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LLM/SJD Student Spotlight

Rong-geng Tsai, LLM/SJD’08

Rong-geng Tsai LLM/ SJD’08

Home Country: Taiwan

“Indiana Law has lots of excellent alumni in Taiwan. Their great performance is the best publicity for IU. Law School professors and staff visited many times, and that made IU more well-known in Taiwan. If I have the chance, without any hesitation, I would recommend that my friends or students come here for advanced study and to experience a different culture.”

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Apply to the LLM, MCL, or SJD Program

Application Priority Dates

For each future Fall semester, we begin accepting new applications to all graduate programs on October 1st. The application process may have changed, so please be sure to follow the most up-to-date procedures as outlined below.

Applicants to the LLM and MCL programs: Though applications will be considered until the class is full, it is recommended that you apply no later than March 1. All applications received by February 1 will be automatically be considered for scholarships. Applications received after February 1 will be considered for scholarships if funds are still available.

Applicants to the SJD program: Preference will be given to complete SJD applications received by the priority date of February 1. All SJD applications should be received by the final deadline of March 1.

Admission Requirements

Education: LLM and MCL applicants who received their undergraduate education outside the United States are generally required to have completed a degree in law or a strong undergraduate concentration in legal coursework.

Our SJD program is for international law graduates who already hold an LLM degree and who have demonstrated exceptional analytical and research abilities. For all programs, an applicant's educational history should demonstrate exceptional performance, based on factors such as courses completed, GPA, class rank, and other indicators.

English Proficiency: An LLM or MCL candidate for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English via a TOEFL score of 87 IBT, IELTS score of at least 7.0, TOEIC score of at least 850, or equivalent TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC scores in other formats. An English proficiency score which is slightly lower than our minimum requirement is not rejected outright, especially when other factors, such as educational background and work experience, are outstanding. We do not offer conditional admission in place of the above mentioned test score requirements, but we do have a special LLM and MCL summer program for English and legal English improvement.

SJD applicants, even with US LLM degrees, must demonstrate fluency in English via a TOEFL score of 100 IBT or an IELTS score of at least 7.5.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting LLM, MCL, and SJD applications submitted using the  LSAC Online Application.

Applying via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website is intended to enable the fastest possible processing of your admission file. A majority of the top US law schools are using the LSAC system. If you encounter problems during the application process, or feel that you are unable to apply using this method, please contact our office for assistance or alternative application instructions.

Applicants provide their information only once and arrange to have official academic records, test scores and letters of recommendation sent directly to LSAC only once, making all information and documents available to each participating school to which they apply. If you would like to know more, review the full description of LSAC services.

If you do not yet have an LSAC LLM account: After reading all of the application details on this page, you should register for a new LSAC applicant account in order to start the application process.

If you have an existing LSAC LLM account: Simply log in to your current account in order to apply to the Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law.

After you have completed your application via the LSAC service, you will be able to check the status of your application online.

Please review the checklist below before and after applying.

Application Checklist

Incomplete applications cannot be processed; be sure to complete the application checklist below. If you experience problems or need any assistance during any stage of the application process, we are here to assist you.

LSAC Online Application

[  ] Submit application via LSAC

[  ] $70 application fee
- Via credit card at LSAC.org

[  ] LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
- Document Assembly Service $75
- Transcript Evaluation Service $125
Note: Some applicants have reported that their non-US university will not directly mail transcripts to LSAC, as is required. If you have sealed envelopes containing official transcripts, LSAC will accept these as official (even if mailed to LSAC by you). They strongly prefer to receive transcripts directly from your university when possible.

[  ] Statement of purpose
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Must be uploaded during the online application process

[  ] Academic records
- Official original language and English translations of transcripts must be sent to the LSAC address below.

[  ] Resume
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Should be uploaded during the online application process

[  ] Letters of Recommendation
- Must be requested and submitted through LSAC’s Letters of Recommendation Service

[  ] Official TOEFL or IELTS score report
- Should be sent to LSAC's institution code: 8395
- TOEIC
scores are also accepted and may be sent to us via email (lgradapp@indiana.edu)

[  ] Financial Documentation Worksheet (required AFTER admission)
- Financial documentation is only required of admitted applicants, and is not a factor in admissions decisions. To avoid delays in receiving the supporting documents for your visa (I-20 or DS-2019), we recommend that you submit the financial documentation immediately after you are admitted.

Upon admission, you will recieve a link to a private admitted student page containing further details.

 

LSAC Mailing address:
LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
PO BOX 8511
Newtown, PA 18940-8511

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