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How to Apply: LLM and SJD Applicants

Applying to LLM and SJD programs

The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all applications and evaluates applicants primarily on the strength of their academic record. The Committee may also take into account an applicant’s professional experience. Environmental law applications are reviewed for a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the field.

There is no official application deadline for LLM or SJD applicants; however, candidates are urged to apply as early as possible in order to ensure a place is available in the class, as well as to ensure the best chance of scholarship and financial aid availability. International candidates are especially encouraged to begin their application processes as early as possible, in order to have enough time to obtain a visa.

At its discretion, the Office of Graduate Programs may schedule a personal, telephone or video-conference interview with applicants to the LLM or SJD programs.

To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, please submit the following:

1. Online application: Pace Law School expects candidates for graduate degree programs to apply through the LSAC LLM Service. If exceptional circumstances prevent you from using the LSAC LLM Service, please contact the Graduate Programs Office for other application options.

2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

3. Personal statement: Your personal statement must be no more than 500 words and written in English. It must be entirely your own work. In this statement, please discuss your academic and professional goals, and why you choose to apply for a graduate degree at Pace Law School.

4. Letters of recommendation: Please submit at least two letters of recommendation. These letters should be written by persons who know you well enough to evaluate your academic or professional background and your capacity for graduate law study. By way of example, letters may be written by a current or former professor, an employer who has supervised your work, a professional colleague, or even a client from your law practice. 

5. Legal writing sample: Please submit a short sample of your best legal writing. For example, you might submit a legal brief or memorandum from your professional practice, or an academic paper from your previous law studies. This writing sample should be 3 - 5 pages long, and must be entirely your own work, written in English

6. Complete resume or curriculum vitae: This document should be a chronological summary of your academic and professional experience. You may also indicate other experience, including internships, volunteer work for charities or NGOs, participation in sports or other activities, talents and interests.

7. English proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency. The Graduate Admissions Committee strongly prefers TOEFL scores of at least 90 or IELTS scores of at least 6.5. Candidates with lower scores will be considered by the Committee, although they may be required to complete a course of instruction at the Pace University English Language Institute before enrollment in the LLM or SJD.

Candidates choosing to fulfill the English proficiency requirement by studying at the Pace English Language Institute will be allowed to enroll in the LLM or SJD program upon completion of their English course to the satisfaction of the Institute's Director. The duration of such a course will vary depending on each candidate’s initial level of English.

Candidates whose native language is not English, but who have completed university courses in which English was the language of instruction, may apply for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement.

8. Application fee: You must submit a nonrefundable application fee of sixty dollars ($60.00) by credit card through the LSAC LLM Service. International students may also use www.peertransfer.com/pace.

9. Thesis proposal: Applicants for the SJD program must submit a thesis proposal of at least five (5) pages, explaining the subject they intend to research while at Pace Law School. Note that this requirement is only for SJD applicants. Applicants to the LLM programs need not submit a thesis proposal.