Application & Admission

The deadline to apply for the LL.M. program to start in 2022 has passed.

Applicants are only considered for the tracks to which they apply, and you can apply to one or more tracks. Note that students admitted to one track may not switch to another, and students admitted to the LL.M. traditional track may not switch to the thesis track; if you are interested in both the traditional and thesis tracks you should apply to both.

Applying through LSAC

Berkeley Law requires that applicants submit their application online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. The LSAC is an independent, nonprofit organization that manages admissions for the majority of American law schools. 

If you do not have an LSAC account, you may register for one here. The free basic LSAC account allows you to search for law schools, view application requirements and save a list of schools and programs.

There are two basic steps to applying via LSAC:

    1. Submitting your electronic application form (includes CV, personal statement and application fee), and 
    2. Submitting your supporting documents (transcripts, recommendation letters). 

We recommend that you complete and submit your electronic application form even if your supporting documents are not ready; this enables Berkeley Law to see that you have begun the application process and will create a record for you in our system. Once you have submitted your application form and paid the application fee, you will use LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to submit your supporting documents.


LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS)

LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) consists of three parts: the Electronic Application Service, Document Assembly Service and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.  These simplify the application process by centralizing the submission of application materials. Utilizing the LLM CAS, applicants need only send one set of documents to LSAC, who will assemble and distribute reports to all the participating law schools to which you wish to apply.

In order to access and submit our online application, you must purchase either the Electronic Application Service and Document Assembly Service ($85USD) or the Electronic Application Service, Document Assembly Service, AND International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service ($220USD total). Your Credential Assembly Service account will be active for five years.

We strongly advise applicants to register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service well in advance of the application deadline.  LSAC recommends applicants register at least four to six weeks before their first application deadline.  Although Berkeley Law’s deadline to postmark materials is November 15th for the executive track option A and December 18 for all other tracks, it is recommended to have materials sent as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.

Electronic Application Service

Berkeley Law requires use of the Electronic Application Service ($35USD), which allows you to transmit your application online.

Document Assembly Service

Berkeley Law requires use of the Document Assembly Service ($50USD plus $30 report fee), through which LSAC will collect academic records, letters of recommendation, and English proficiency exam score(s) and distribute them to the law schools of your choice.

International Transcript Authentication & Evaluation Service

The International Transcript Authentication & Evaluation Service ($135USD in addition to the Document Assembly Service and report fee) – use is optional for applicants educated outside the US. This service is highly recommended but not required, and includes authentication and evaluation of transcripts, degrees/diplomas, graduation certificates, and rank statements.


Total Application Fees

 Fee Type Cost  Required or Optional?
 Berkeley Law Application Fee  $80  Required
LSAC LLM CAS Electronic Application Service $35 Required
 LSAC LLM CAS Document Assembly Fee  $50  Required

 LSAC LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication & Evaluation Service

 $135  Optional but recommended
 LSAC LLM CAS Report Fee  $30  Required

If you experience technical difficulties in using LSAC’s online application service, please call the LSAC Help Desk at 215-968-1393 or e-mail LSAC Help Desk hours are listed here.  If you cannot apply online due to extenuating circumstances such as lack of Internet, you may request a paper application form from the Advanced Degree Programs Office.

Please note that LSAC will not forward any supporting documents to Berkeley Law until all of your transcripts are received, as well as authenticated and evaluated if you purchased the International Authentication & Evaluation Service.

Further details about these services may be found on LSAC’s website.

All questions regarding LL.M. programs or the application process should be directed to the Advanced Degree Programs Office.

Watch this video to hear our Director of Admissions help you avoid common application mistakes.

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