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LLM In American Legal Studies Application Information

Exclusively for foreign attorneys, Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s LLM in American Legal Studies offers the opportunity to study American law and specialize in a variety of law concentrations. Students are immersed in practice skills oriented classes and work directly with faculty advisors to plan and tailor their law school program of study. The law school is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and provides the ideal sanctuary to study law.
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Candidates must hold a degree in law from an accredited school that is equivalent to a first degree in law in the United States.

Application Process

TJSL admits LLM students in the Spring and Fall terms each year. The deadline to submit an application accompanied by the required documents for each term is listed below. Incomplete applications and applications received after the term deadline may not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. If admitted, a non-refundable seat deposit is required to enroll.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring Term

Deadline: November 1 (late applications may be accepted depending on enrollment and visa status)

Term Begins: First Week In January

Fall Term

Fall Deadline: June 1 (late applications may be accepted depending on enrollment and visa) 

Term Begins: First Week In August

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Ready to get started? Complete your application now. There is no application fee to apply.

Application Checklist

  1. Application Form
  2. Statement of Interest 
  3. Resume / CV
  4. One Letter of Recommendation
  5. Evaluated Law School Transcript: transcripts must be translated to English and evaluated for U.S. grade equivalency. Evaluated transcripts accepted from:

Prepare for the Bar Exam

Students earning an LLM in American Legal Studies at Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s San Diego, California campus may be able to take the bar exam in California. In addition to helping you prepare for the bar exam, many of these courses provide a strong foundation of knowledge for the practice of law in the United States.

Students must plan their program of study carefully to ensure eligibility to take the bar exam.

Please contact Professor Steven Semeraro at before matriculating at Thomas Jefferson School of Law to discuss your bar eligibility interests and plan a program of study.

Additional information about bar exam eligibility can be found in The National Conference of Bar Examiners Bar Admission Guide.

Information for International Students Requiring an F-1 VISA

You can submit an initial I-20 request only after you have been admitted to a program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Learn more about applying for an I-20 / F-1 VISA.

“I had a great experience being an LLM student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Highly qualified professors. contemporary, well equipped classrooms, great library – all the resources were there for me. The most valuable part, however, was that I had an opportunity to study with American students, rather than taking special classes for foreigners. That experience accelerated my studies, and my professors helped me prepare for real life and real work, build confidence, and subsequently to get my job.”

Sofia Malysheva,

“Immersing myself in the LLM program has been the most challenging experience of my life, and my first time to the USA. It truly was a great opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge through the teaching of such great professors. The professors of Thomas Jefferson School of Law are committed to their students and their success. Also, I had the chance to study alongside an incredibly diverse student body that comes from very different backgrounds. The most valuable of this experience was acquiring a practical understanding of the American legal system and learning a great amount of English legal vocabulary.”

Marion Piazza,

“This experience was the best one I ever had! Being able to learn about the American legal system while being surrounded by Americans from different states and learning the differences and similarities between them was very interesting. The faculty, the professors, and the many resources available made this experience even more enjoyable by showing that they are always here to help you anytime you need. I would definitely encourage anyone who is hesitating to take the plunge and use this amazing opportunity to travel, meet new people, and learn about another legal system.”

Mariam Kada,

“What I like most at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is the highly professional and challenging atmosphere. From the very beginning I received the guidance on everything I needed: from the application process to course selection, and work load. Then, as an LLM student, I had the chance to learn from the best. Remarkable scholars and highly respected practitioners, the professors were very demanding, still willing to help me gain a deep understanding of the various aspects of the American Legal System. Every week the school hosts conferences and networking events, providing students with every resource needed to become competitive practitioners in the U.S or abroad. Last but not least, Thomas Jefferson School of Law really embraces diversity, thus studying together with students of different nationalities and coming from various backgrounds was a truly enriching experience.”

Luciana Simion,

“My professors really gave me a lot of their time and made an incredible effort to make my classes understandable. They made me feel comfortable with my language in class, even though English is not my first language.”

Linnet Mariscal,

“I am extremely impressed with the quality of the LL.M. program at TJSL. The faculty and staff are truly interested in the success of their students and are very approachable. The Professors are not only highly knowledgeable in their respective legal field, but also have excellent pedagogic skills, which makes a huge difference on the learning curve. Being able to study in an astonishing facility, with state-of-the-art classrooms, amongst American students, at the amazing city of San Diego makes this experience unique and very enjoyable. Highly recommendable to any lawyer looking to understand and deepen their knowledge of the interesting American Legal System.”

Luiz Mattos,

“As a European student this dive into the American law universe is extremely rewarding. Unlike other LLM programs that can separate LLM students from other US students, Thomas Jefferson School of Law allows you to participate in all classes alongside other students at the law school. If you like the challenge and the work does not scare you, this experience can only be beneficial for you.”

Stephane Huhuet,

“For me it is an honor to be part of the TJSL community, now as an alumna. I have learned much more than I could have imagined when I started 2 years ago. What a wonderful opportunity!”

Daniela Benes Hirschfield,

“Thank you for the wonderful and interesting classes and the support shown to me from my first day at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have learned at this school. The entire staff is very friendly, positive, and amazing, and I hope to see everyone again soon. Thanks again very much.”

Tamta Tsintsadze,