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Apply to University of Richmond School of Law's International Programs

We're proud to offer a variety of international programs, including a two-year LLM/MBA dual degree, one of only a few programs of its kind in the world. If you have questions about the application process or about the law school, please call the admissions office at (804) 289-8189 or e-mail us at lawadmissions@richmond.edu. We will be happy to help you.

Two-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) for International Lawyers

Two-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) for International Lawyers

Lawyers with a first degree in law from outside the United States who are admitted to our program receive one year’s credit toward their Juris Doctor degree. This enables them to graduate in two years but still to receive the same J.D. degree that our three-year students receive.

Two-year students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They take the regular first-year curriculum required of all J.D. students and in the second year select from an extensive array of elective courses and seminars.

In addition to a foreign law degree, applicants to the two-year J.D. program must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishment. Applicants are not required to take the LSAT.

View the International Student Handbook.

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About Us

Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. Our world-class faculty combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment assures that each student receives the individual attention they need to thrive.

The city of Richmond is a thriving business and legal practice hub and is home to multinational corporations, leading law firms and major government agencies. It is also a lively, livable city, full of first-rate arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife.

The location, within easy driving distance of both the mountains and the ocean, is also close to Washington, D.C. and an hour’s flight from New York City.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a two-year J.D. degree different from a three-year degree?
    The degrees conferred are identical. Students with a qualifying international law degree are awarded one year’s advance standing based on the earned foreign law degree, allowing them to complete their degree requirements more quickly.
  2. In what states will I be able to take a bar exam?
    A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school is the basic requirement to take the bar exam in every state in the country and a Richmond Law J.D. will meet this degree requirement.

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and othe qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
  3. How easy is it to obtain housing on or near campus?
    There are a myriad of affordable housing options available in close proximity to campus as well as some on-campus housing available for which international students have first priority.

Application Process

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Applications should be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Web site. In order to submit an application using LSAC’s service, you must create either an LLM or JD account. If you have taken or plan to take the LSAT (not required for the two-year J.D. for international lawyers), you should create a JD Account and apply using the “JD for Intl Attorneys” application. Applicants with a JD Account should utilize the JD Credential Assembly Service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

    If you have not taken or will not take the LSAT, you should create an LLM Account and apply using the “JD for Intl Attorneys” application. Applicants with an LLM Account should register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service and pay for the Document Assembly Service. Applicants may utilize LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.
  2. Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcipt Authentification Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us.

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189 or contact lawadmissions@richmond.edu.

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office could constitute a basis for denial of admission or revocation of an offer of admission.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state or federal law. For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-discrimination.html.

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189.

Mailing Address:
Law Admissions Office
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
Email: lawadmissions@richmond.edu

LLM for International Lawyers

LLM for International Lawyers

Richmond Law's LLM is a one-year, full-time, master's level law program for lawyers whose first degree in law is from outside the United States. It offers an opportunity for lawyers to gain a strong grounding in U.S. law and the common law system while polishing their communication and legal English skills. Richmond is known for its outstanding faculty and the personalized attention that professors give each student.

LLM students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They must complete 24 credits of academic coursework, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Research and Writing. All other courses are elective, and LLM students may enroll in first-year J.D. courses as well as upper-level courses and seminars.

In addition to either a first degree in law from outside the U.S. or being admitted to practice law outside the U.S., applicants to the LLM program must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishments. The minimum TOEFL scores acceptable for admissions are 100 (internet-based total), 250 (computer-based total), or 600 (paper-based total). The minimum IELTS score is 7. Richmond Law may occasionally accept students with a slightly lower score where there are other indicia of the necessary language fluency.

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About Us

Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. The world-class faculty, combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment, assures that each student receives the individual attention that they need to thrive.

The city of Richmond is a thriving business and legal practice hub and is home to multinational corporations, leading law firms and major government agencies. It is also a lively, livable city, full of first-rate arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife with an extremely modest cost of living.

The location, within easy driving distance of both the mountains and the ocean, is also close to Washington, D.C. and an hour’s flight from New York City.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need to take the LSAT to be admitted to the LLM program?
    Applicants are not required to take the LSAT.
  2. Will I be able to take a bar exam in any U.S. states?
    Some states, including New York, allow foreign lawyers with an LLM degree from a U.S. law school to take the bar exam. Applicants interested in taking the New York bar exam should consult the New York Bar rules. The requirements are available at http://www.nybarexam.org/Foreign/ForeignLegalEducation.htm.

    For those students interested in taking a bar exam, Richmond Law provides bar exam information and preparation assistance.

