The IPLP LLM Program
The LLM program is designed to provide those who have completed a law degree with a specialization in Native American and indigenous peoples' law through a full-time, two-semester program requiring 24 credit hours of coursework. Students in the program must successfully complete Federal Indian Law and International Peoples Rights or International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, international students must complete Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research and Introduction to the U.S. legal System.
LLM applicants must be JD graduates of an ABA approved law school in the United States, or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accredited authority in the nation in which it is located. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (TOEFL 100iBT; IELTS 7.5 with no subsection under 7.0).
Applying for the LLM
The IPLP LLM application is available online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org.
To create an LSAC LLM Student Account, follow these steps:
1. Go to: http://lsac.org/llm and create an account.
2. Click on My School List, then School Search, then Add Member Schools. Select "The University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law" and then click on Save Selections to School List.
3. Go to Start/Continue Application, click on Fall 2016-Application and finally click APPLY.
Once you have submitted your application, please let us know by sending an email with your LSAC account number to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can be sure that LSAC forwards your application to us.
Online Application through University of Arizona Law
You may also apply for any of our LLM programs directly on our website here. You will create an account in order to begin the application, and then choose the degree program you're interested in.
Fall application: For students starting in the fall semester, applications open October 25.
Fall application closes May 15 for international applicants or July 15 for domestic students.
Spring application: For students starting in the spring semester, applications open September 1.
Spring application closes November 1.
Required Documents for Application
2 letters of recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the institution awarding the first law degree. If not, please explain why this is not available in the appropriate departmental question on the application. Applicants who hold an LLM degree must submit at least one recommendation from an instructor at the institution that granted their LLM degree. The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.
1-2 page personal statement: The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. It should not exceed three double-spaced pages in length. If you are seeking financial assistance, please include in your personal statement an explanation of any information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in making financial awards.
Resume or curriculum vitae: The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions: Transcripts for your first law degree and any other graduate degrees should be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. (Please note that LSAC charges fees for services through the Credential Assembly Service Report.)
Information for International Applicants
International applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet the requisite student visa requirements and regulations for their entry into the United States. The requirements vary depending on the country of residence and citizen. It will include proof of financial capacity for the future student and, if applicable, their dependents. Information related to the financial capacity for students can be found here http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/proof-financial-resources-international-students.
Proof of English proficiency for international students: TOEFL or IETLS Report Proof of English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English, and who do not qualify for a waiver. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 IBT or higher is expected. Alternatively, we will accept an overall IELTS score of 7.5 score and no subsection less than 7.0.
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that bar admission in all U.S. states involves consideration of a bar applicant's character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice. The American Bar Association offers various resources on bar admission, see: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissions.html.
Students on non-immigrant visas are required by the University of Arizona to carry student accident and illness insurance coverage for each term of enrollment. The cost of the insurance is included in the amount of the financial guarantee and is incorporated into your semester fees automatically upon registration. This insurance requirement is mandatory. Additional information about insurance is available here http://www.health.arizona.edu/new-students.