If you are interested in applying to schools in the United States of America for an LLM, two options are available to you:
1. Applying directly to the school
Using this option, you will apply directly to the school without making contact with LSAC. The application fee is not waived if you are applying directly to the school, except for some schools, depending on the circumstance of each case. Once the application documents are sent to the school, the application is complete.
2. Applying through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
With this option, these are the steps you follow:
Open/ register your account.
Fill in the required details. Find out if your schools of interest are registered with LSAC.
Make payment for the Credential assembly service: The Credential assembly service includes (document assembly service [$85] – for applicants educated outside the US and international transcript authentication and evaluation service [$135}. This payment is for evaluation, authentication, and transmission of your application documents, transcript and letter of recommendation to a participating law school. You must pay for the service at least four to six weeks before the school’s application deadline to ensure you receive a decision.
Transcript – an official copy of your academic record is to be sent to LSAC directly from your institution in order to be processed. LSAC Transcript Request form is used for this purpose. The transcript must be mailed to LSAC from the issuing institution in a sealed school envelope with a stamp or seal across the sealed flap.
Once you are registered with LSAC, you will not be required to pay any other fee for the next five years from the date of registration.
Prepare and send out the required documents to LSAC – transcript, letter of recommendation and TOEFL/IELTS score.
Once received, your file will be forwarded to AACRAO ( American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions ) for evaluation. It takes two to 3 weeks to complete the process.
At the end of the evaluation, LSAC will send your report to the different schools you have applied to. You will be required to pay an application fee for each school you apply to.
These are two ways to go about applying for an LLM in the United States. Whichever way you decide to go depends on your preference of course and what you consider most convenient.
Best wishes on your application!
You can visit the official website of LSAC here.
Also, if you need help with applying for your LLM or any other graduate program, click here