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Admission Requirements

Applications cannot be processed until the school receives all of the following materials:

Application Checklist

  • Applicants may apply online through LSAC or directly to us on our website. All required documents listed below can be sent through LSAC using the LLM Credential Assembly Service or directly to us.
  • Applying through LSAC requires a separate registration fee and the use of their credential evaluation services.
  • Applying directly through our website does not require an application fee and allows the use of any credential evaluation service approved by the California State Bar Examiners.

Academic Records

  •  Applicants must provide official transcripts of their legal studies showing the marks earned. Although applicants do not need to be fully licensed attorneys, those who are should provide proof of their licensing with their applications.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should be from a professor, lawyer, or other person who has knowledge of the applicants’ ability. 
  • References may use the recommendation forms provided or may write a letter on professional letterhead. 
  • References may send letters directly to the school electronically (llm-mcl@cwsl.edu). If they prefer, they may provide them in a sealed and signed envelope to the applicant who will submit them with the full application package.

Personal Statement

  • Applicants must write a personal statement describing their previous law study and professional experience, reasons and goals for studying law in the United States, professional plans following graduation, and any other information applicants consider relevant.

Resumé or Curriculum Vitae

Proof of English Proficiency

  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Applicants from non-English speaking countries, or whose native language is not English, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) given by the Education Testing Service.
  • Proof of competency in English may also be demonstrated by evidence of successful study of a significant nature and duration at an institution of higher learning in which English was the primary language of instruction.
  • The ETS TOEFL code number for California Western School of Law is 4802.
  • TOEFL Requirements
    Paper: 575
    Computer: 232
    IBT (internet-based): 90-91
    IELTS equivalent: 6.5

Certification of Adequate Financial Resources

  • For those who require a student visa, please fill out the I-20 information form and submit financial certification to show proof of funding to pay for living expenses and tuition costs.

  • LLM/MCL degree candidates who are permanent U.S. residents or citizens are eligible for financial aid. The law school strongly encourages applicants to investigate sources of financial assistance in their own countries and make timely application for such aid.

Academic Requirements (After enrollment)

The LLM/MCL degree program is designed to meet each student's individual needs. Students are required to take:

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Introduction to US Legal System

The balance of the course credits are electives, chosen from many courses, seminars, and skills classes offered each year at California Western School of Law.

  • Each student must have his/her overall course of study approved by the program's director.
  • Students may also choose to participate in an clinical internship for credit in the legal departments of various corporations, law firms, and non-governmental organizations.

MCL degree candidates must spend two semesters in residence and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 18 units in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, and skills classes.

LLM degree candidates must, in addition to the above requirements, complete a scholarly paper and earn a minimum of 24 credits.