Usd Llm Application Essays

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

 


Official high school transcript


Official SAT or ACT scores

In addition to the mandatory test sections, you are required to submit scores from either the SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


Academic Letter of Recommendation

At least one academic letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or a teacher who has taught you in an academic class.


Application fee of $55.00

Fee waivers are available in cases of financial hardship. Requests must come from a school official and be printed on school letterhead or by submitting the College Board fee waiver form.

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


Official college transcript(s) from all the institutions you have attended

Transferring College Credits


Official final high school transcript or proof of high school completion or equivalency


Academic Letter of Recommendation

At least one academic letter of recommendation from your college advisor or college instructor.


Transfer College Report

Download the Transfer College Report (PDF) or from your Common Application account.


Transfer Midterm Report

Download the Transfer Midterm Report (PDF) or from your Common Application account.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


Application Fee of $55.00

Fee waivers are available in cases of financial hardship.


More information for Transfer Applicants

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


Official high school transcript(s)

Transcripts must be translated into English, if necessary. This includes annual grades of each high school year. You will also need to submit any national exam results such as GCSE, A-levels or Abitur.


Official TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

Please review the English Proficiency section to see if you are eligible to have this requirement waived.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


At least one academic letter of recommendation


Application Fee of $55.00


To be considered for a merit scholarship, you must also submit:

  • Official SAT + Essay
    or
  • Official ACT + Writing Test

More information for International Applicants

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


Official course-by-course evaluation of any foreign college/post-secondary transcripts

Your application will be considered incomplete if your transcripts are not translated into English. The translation agency must be a member of NACES, such as: World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or International Education Research Foundation (IERF).


Official final high school transcript or proof of high school completion or equivalency


Official TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

Please review the English Proficiency section to see if you are eligible to have this requirement waived.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


At least one academic letter of recommendation


Application Fee of $55.00


If you have attended an English Language Program, you must submit one letter of recommendation from the program instructor along with your transcript/grade progress report from the program.

If you have had a gap in education, please provide a statement explaining what you have been doing since you were last enrolled in school.


More information for International Applicants

If you are an undocumented student, please begin the application process by reviewing our Undocumented Applicants webpage, available via the button below. Ultimately, you will follow the same application requirements outlined for first-year or transfer applicants, depending on which best applies to you; however, the aforementioned webpage will provide additional helpful information specific to your situation.

More Information for Undocumented Applicants

Vermont Law School offers LLM in Environmental Law, LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law degrees. Applications to Vermont Law School's​ LLM programs is open to any person who has completed a Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited institution or the international first law degree equivalent. ​

Opportunities and Options

If you have any questions about the following, please contact the Admissions team via the information at the bottom of this page.

Online/Distance Learning Opportunities

Several of our LLM degree programs can be completed in whole or in part online. Application requirements are identical for online applicants. For more information, see Online Degrees.

Duration And Start options

Full-time LLM students typically complete these 30-credit program in 12 months or online in 18 months. Students can take courses on a part-time basis and have up to five years to obtain their degree. The residential program can be started in either the Summer or Fall semesters.

Joint DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in pursuing a joint degree, see How to Apply to Joint Degree Programs for more information. Please note that admission to a LLM program does not ensure admission to a joint degree program.

DUAL DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in pursuing a dual degree, please refer to the program descriptions and application information specific to each of the dual degree programs. Please note that admission to an LLM program does not ensure admission to a dual degree program.

Transfer Credits

A student enrolled in the LLM program may be granted credit for courses satisfactorily completed in an LLM program at an ABA-approved law school or at the graduate level of a comparable international academic institution. A student may transfer a maximum of 6 such credits to the LLM program with the approval of the Director or the Director's designee.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that will be considered in the application review are:

  • GPA from undergraduate, graduate, and law schools
  • Successful work history
  • Essays as described below
  • Legal writing sample, in English
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools attended. Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, application deadlines, and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

Check-List of Materials

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 (USD) application fee
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Essays as described below
  • Legal writing sample, in English
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • OPTIONAL OR UPON REQUEST: Official LSAT Score
  • All applicants whose native language is not English and have not lived or studied in an English-speaking country for at least two years must submit TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores

Completed Application Form

Applicants to the VLS LLM programs have two options to submit an application.

  • Preferred Method: Submit your application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
  • Other Method: Submit your application through the VLS Web Application

Please speak with an Admissions Counselor if you require assistance in choosing which method is best for your situation.

Application Fee

Vermont Law School has an application fee of $60.00(USD).

Required Essay

  • Describe the goals that are motivating you to pursue a Law/Master's or LLM degree. How do you think the skills and experience you will gain at Vermont Law School will help you achieve these goals?

Optional EssayS

  • Give a realistic appraisal of your academic work since graduation from high school. Please note any inconsistencies in your record and the reasons for them.
  • How have you tried to effect change in relation to an issue of personal, local, or national significance?

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  • It is preferred that one letter of recommendation be academic in nature. If an applicant has been out of school for a number of years, two professional letters will be accepted.
  • Applicants applying via LSAC should follow LSAC instructions for submitting letters of recommendations.
  • Applicants applying via the VLS web application should advise recommenders to email their recommendations to admiss@vermontlaw.edu or send directly to the admissions office. Letters received directly from applicants will not be accepted.

International Applicants

If you are currently enrolled at an institution which has an established International Dual Degree partnership with VLS, please work through your home-institution's processes in order to apply for an opportunity to learn at VLS. For individuals outside of the United States who are not currently enrolled at another institution, or who are enrolled at an institution that VLS does not have a formal partnership with, please note the following additional application requirements:

INTERNATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATION REQUIREMENT

  • All international transcripts must be evaluated by an official evaluation agency. Recommended evaluation agencies include Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE.org) and World Education Services (WES.org).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required of all students for whom English is not the primary language spoken. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. or at an English-speaking institution for more than two years may be waived from this requirement.
    • TOEFL minimum score: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, 100 Internet-based
    • IELTS minimum score: 6.5
    • PTE minimum score: 68

APPLICANT NOTIFICATION

Vermont Law School reviews applications on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee reviews all complete applications and applicants are notified promptly of the admission decision. Vermont Law School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

Acceptance of offer for admissions

An applicant offered admission must make a total non-refundable tuition deposit of $750 by the deposit deadlines indicated in the offer of admission in order to secure a place in the incoming class. The deposit will be applied in full toward the student's tuition upon enrollment.


Contact Us

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about admissions or programs.

Toll free: 888-277-5985
Phone: 802-831-1239
Email: admiss@vermontlaw.edu

Please submit all physical application materials to:

Vermont Law School Office of Admissions
164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

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