How to Apply
Application to the LL.M. program at Dickinson Law is highly selective, and we encourage you to contact Amy C. Gaudion, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International and Graduate Education, to express your interest.
The LL.M. Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on an ongoing basis. Although the Admissions Committee attempts to notify candidates whose files are incomplete, it is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to ensure timely completion of his or her application.
While most students seek to enroll in the fall semester (August), Dickinson Law offers the option of beginning in the spring semester (January). For more information, see the Admissions Timeline.
Instructions on Applying to Dickinson Law through LSAC
- Logon to LSAC. Click here to start your free LSAC registration.
- Click My School List.
- Click School Search in the right hand corner.
- Click the option to search Schools Alphabetically.
- Choose the alphabetical range PQR.
- Select The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law in Carlisle, PA.
- Click the Add button located left to the school name, and then click on the My School List button.
- The Law School should now be listed under My School List — click on The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law.
- Click on the Application Information button and start your application.
Applicants must submit a personal statement (1-2 pages) addressing why the applicant would like to earn the LL.M. degree, and what the applicant hopes to contribute to the LL.M. Program and Law School community at Dickinson Law.
RÉSUMÉ OR CV
Applicants must submit a résumé or CV outlining relevant work experience and education.
Applicants to Dickinson Law's LL.M. Program are required to submit official transcripts from all relevant academic institutions previously attended. Transcripts must include both the original and a certified English translation. Applicants must comply with all LSAC requirements and policies regarding transcripts, and submit their official transcripts and translations with the LSAC form(s) through the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (OR WAIVER REQUEST)
If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant must submit a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants to Dickinson Law generally present TOEFL scores exceeding 88 points (internet-based). More information on the TOEFL test is available here.
Although the TOEFL test is preferred, applicants may submit a score report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™). Applicants to Dickinson Law generally present IELTS overall scores exceeding 6.5 points.
International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an educational institution in a country where English is both the language of instruction and the only official or native language. Countries that qualify an applicant for exemption include Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. Waiver may also be available for applicants who received their degree from an institution where all courses were taught in English. A phone or video interview may be requested to verify language fluency. Please contact us for more information.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (OPTIONAL)
Although not required, applicants may submit a maximum of four letters of recommendation from professors or employers. Letters of recommendation should describe the length of time and nature of the recommender's relationship with the applicant, and specifically address the applicant's aptitude for advanced law study in an English language environment by providing specific examples of the applicant’s qualifications in law study and/or legal practice.
To submit letters of recommendation, use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Applicants must comply with LSAC requirements and policies regarding letters of recommendation, and submit the letters with the LSAC forms to the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.
If there is additional information that an applicant believes will be helpful to the LL.M. Admissions Committee in evaluating the applicant’s academic credentials or work experience, the applicant should electronically attach an addendum to the online LSAC application.