My LL.M. experience at UVA was like belonging to the U.N. General Assembly; the vibrant mix of students from various countries of the world certainly mimicked the U.N. One of the greatest assets of the LL.M. program at UVA is that it allows LL.M.s to take classes with the regular J.D. students. This helps international students learn about the American legal system by being a part of it rather than just being a fence sitter. The seminar courses offered do an excellent job of giving a taste of the “real deal,” something I never experienced in the law school of my home country. Apart from academics, UVA also offers amazing recreational opportunities. Be it kickboxing, Pilates, salsa dancing or hiking, you can do it all! It has truly been a joyride. More

LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) offers a credential assembly service for LL.M. program applicants. Virginia Law is strongly recommending, but not requiring, that international applicants to our LL.M. or S.J.D. program utilize LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (

This service could save you time and money, especially if you intend to apply to multiple U.S. or Canadian graduate law degree programs. You will only need to obtain your transcripts and other required academic credentials one time in order to make them available for all of your law school applications. LSAC will compile, authenticate, and distribute your university records [and TOEFL score(s)—if required]. Several reports to law schools are included in the registration fee. Additional reports will be distributed at an additional cost. Once you sign up for the service, you may apply to participating U.S. and Canadian law schools for a period of several years. For more information, go to

Note that the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service is separate and distinct from the LSAC electronic application. We require the LSAC electronic application. We recommend but do not require the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.

If you use the LL.M. Credential Assembly service, you must also send directly to Virginia Law your letters of recommendation, the Certification Form you will print out after completing the online LSAC electronic application and the $75 required application fee.

The LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service serves only to authenticate non-U.S. or Canadian academic credentials and to provide TOEFL scores to schools.

The University of Virginia School of Law will not be participating in the Service Fee Reduction Request feature of the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. Therefore, do not submit materials related to a request for a reduction of this LSAC fee to the School of Law.

Lastly, on the above-mentioned LSAC Web site, the School of Law is listed as one of the schools that has minimum degree requirements for certain countries that differ from those listed in the booklet. The School of Law requires that an applicant hold the academic degree regarded as his or her country’s first professional degree in law (equivalent to the U.S.juris doctor degree). From France we require either the Maitrise en Droit or the Magistere de Juriste. From Germany we require the First State Exam in Law. For students who obtained their legal education under the Bologna degree system in Europe, we require both the bachelor and master degrees or their equivalents. From the United Kingdom we will consider an application where the bachelor degree is in a non-law subject if the applicant has also completed the two-year program at a college of law required to qualify as a solicitor if the applicant does not have a first degree in law. Contact the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply to our LL.M. program based on your legal education.

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