Application to Vermont Law School's three LLM programs is open to any person who has completed a Juris Doctor (JD) 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

The information on this page is related to admissions to our on-campus LLM degree program. If you are interested in pursuing this degree program online, see Online Degrees.

Duration And Start options

Full-time LLM students typically complete the program in 12 months but students have up to five years to obtain their degree. The program can be started in either the summer or fall semester.

 

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 Master's 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 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

Credits received at other institutions transfer at the discretion of the VLS Registrar.  See Transfer Students for more information.

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
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.

Students 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 R​equirements

Check-List of Materials

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 (USD) application fee
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Essays as described below
  • Legal writing sample
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • OPTIONAL OR UPON REQUEST: Official LSAT Score

Completed Application Form

The LLM application is available in several formats. You can apply via LSAC (preferred) or mail your application using the PDF file.

Campus Degree ProgramsOnline Degree Programs
Proceed to the LSAC LLM Web Application Proceed to the VLS Web Application
Download the LLM Application as a PDF Download the LLM Application as a PDF

Application Fee

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

Required Essays

  • 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?
  • How have you tried to effect change in relation to an issue of personal, local, or national significance?

Optional Essay

  • 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.

​​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
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068