient financial support (outlined below).

    For additional information on LLM policies, please see the student handbook.

    Completed Application

    Applicants must complete the Hamline Law LLM for International Lawyers application and submit all required components. All applications must be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council’s online application service, LSAC.org.

    All applications must include:

    • Nonrefundable $50 application processing fee
    • Responses to all required application questions
    • Personal Statement
    • Résumé
    • Additional addenda as needed
    • The LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, including:
      • A valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score if English is not the primary language of the applicant’s country of citizenship. All applicant’s TOEFL score(s) must be submitted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Applicant’s TOEFL score(s) will be included in the International Credential Documents that will be included in the LSAC Law School Report.
      • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school work. International transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC CAS in their original language. Applicants with any postsecondary work completed outside of the United States (including its territories) or Canada must use this service for the evaluation of international transcripts. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into the LSAC Law School Report; this service will translate, evaluate, and authenticate all transcripts. The fee for this service is included in the CAS registration fee.
      • A minimum of two, and maximum of three, letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be written in English.
       

    APPLICATION MATERIALS TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO HAMLINE LAW

    In addition to submitting an application containing all the required components listed above directly to LSAC, applicants who are admitted into the LLM who will require a student visa must also submit the following documents directly to Hamline University School of Law’s Office of Admissions via mail. While applicants do not have to submit these documents until the point at which they are admitted into the LLM, all applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following requirements. If and when an applicant is admitted into the LLM, the applicant should begin preparing the following documents immediately.

    Materials to be submitted directly to Hamline Law upon admission include:

    • A paper or PDF copy of the identification page of the applicant’s passport.
    • Financial documentation:
      • All LLM applicants who will require a student visa must submit financial documentation as required by Hamline University and the United States government in order to apply for a visa for entry and study in the United States of America.
      • The Hamline University International and Off Campus Programs website outlines the process for submitting financial documentation, and provides the Affidavit of Financial Support form, which is required of all student visa holders.  
       
    • Each applicant must submit via mail an Affidavit of Financial Support form and valid supplemental financial documentation as defined at the above IOCP website directly to:
      Hamline University School of Law
      Office of Admissions, MS D2001
      1536 Hewitt Avenue
      Saint Paul, MN 55104
      USA
       
    • For applicants not currently residing in the United States, information about the U.S. visa application process is available on the Hamline University IOCP website.
    • All applicants currently possessing a valid U.S. student visa should review the Hamline University IOCP website regarding immigration forms and process. Please note: all applicants currently maintaining F-1 visa status must submit the F-1 Transfer History Form.
    • All applicants are expected to provide the Office of Admissions with updates on their immigration status in a timely fashion.

    Please note: Complete accuracy is a requirement in all statements made on the application. Misrepresentation of application information is sufficient grounds for revocation of admission, loss of scholarship funds, suspension or dismissal from the School of Law, and/or revocation of a degree.

    Application Processing Fee

    Applicants must submit a $50 nonrefundable application processing fee.

    Personal Statement

    The personal statement is an applicant’s opportunity to share his/her unique abilities, character, and experiences with the admissions committee. The admissions committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and also considers it a writing sample. In your personal statement, applicants will address: specific interest in Hamline University School of Law, intended course of study, and any other professional plans following the completion of the LLM degree.

    Résumé

    A detailed résumé is required and must be submitted electronically. It should include work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.

    Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the "Moral Character and Fitness to Practice Law" portion of the application thoroughly, and contact the Office of Admissions with any questions prior to submitting an application. Applicants who respond in the affirmative to any of the four questions in this section are obligated to attach an addendum to their application providing full disclosure as to the date, offense charge, and disposition related to each event which results in their responding in the affirmative. Please note: Failure to provide truthful answers or failure to inform the Office of Admissions of any changes to your answers may result in the revocation of admission or registration, and/or disciplinary action by the Hamline University School of Law.

    Additional Addenda

    Applicants may submit any additional addenda they feel will assist the Admissions Committee in their review of the application. Addenda must be submitted electronically to LSAC.org with the application.

    Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

    All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC.org.

    Applicants must have transcripts from each post-secondary college or university attended sent directly to LSAC CAS, for any undergraduate or graduate credit earned. The submission of a transcript from the most recent institution attended is not sufficient.

    Applicants possessing post-undergraduate or graduate school credit must have all post-undergraduate transcripts submitted to LSAC CAS as well.

    Undergraduate Degree

    A LLB degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited college or university must be conferred to an applicant prior to their matriculation as an LLM for International Lawyers student at Hamline University School of Law.

    Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Prospective students must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve either: a score of 600 (paper-based format), 250 (computer-based format), or 100 (Internet-based format). The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and more information about the exam can be found online at: http://www.ets.org/toefl/. Applicants must possess a valid TOEFL score in order to be considered for admission. Please note: Hamline Law will only consider TOEFL scores submitted directly by ETS to LSAC CAS.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted directly by an applicant’s recommenders to LSAC CAS. Hamline Law will accept a maximum of three letters of recommendation per applicant.

    Letters from professionals in academic settings able to attest to an applicant’s ability to enter an academically rigorous and competitive professional program are preferred. Applicants who have been graduated from an academic setting for more than two years may seek recommendations from employers or other supervisors. Applicants are strongly discouraged from seeking recommendations from personal contacts.

    Application Deadline

    LLM applicants must submit all application materials three months prior to the start of the term in which they wish to enroll. Fall courses typically begin in mid-August, and spring courses typically begin in mid-January. Application deadlines are non-negotiable, and applicants are encouraged to prepare accordingly.

    Visas

    All students must satisfy the United States government requirements for admission into the United States and for permission to remain in the Unites States for the duration of study for the LLM degree. This process is outlined above. Please note: Hamline University cannot and does not guarantee the procurement of a visa for any applicant.

    Tuition/Expenses

    Tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year is $1,271 (USD) per credit. As a 24-credit degree program, the total tuition cost for 2014-2015 will be $38,190 (USD). Please see the projected cost and fee schedule for more detailed information regarding the amount students should plan to both budget and provide financial documentation for when preparing their visa applications and planning for their studies at Hamline Law. Hamline offers law and graduate students several options to meet the unique needs of mature residents involved in an intense academic pursuit. The majority of the rooms reserved for law and graduate students are single occupancy, providing privacy and a quiet environment. Cost for room and board ranges from approximately $7,000 to $12,000 (U.S.) per year. Students requiring financial assistance should explore opportunities for loans or assistance programs in their country. Limited scholarship opportunities are available and are awarded based on the academic and professional strength of the applicant.

    Housing

    Hamline offers law and graduate students several options to meet the unique needs of mature residents involved in an intense academic pursuit. The majority of the rooms reserved for law and graduate students are single occupancy, providing privacy and a quiet environment. Cost for room and board ranges from approximately $7,000 to $12,000 (U.S.) per year.

    Contact Information

    Applicants with questions concerning any requirements for admission or admission procedures are encouraged to visit Hamline Law's Apply Now website or contact the Office of Admissions.