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and othe qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
  3. How easy is it to obtain housing on or near the University?
    Some on-campus housing is available for international LLM students, and students will also find it convenient and affordable to find off-campus housing in the Richmond community. Please visit our Housing page or contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Application Process

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Application for Admission form including the signed certification statement (may be signed electronically online)
  2. Nonrefundable $50 application fee payable online via llm.lsac.org (If payment of this fee will prevent a student from applying, waiver requests should be submitted to lawadmissions@richmond.edu.) 
  3. Official copy of the applicant's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, transcripts authentication and evaluation of transcripts
  4. Curriculum vitae/resume
  5. Narrative (personal) statement about your career goals and experience (1-3 double-spaced pages)
  6. Two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic or legal qualifications. All letters should be sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
  7. TOEFL or IELTS score (or other evidence of language proficiency)

Applications will be accepted beginning in September. It is advisable to have your application on file as soon as possible, allowing support documents to follow.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Applications for admission to the program and all support documents can be submitted through the Law school Admission Council's Web site (llm.lsac.org). Applicants with foreign legal educational credentials may utilize LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.
  2. Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcipt Authentification Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us.

All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office could constitute a basis for denial of admission or revocation of an offer of admission.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state or federal law. For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-discrimination.html.

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189.

Mailing Address:
Law Admissions Office
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
Email: lawadmissions@richmond.edu

LLM/MBA Program

LLM/MBA Dual Degree Program

At the University of Richmond, LLM/MBA candidates enjoy the best of both worlds: access to a sophisticated legal education and advanced business skills training. One of only a few programs of its kind in the world, the LLM/MBA Dual Degree prepares students to deal effectively with global business and legal transactions—a combination that gives our graduates a distinct advantage in a world in which law and business are increasingly interdependent and globally focused. This full-time, 24-month program is designed for lawyers educated outside the United States who want to enhance their knowledge of both the U.S. legal system and the business world.

Situated side-by-side on the University of Richmond’s centrally located campus, the Law School and Business School are mere steps away from each other – and just a short drive to the city center in downtown Richmond, as well as a 90-minute drive from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.  

View the LLM/MBA Brochure

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About Us

The Law School
Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. The world-class faculty, combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment, assures that each student receives the individual attention that they need to thrive.

The Business School
Recognized as one of the nation’s best business schools, the Robins School of Business prepares students to be leaders in a global business world by providing a dynamic learning community that connects area professionals with our renowned faculty who challenge you to solve real-world problems. From Opening Residency to the Capstone Project, you will enjoy hands-on experiences throughout.

The Basics

  • A first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school is required.
  • Students will take class concurrently at the Business School and the Law School.
  • A total of 30 credits in the MBA program and 24 credits in the LLM program are required.
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Applications are accepted between September and February 15 for priority consideration; however, applications are accepted until the class is filled.
  • Access details about the LLM/MBA curriculum here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need to take the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE to be admitted to the LLM/MBA program?
    Applicants are not required to take the LSAT. Applicants must take either the GRE or the GMAT.
  2. Will I be able to take a bar exam in any U.S. states?
    Some states, including New York, allow foreign lawyers with an LLM degree from a U.S. law school to take the bar exam. Applicants interested in taking the New York bar exam should consult the New York Bar rules. The requirements are available online. For those students interested in taking a bar exam, Richmond Law provides bar exam information and preparation assistance. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
  3. How easy is it to obtain housing on or near the University?
    Limited on-campus housing is available for international students, and students will also find it convenient and affordable to find off-campus housing in the Richmond community. Please visit our Housing page or contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
  4. What career services are offered?
    Our Career Development Office partners with students through a comprehensive career and professional development process to explore their interests and strengths, to connect students with alumni, practitioners and professionals, to refine employment search materials, interview skills and personal presentation ability, and to guide students through the process of turning contacts into offers.

Application Process

Applicants must have a first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school.
 
A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application for Admission including the signed certification statement
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee (If payment of this fee will prevent a student from applying, waiver requests should be submitted to lawadmissions@richmond.edu.) 
  • GMAT or GRE (report to be sent directly from the test center to the School of Law, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173)
  • TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS level 7, or justification for waiver
  • Transcripts for all completed undergraduate and graduate work; official copy of the applicant's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, transcripts authentication and evaluation of transcripts
  • Narrative/personal statement detailing your objectives in pursuing this degree
  • Resume/CV
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic qualifications, legal qualifications, and/or business experience

Applications will be accepted beginning in October. It is advisable to have your application submitted as soon as possible, allowing your supporting test documents to follow.

There are two ways to submit an application:

Applications for admission to the program and all support documents can be submitted through the Law school Admission Council's Web site (llm.lsac.org). Applicants with foreign legal educational credentials may utilize LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us. Transcripts must be in English and certified by a notary or other appropriate office attesting to the documents’ authenticity.

All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office could constitute a basis for denial of admission or revocation of an offer of admission.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state or federal law. For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-discrimination.html.

More Information

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189.

Mailing Address:
Law Admissions Office
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
Email: lawadmissions@richmond.edu

Law Admissions Office

Mailing Address:
Law Admissions Office
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

GPS Location:
37.579172, -77.536167

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
E-mail: lawadmissions@richmond.edu