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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 preferred scores are as follows: 

  • TOEFL: 100 (internet-based total); 250 (computer-based total); or 600 (paper-based total)
  • IELTS: 7

Richmond Law may occasionally accept students with a slightly lower score where there are other indicia of the necessary language fluency.

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 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. 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
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume
  4. Narrative (personal) statement about your career goals and experience (1-3 double-spaced pages)
  5. 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)
  6. 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.

Applications for admission to the program and all support documents can be submitted through the Law school Admission Council's Web site ( 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.

All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Important Policies

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