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Post-JD LL.M. Admissions
The LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is open to lawyers who have received a JD or equivalent law degree and have an interest in international development, governance and law reform in transitional states. Preference is given to applicants with at least two years of professional experience in the international, nonprofit or public sector. Bar admission is not required but preferred.
The post-JD class is limited to no more than five students per year. Admissions decisions are on a rolling basis.
Applicants are requested to submit a completed application form, personal statement about their interest, background and qualifications for the program, and two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s interest in and aptitude for international development and law reform practice. The application process will include an interview with LL.M. faculty or staff, either in person or via electronic media.
Admissions decisions are usually made within one to two weeks of the completion of the application process.
Legibly print or type complete and accurate answers to all questions in the application form. Some questions may require further explanation on a separate page. Return the signed and dated application by mail. Alternatively, you may scan and email it to us as an attachment, with the original to follow by mail.
A 300-word Essay
Describe your interest in public service, rule of law and democratic governance. This statement should describe your career interests and goals form working in fields of development of law reform upon the completion of the LL.M.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Use our Recommendation Form or submit a general letters of recommendation. Letters should describe the applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and overall qualifications for the program. Letters may be submitted directly to the LL.M. offices or by the applicant with other application materials
Law School and Undergraduate Transcripts
Please send official or unofficial copies of any transcrips from institutions of higher education you've attended. If admitted and enrolled, official copies will be required.
Copy of Attorney License
If applicable, submit a copy of your attorney license, bar admission certificate or other document certifying that you have been admitted to the practice of law are an attorney in good standing.
Resume or CV
Please include with your application materials an updated Résumé or CV, which includes all professional experience and academic credentials.