Graduate Program Admissions

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s LL.M. programs are globally focused and on the cutting-edge academically. All three LL.M. programs have received ABA acquiescence.


TJSL offers three LL.M. (Master of Laws) programs, two of which give students expertise in important areas of international law, and one of which will make foreign students eligible to obtain a U.S. law degree.


The Thomas Jefferson faculty has many noted international legal scholars who have contributed renowned and groundbreaking work in their fields of expertise and the law school has made a commitment to expand the horizons of its curriculum to embrace the globalization of the world’s legal community.



Online Programs


Executive/Corporate Online Courses

Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers Continuing Education for business professionals. Candidates who successfully complete courses offered will qualify for certifications by ADIT and/or AAFM. Our highly-qualified, experienced instructors use state-of-the-art technology to deliver practice-oriented classes and case studies structured to provide program participants with the knowledge they need for successful careers in the international legal and/or business sectors.


LL.M. Online

The Master of Law (LL.M.) program is a one-year degree program for candidates who have already earned a J.D. degree. It includes students from around the globe who are interested in the International Tax and Financial Services industry.


J.S.M. Online

The Master of Science of Law (J.S.M.) will provide candidates with the knowledge necessary to advance in the International Tax & Financial Services industry.  The comprehensive curriculum is designed to equip its graduates with the skills needed to compete in today’s global marketplace and is specifically crafted for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of legal studies.


J.S.D. Online

The Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) program is Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s most advanced law degree.  It is designed for legal academics who wish to pursue sustained independent study, research and writing.



Residential Programs


LL.M. in American Legal Studies

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in American Legal Studies is a one-year degree program for candidates seeking a U.S. law degree. It is designed for attorneys, judges, government officials, prosecutors, corporate legal counsel, bankers, and recent law graduates who have received their basic law degree outside the United States. These LL.M. students will be introduced to the U.S. legal system and, with advice from our faculty advisors and staff, they will be allowed to choose their own course of study from the extensive law course offerings at TJSL.


LL.M. in International Trade & Investment

The LL.M. in International Trade & Investment allows LL.M. candidates to take advantage of Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s growing international law curriculum and world-class faculty. This LL.M. in International Trade & Investment can serve candidates with either a foreign or U.S. law degree.



Important Information for International Students

Admissions Requirements for LL.M. in International Trade & Investment and American Legal Studies


Thomas Jefferson does not provide conditional admission to its programs. In order to apply to the program LL.M., you must complete and submit the following information:

  1. An application
    1. Please complete and submit an LLM application.
    2. Deadlines
      1. Fall Admission – August start
        • Must submit application by June 1st
      2. Spring Admission – January start
        • Must submit application by November 1st
  2. Application Fee - $50
  3. An official and English translated and evaluated copy of your transcripts. – Students are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC - or the World Education Services (WES - You must have your transcripts evaluated and sent to us. In most instances, to have your transcripts evaluated may take up to 5 weeks.


    NOTE – you must have your transcript sent to an outside evaluation company who will not only translate your transcript to English (if necessary), but will also evaluate the degree and grade equivalency to the US grading system. Transcripts not formally evaluated by an outside company will not be accepted.

  4. A resume.
  5. A personal statement / statement of interest. The statement should be generally 2-3 pages double spaced.
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  7. LSAT – An LSAT score is not required for the LLM program.
  8. Interview – All students will be required to interview. Interviews may be done in person or via Skype.
  9. International Students
    1. TOEFL score - Average test scores:
      1. 92 (internet based);
      2. 240 (computer based);
      3. 590 (paper based)
    2. IETLS score – Average test scores:
      1. (6.5) Reading
      2. (6.5) Writing
      3. (6.0) Listening
      4. (6.0) Speaking


      NOTE – if you received your college / university degree from a foreign school, you are required to submit a TOEFL, regardless of citizenship or residency, unless you seek permission to waive the requirement. To waive the requirement, you must request a telephone or SKYPE ( meeting with an admissions counselor.

Applicants applying to either the LL.M. program in International Trade and Investment or American Legal Studies should submit all application documents to the following:


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

c/o Michelle Allison – Residential LL.M.

1155 Island Avenue

San Diego, CA