Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

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Application Process


  • A completed online application available at www.luc.edu/gpem (Please note: There is no fee with submission of the online application; however, there is a $50 non-refundable fee for the submission of paper applications.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work. Transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor’s degree and a primary law degree (e.g., JD or LLB).
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A 1 - 2 page statement of purpose
  • A resume outlining your work experience, education, professional or academic achievements, or any information you believe is relevant for your application
  • A personal interview may be required.

For the most up-to-date application requirements, please visit www.luc.edu/llm.


Either an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants. This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year bachelor’s, or a master’s degree program in the U.S. For those holding a non-U.S. bachelor's degree, applicants wishing to apply for a waiver must submit U.S. transcripts that show that they have also earned a U.S. master's degree. The language test is also waived for those who are from, or who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a recognized institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, at which the language of instruction is English.
International applicants or U.S. residents who completed school abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for evaluation of credentials. The general evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.


LLM students typically begin their study in the fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year prior to the beginning of the fall term.  Students are encouraged to apply early as applications are reviewed and decided as they are received. Application deadlines vary and are subject to change. Please check www.luc.edu/llm for the most up-to-date information.


LLM students are eligible for financial assistance in the form of loans. For additional information about financial aid for US citizens and permanent residents, please visit Loyola’s financial aid website at www.LUC.edu/finaid and consult Your Guide to Financing a Loyola Graduate Education, available at Loyola Graduate Education (PDF). If you are interested in being considered for government financial assistance, please refer to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have questions about financial assistance or the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance by calling 773-508-7704 or sending an e-mail to lufinanaid@luc.edu.

LLM Fellowship: Each year the Civitas ChildLaw Center awards a fellowship totaling up to 25% of tuition to a full-time incoming LLM student. In exchange for graduate fellowship support, LLM Fellows may be asked to serve as unpaid research or teaching assistants, contribute to the Center’s monthly newsletter, assist in conference and event planning, and/or perform administrative tasks. Fellowship applicants must apply and be accepted into the LLM in Child and Family Law degree program before a fellowship application will be reviewed. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and short writing sample no later than August 1 to: LLM Fellowship Committee, Civitas ChildLaw Center, 25 E. Pearson, 11th Fl., Chicago, IL 60611 or e-mail the application to childlaw-center@LUC.edu/