LLM & SJD Admissions

LLM Admission and Scholarships

LLM applicants should have an undergraduate law degree. Students with degrees in other subjects - such a business, science or engineering – can be admitted to our LLM degree programs in International Business Law or Intellectual Property Law.

Conditional admission is offered to students whose academic credentials are strong, but who need more time to improve their English. Students can improve their English at ELS Cleveland, located on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Graduation from ELS is accepted in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Fall Admission with the requirement to attend Summer Language and Law Institute
TOEFL 70-79
Graduation from ELS Level 109

Fall Admission
TOEFL 80 and above
IELTS 6.5 and above
Graduation from ELS Level 110

Spring Admission
TOEFL 80 and above
IELTS 6.5 and above
Graduation from ELS Level 110

Merit scholarships are available to LLM students who have TOEFL and IELTS scores of at least 90 or 6.5 or who graduated from ELS 112. Students who add geographic diversity to the enrolling LLM class can qualify for more generous scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the application for admission.

SJD Admission and Scholarships

SJD applicants should have an undergraduate law degree and an LLM degree from an accredited law school in the USA. SJD applicants do not need to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS; they should submit the scores they used to gain LLM admission.

Enrollment of SJD students is limited. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students applying for fall semester should submit their applications and thesis proposals by January 1 in order to have the best chance of admission.

The Office of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies will match SJD applicants with law faculty who have similar research interests and who are available to mentor SJD students. Admitted SJD students are assigned a faculty mentor in their letters of admission.

SJD students pay full tuition for the first year. Self-funded students are eligible for significant scholarships for their second year, and they pay on a per-credit basis after four semesters.

Admission Inquiries and Applications

Ms. Elizabeth H. Woyczynski
Administrative Director of Admissions and Student Services
Office of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
216-368- 2083 | exh@case.edu
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