Frequently asked questions
What areas of law can I major in?
The LL.M. program offers four majors for students to choose from: corporate and finance law, labor and employment law, taxation, and U.S. law.
Can I transfer credits from another university?
An applicant who has successfully enrolled and undertaken some coursework in an LL.M. program in another domestic A.B.A-accredited law school and wishes to transfer into an LL.M. program at Wayne Law with some credit for courses taken in the prior LL.M. program shall be eligible for consideration for admission under special transfer admittance provisions and shall be entitled to transfer up to 12 credit hours of course work for courses whose descriptions and credit hours are equivalent to courses in the Wayne Law curriculum.
How long does it take to complete the LL.M. program?
The LL.M. program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. It can take students one year with a maximum of six years permitted.
U.S. Bar Exam eligibility
Will an LL.M. degree allow me to sit for a U.S. bar exam if my first law degree was earned outside of the United States?
Earning an LL.M. degree does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a U.S. bar exam. Each state bar determines its eligibility requirements. International students seeking to sit for a U.S. bar exam should diligently research state bar requirements, as it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all state bar requirements are met. This may require reviewing and understanding the requirements and deadlines listed on the state bar's website, or contacting the state bar directly by phone or email if you have additional questions or need further clarification.
While Wayne Law does not guarantee bar eligibility and our LL.M. program is not specifically designed as a U.S. bar preparation program, students who have met all other applicable bar qualifications may be able to use the credits earned through this program as part of the requirements for U.S. bar eligibility.
Admissions, enrollment and financial aid
When can I begin the program?
Students are admitted into the LL.M. program in the fall and winter. We recommend students begin in the fall.
How do I apply?
Applicants should apply through Law School Admission Council (LSAC). We are currently accepting applications for fall 2024.
When are the application deadlines?
The application deadline for fall admission is August 1. The priority deadline is June 1. The application deadline for winter admission is December 1. The priority deadline is November 15. Extensions to the application deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Are applicants required to take any standardized tests?
No standardized tests are required for the LL.M. application. International students must demonstrate English proficiency and may submit a TOEFL or equivalent test score to fulfill this requirement.
English is not my first language, should I still apply?
We require students to be proficient in English before they begin in our graduate programs. You 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.
What is the tuition rate for the LL.M. program? Are there funding opportunities available?
LL.M. students pay Wayne Law graduate tuition rates. University tuition and fees are subject to change and are evaluated each June by the Board of Governors. For planning purposes, you should estimate a 3-5% increase for the upcoming academic year.
Funding opportunities include scholarships through the WSU Graduate School, external funding and awards, and federal student aid. In addition, many employers provide tuition assistance to employees. If you are working, you should inquire with your employer.