Application process

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Applications for fall 2021 must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2021. 


Among the required documents are "official transcripts." Official transcripts are those issued directly by your previous institution. They usually include a school imprint, seal, or original signature and stamp of the registrar or senior school official. Transcripts cannot be transmitted via the applicant and must be sent by the institution to Wayne State University and cannot read "issued to student." Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission requirements

From Master of Laws Academic Regulations

The basic requirement for admission to the LL.M. program is a demonstration of sufficient ability to be a successful student. This ability may be demonstrated by a record that includes the following:

  1. A J.D. (or LL.B.) degree from a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
  2. A J.D. (or LL.B.) degree from a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association but is not a member of the Association of American Law Schools, but only if the applicant has compiled a distinguished academic record at that law school.
  3. The equivalent of a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school outside the United States at which the applicant compiled a distinguished academic record. Applicants must receive a score of 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 250 or above on the computer-based TOEFL, or 100 or above on the internet-based TOEFL, or 7.0 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, although a waiver of this requirement may be granted based on other evidence of English language competency. Individuals are ineligible for admission to the United States Law LL.M. Program if they have received a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school.
  4. In extraordinary cases, the Graduate Committee, on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies, may admit to the LL.M. degree program an applicant who has graduated from a United States law school that is not approved by the American Bar Association if the applicant has been admitted to practice without limitation in one of the States of the United States and has clearly demonstrated by experience, academic performance, and other qualifications the ability to perform well in the LL.M. program. The Director of Graduate Studies shall sign and place in the student's file a statement of the considerations that led to the decision to admit the applicant. 

Each state applies its own criteria for allowing applicants to take the bar examination and for admitting attorneys to practice law. Completion of the LL.M. degree does not qualify a student to apply for permission to take the bar exam in every state. Lawyers from other countries seeking to practice law in the United States should obtain information regarding the requirements for admission to the bar in the state(s) in which they wish to practice.