The Office of Graduate Legal Studies welcomes the opportunity to review your application.
Please provide as much information as possible on the online application. Once your application is submitted, we will make changes only to your personal information (such as your mailing address, email address, or telephone number). We will not accept amended personal statements, résumés, or fellowship applications after your application has been submitted online. If any of your personal information changes after you submit your application, email [email protected] as soon as possible to inform us of the change(s).
Columbia Law School uses the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) as its online application host. You must submit all materials directly through LSAC, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST; submissions by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF); and submissions by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). In addition, you will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. Such applications do not in any way enhance your chances for admission to the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School. In fact, unless they are submitted through Fulbright or one of the other approved organizations above, they may hinder your chances or render your application incomplete, as we have no way of verifying that the application is indeed your work. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the Office of Graduate Legal Studies.
Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with these instructions may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants may be required to assist admissions staff and faculty involved in admission reviews in the verification of all documents and statements made in documents submitted by students as part of the application review process.
Before completing the application, you may find it helpful to review the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website, as many common questions about our application process and the online application are contained therein.
Regrettably, because of the large number of applicants from all over the world, it is not logistically possible for interviews to be included as part of the selection process.
As a substitute, the Admissions Committee relies upon the insights provided by your letters of recommendation and Personal Statement. In addition to providing the committee with a more personal sense of your individual qualities, the Personal Statement affords you an opportunity to present any special information or factors that may prove useful to the committee’s deliberations. Nevertheless, if you are in New York we invite you to visit the Law School and the Office of Graduate Legal Studies; we will provide you with a self-guided tour booklet for the Law School and, if you are visiting during the academic year, a list of courses open to visitors. (Courses generally are open to visitors from late September through November and late January through April.) Please also visit the Visiting Columbia Law School section of this website.
Complete application instructions are listed at left. Click the appropriate links to help you complete your application.
The 2020-2021 LL.M. Program Application Is Now Open
We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 LL.M. Program, and look forward to learning more about you. The application deadline for the LL.M. Program is December 18, 2019.