LLM FAQs

What LLM programs do you offer?
We offer an LLM in Natural Resources Law, Entrepreneurial Law, and Information Technology/Intellectual Property Law.

Do you offer a part-time or evening program, or correspondence courses? 
No, we only offer full-time, day classes in our three LLM programs.

Can I begin the program in the spring?
No, all LLM students begin the program in the fall semester. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months. International students may be required to take a U.S. Law introductory course in the summer prior to commencing their LLM studies in the fall semester.

Am I permitted to work during the LLM program? 
Yes, however, the LLM program is full-time and rigorous. Students should be cautious before over committing themselves with additional work of more than 10 hours per week. 

The Application Process

What are the basic requirements to apply for the LLM program?

  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school or law degree from a foreign country
  • Application through the Law School which includes the following items:
    • Resume
    • Personal statement
    • Cover page of CAS/LSDAS, if the applicant attended law school in the U.S. or Canada (applicant should ask their law school for a copy)
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and law schools attended
    • Evaluation and translation for international documents (if necessary)
    • TOEFL or IELTS score for international applicants
    • We may ask that international applicants participate in an interview via Skype

How do I apply for the LLM programs? 
LLM applicants must submit applications and all supporting documents directly to the Law School. The application is available here. There is no application fee for the 2015 cycle.

May I submit my application before I graduate from law school? 
Yes, as long as your law degree will be conferred prior to the start of the LLM program. 

When does the Admissions Office begin accepting LLM applications? What is the deadline to submit my LLM application for fall admission? 
We accept LLM applications between November 1 and April 15.

How many letters of recommendation do you require? 
We require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. For current students and recent graduates, recommendations from faculty members are recommended. 

How many students will Colorado Law admit under the LLM program each year? 
We will enroll no more than 12 students in each LLM track each year.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my LLM application? 
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in the fall. We will notify applicants of the Committee's decision, on a rolling basis beginning in January. 

As an admitted LLM student, how do I confirm my seat? 
To accept a seat in the upcoming class, an admitted student must send a confirmation form and a $200 seat deposit to Colorado Law by the date specified in the letter notifying the applicant of admission. We ask each newly admitted student to respond within approximately two weeks after receipt of the letter. Prior to enrolling, all admitted students who have confirmed their admission must submit two official transcripts from each college and postgraduate they have attended showing all completed work. Transcripts must show that you have received a law degree from a properly accredited institution.

How do I schedule a visit to the law school? 
You are welcome to take a tour and visit a class. Please see our Visiting Colorado Law webpage for details. 

Colorado Residency and Tuition 

What is the current tuition rate for the LLM programs?
Colorado residents will pay $34,402 + fees per year, and out-of-state students will pay $36,594 + fees per year. Visit the tuition webpage for complete details. Tuition and fees are subject to approval by the Board of Regents and may change at any time, without notice.

Is there scholarship aid for LLM students?
No, unfortunately we do not offer scholarships to LLM students.

International / Foreign Students 

I live outside the United States, is your catalog online? 
You may view our catalog online here.

What type of financial assistance is available to international students? 
Financial assistance is not available for students in the LLM program. 

Do you require applicants to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Yes, we require all applicants whose native language is not English to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) since a thorough and excellent command of written and spoken English is crucial to success in law school for all students.

What is the minimum IELTS score required? 
Law 6.0

What is the minimum TOEFL score required?
Law 100 iBT/250 CBT/600 PBT

Applicants from which countries do not require TOEFL or IELTS?
For a list of countries from which the TOEFL or IELTS are not required, see http://www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/international/admrequirements/engproficiency

Is there an interview?
We may ask that an international applicant submit to an interview via Skype. This will be determined on a case by case basis. 

Do I need a law degree to apply for the LLM degree? 
We evaluate foreign transcripts to ensure that the course work completed is the equivalent of a U.S. law degree or a degree that would allow the applicant to practice law in the degree-granting country. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must have their degree verified using the CU-Boulder services or by another accredited agency. You must submit the agency evaluation report and a certified translation, if necessary, along with the application.

As an international student who is able to practice law in my country do I need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?
No, we do not require the LSAT for applicants who are licensed to practice law in their own country.

Where can I get assistance as an international student?
CU-Boulder's International Student and Scholar Services in the Office of International Education is available to assist international students once they are admitted to Colorado Law. They can answer questions for prospective students and current students regarding housing, financial aid, cultural adjustment, visas, taxes, and embassies, helping to make your transition a smooth one.

Do LLM students receive help in looking for a job?
Materials and resources prepared by Colorado Law's Career Development Office are available to LLM students seeking employment in the United States.

Can international students get part-time jobs while studying at Colorado Law?
Students with F1 or J1 visas may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during regular semesters and up to 40 hours per week during holidays and vacations. Students interested in engaging in on-campus employment have ordinarily worked as research or library assistants.

Can I work in the United States after graduating from Colorado Law?
Students with F-1 or J-1 visas may stay up to one year in the United States after receiving their degree for optional practical training (OPT). Some graduates extended their stay with the support of their employers.

Can LLM international students apply for judicial clerkships in the United States?
In general, students who are not U.S. citizens may not serve as federal law clerks. Citizenship requirements vary for state clerkships. International students interested in clerking for a particular state court should inquire about their eligibility with the specific chambers, or ask Colorado Law's Career Development Office for assistance.

How can I get a license to practice law in Colorado or the United States? 
Each individual U.S. state sets its own standards for admission of attorneys; therefore, it is best to consult the jurisdiction directly. Please note, Colorado Law does not certify LLM graduates to take the bar exam.