Office of Graduate Admission

Welcome to Graduate Student Admission

The John Marshall Law School's Graduate Admission and International Education Office offers prospective degree candidates support when applying to Master of Laws (LLM) or Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) programs. In addition to providing detailed information about the graduate programs and the application process, admission staff is available for scheduled appointments, guided tours, and to provide information about the City of Chicago.

The tabs below will provide you assistance in preparing your application.

A Guide to the City as a Campus

Links

For more information on the graduate application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission
& International Education Services at graduateadmission@jmls.edu or 866.460.2022.

Overview

After determining which enrollment option applies to you, a complete application must be submitted.

Fall Deadline: August 1 (MJ in Real Estate - Fall Deadline: June 10)
Spring Deadline: December 1
Summer Deadline: May 1


Completed applications must include:

  1. Application Form: LLM application or MJ application
  2. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Resume
  5. Application Fee: Your application fee has been waived.
  6. Writing Sample (MJ applicants only): Acceptable samples are a published article, a risk assessment paper, executive summary documenting a project or a decision point, exam paper or research paper.

LLM Application

Download and submit your application directly to John Marshall to avoid application fees. The LSAC charges $75 to collect transcripts and process applications. If you are applying to multiple LLM programs, LSAC services will be the most convenient method of application.

Degree Opportunities

MJ Application

Download and submit your application directly to John Marshall to avoid application fees.

Degree Opportunities

Transcripts/LORs

Transcripts
Academic transcripts must be submitted from all colleges and universities an applicant has attended. Transcripts must be official, signed or stamped by the registrar, and include the degree conferral date. MJ applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree, whereas LLM applicants must hold a JD or law equivalency degree for foreign attorneys. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the Registrar's Office to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation are optional, but highly encouraged. Typically, applicants submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. John Marshall will accept up to five.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should include your reasons for wishing to study in one of John Marshall's LLM or MJ programs and your career goals after completion. The Statement of Purpose should be two double-spaced pages in length.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Please be aware that earning a U.S. LLM does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the bar exam in IL, NY, CA, or any other U.S. state. The respective state’s Board of Law Examiners and not The John Marshall Law School determines eligibility to sit for the exam. Degree candidates should consult the respective Board of Law Examiners' website to review the rules and requirements for any and all states in which they intend to practice.