The Catholic University of America

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study at CUA?

For over one hundred years, The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law has trained many of the nation's most distinguished lawyers and judges. In law firms, federal and local government, the judiciary, and the public sector, our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence and ethics. Committed to providing the highest quality legal education in an increasingly global society, the Columbus School of Law offers its Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program to graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools. In line with our Catholic mission, the Columbus School of Law instills its students with a quest for social justice and a profound duty to apply their legal knowledge and skills to the promotion of the common good.

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When should I apply? What is the application deadline?

Application deadline for U.S. applicants for the Fall 2015 semester is June 1, 2015. International Applicants, please submit application for the Fall 2015 semester by March 16, 2015. Applications are complete once the Office of Admissions has received: Recommendation letters, official transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS results if first language is other than English, the completed application form and accompanying $65 fee.

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What are the application requirements?

Submission of completed application form, accompanied by an application fee of $65.00 in the form of a personal check or money order. The application fee is waived when applying online via the LSAC website.

Official Law School Transcripts: Applicants holding a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school must submit a complete and official law school transcript. The transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from your law school’s Registrar/Academic Affairs department.

For international applicants who have completed an undergraduate law degree, i.e. an LL.B., an official copy of your law school transcripts is required. These transcripts must be translated into English. We accept international transcripts from the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service, World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers. If you have questions about this process, please do not hesitate to call us at (202) 319-5151.

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from an school where English is the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The results should be forwarded directly to the Law School from ETS.

Submit two letters of recommendation, one preferably from a member of your law school faculty. The letters must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions and each envelope must bear the recommender's signature across the envelope’s back flap.

Please submit a typed personal statement (not to exceed two pages) indicating why you desire to pursue an LL.M. and how your legal education and employment preparation has led you to make this choice.

On a separate page, please select a concentration from the law school’s concentration offerings and discuss how your legal training and any legal professional experience has influenced this interest.

You are required to submit a personal resume or curriculum vitae listing education in law, professional employment, publications, community service, honors, and other achievements you believe should be brought to the attention of the Admissions Committee.

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Is the LSAT required for admission to the LL.M. Program?

No, international students applying to the LL.M. program are not required to take the LSAT.

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Is the TOEFL required for international applicants?

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was not received in a school where English is the language of instruction, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The results should be forwarded directly to the Law School from ETS.

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What is the TOEFL score requirement?

The required TOEFL score is 100.  The minimum IELTS score that we accept is a 7.0. 

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Are scholarships and/or financial aid available to LL.M. students?

Most CUA Law students rely primarily on student loan programs for necessary funding. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, funding is available for tuition, fees, and living expenses through the Federal Direct Loan program. For non-U.S. citizens, private loans may be available for applicants with a qualified cosigner.

The Office of Financial Aid at Columbus School of Law, is happy to assist students with the loan application process, and will include admitted LL.M. students in regularly generated email and other electronic communications about student loan application procedures and timelines.

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law offers scholarships for J.D. and LL.M candidates based on academic performance and other information provided on applications for admission. No separate application is required.

Scholarships in the amounts of $ 5,000 - $ 30,000 U.S. dollars per year are available depending on the strength of individual applications.

Grants and scholarships may be available from a variety of outside organizations, as well. Using the internet and such sites as www.fastweb.com will be helpful in locating such resources. Other specific sites are noted below. This list is for reference purposes only. CUA does not officially endorse any of these institutions, nor can we vouch for the accuracy or quality of the information and/or services they provide.

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Do I need a law degree to apply to the LL.M. program?

Yes. Applicants must either hold a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school or for international students, a first degree in law, i.e. an LL.B.

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Will the law school help me to secure a visa?

Yes. International students will receive additional information about the process upon admission to the program.

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What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition and expenses information is available here: http://www.law.edu/finaid/index.cfm and http://www.law.edu/finaid/costofattendance.cfm.

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How much time is needed to complete the degree?

Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year while part-time students can complete the program in one and a half to two years (three or four semesters.)

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What LL.M. programs do you offer?

The LL.M. is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study from the following concentrations: Communications Law, Securities Law and Comparative and International Law.

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How many credits are required to earn the LL.M. degree?

To earn the LL.M. degree, students must complete 24 credits. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. Students may enroll in an array of upper division courses, seminars, directed research and writing tutorials, legal externships, skills training and clinical courses. At least 16 of the required credits must be directly related to the concentration area, while remaining credits may be earned by taking general electives. LL.M. students with a U.S. or Canadian first degree are also required to take at least one course with a writing component as part of their course work. International students may be required to take a first-year common law course and they are encouraged to select at least one upper division course which requires completion of a paper or other written work product.

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Can LL.M. students take courses outside the LL.M. curriculum?

At least 16 of the required credits must be directly related to the concentration area, while remaining credits may be earned by taking general electives.

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Are internships available to LL.M. students?

Yes, LL.M. students may complete externships for credit. Students may avail themselves of all the opportunities that Washington, D.C. has to offer due to our convenient location.

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Are LL.M. graduates eligible to take a bar examination?

Completion of the LL.M. program does not necessarily guarantee eligibility to sit for the Bar Exam. Bar exam eligibility rules vary among the states.

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Can I transfer to the J.D. program after I complete my LL.M. degree?

LL.M. students can apply to the J.D program, however credits from the LL.M. will not transfer.

Can I set up an appointment to visit the school?
To sign up for a tour and/or a class visit, please contact our office at 202-319-5151 or admissions@law.edu at least  24 hours before you plan to visit so that we can confirm the availability of tours and classes. Mention you are a prospective LL.M. student and what your concentration of study is so we can schedule a class visit that best fits your interests.

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