Master of Laws (LL.M.) Application Requirements
Fall: February 1 | Spring: June 15
*Early applications are strongly recommended as priority consideration for admission, scholarship and grant assistance from the School of Law are given to those who apply by the given semester deadline.
Note: International applicants who wish to study on campus have non-negotiable deadlines regarding I20 issuance in addition to supplementary admissions requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors such as your citizenship or visa status. For more information, please visit our International Students Admissions page.
The admissions committee seeks to do more than simply enroll those with the greatest academic potential. We admit men and women who have demonstrated both academic ability as well as a committment to the school's mission as a Christ-centered institution.
The admissions committee, comprised of faculty members, associate deans, and the Director of Admissions, evaluates applicants according to the following criteria:
- Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and instituition attended)
- Career accomplishments
- Skills relevant to the paractice of law
- Responses to the questions in the application for admission
- Mission Fit
Applicants should possess a "J.D. equivalent" degree—be able to prove that the degree qualifies them to practice law in their home country or that they are eligible for licensure.
Once you have fulfilled the admissions requirements listed in the below application process, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within three weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.
LL.M. Application Process
All admissions materials should be submitted using the the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) service.
1. Application for Admission
Applicants should apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you have any technical difficulty in using the online application, please contact LSAC's Help Desk at 215.968.1393. Shortly after Regent receives your LSAC electronic application, we will email you a login and pin that allows you to check your application status online.
2. $50 Application Fee
Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online.
3. Official Transcripts
Submit official, degree-conferred transcripts from all institutions attended prior to matriculation.
4. Letters of Recommendation
Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. It is expected that the faculty letter of recommendation will come from a professor who taught the applicant a substantive course pertaining to the major or concentration of study. A second LOR is required from your clergy or spiritual leader (someone who is capable of commenting on your spiritual character) or from an employer, commanding officer, or other professional. The committee prefers that the clergy recommendation form be completed by your pastor, associate pastor, or other church or ministry leader. Recommendations from a friend or family member are discouraged. Regent-specific forms are preferred (see below).
- Faculty Recommendation. Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may substitute a General Recommendation. (A traditional letter of recommendation format is acceptable as is LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service.)
- Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation. Regent strongly encourages applicants to submit a Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation from a pastor, spiritual leader, or someone who can comment on the role of faith in the applicant's life. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to use Regent's Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation Form.)
If this is not possible, applicants may substitute a General Recommendation from an employer. If this is not possible, submit a General Recommendation from someone else who can speak to the applicant's character and other qualifications for legal study.
- General Recommendation. The General Recommendation Form is a preferred format for employers or character references, though a traditional format is also acceptable.
5. Current and Thorough Resumé
6. Personal Statement
The admissions committee attaches significant importance to the applicant's personal statement. The statement can provide the committee with insights into the applicant's passion and motivation for studying law, his or her commitment to receiving a legal education that integrates Christian principles and ethics, and knowledge of special skills and abilities developed through employment experiences.