Frequently Asked Questions
Can I attend the LL.M. LOTUS program part-time?
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or those students whose visa status permits, may be admitted to the LL.M. LOTUS (Law of the United States) program on a part-time basis. Part-time students must complete the LL.M. LOTUS program within two years of enrollment. Candidates for admission are advised that the part-time program is not an evening program -- classes are conducted during the day and thus may preclude or limit employment. Full-time students are enrolled in 13-16 credits per semester.
I have a master's degree. Can I attend the LL.M. LOTUS program?
The LL.M. LOTUS program is specifically designed for foreign lawyers who have already earned a law degree (such as an LL.B.) outside the United States. Other graduate degrees, including Ph.D.s in areas such as history, philosophy and economics, do not confer eligibility to take a bar exam. Students with non-law degrees who wish to learn to practice law in the United States should consider applying to the School of Law's J.D. program.
Do you offer conditional admission to the LL.M. LOTUS program?
Yes. We offer conditional admission if we are unsure if your proficiency in English meets our usual admissions standards. If you are awarded conditional admission, you have until Aug. 1 to provide proof of proficiency in English -- you can retake TOEFL/IELTS, provide transcripts that show you have taken an English course in an English-speaking country and/or you can be interviewed by the faculty director of the LL.M. program. If you do not provide proof of English-language proficiency, your admission will be deferred until the following academic year.
Can I download the application from your website?
Yes. However, when possible, all applications should be submitted online via LSAC. If you are unable to apply online, you may request a paper application by emailing us or downloading the application on our website.
What are your English-language testing requirements?
The English-language test scores that may establish English proficiency are:
- TOEFL Paper-based exam 550
- TOEFL Computer-based 213
- TOEFL Internet-based 85
- IELTS 6.5
What is your school code for reporting my TOEFL score?The School of Law code is 5810.
I speak and write English fluently. Is a waiver of English-language testing possible?
Yes. You must be able to successfully perform master's-level course work in English. A written request for a waiver of an English-language proficiency test score will be considered if the applicant has earned a university degree in an English-medium institution or has other substantial experience that demonstrates proficiency in the English language.
What is a 'Statement of Purpose'?
In a Statement of Purpose, an applicant describes why he or she wants to pursue an LL.M. in the Law of the United States. The statement should describe the student's short- and long-term goals. The student may also discuss the experience and perspectives that he or she would share in the classroom.
From whom should I seek letters of recommendation?
Recommendations should be from people who know your academic and/or professional work. Recommendation letters should address your background, credentials and ability to pursue master's-level study and should include a description of how the LL.M. LOTUS program might benefit you. You should not seek recommendations from relatives.
Are graduates of the LL.M. LOTUS program eligible to take a bar examination in the United States?
Several states permit international LL.M. graduates to take their bar examination, including Maryland, New York and California, as well as the District of Columbia. Many of the states that permit foreign lawyers to sit for a bar examination have additional requirements that may preclude an LL.M. graduate from taking the bar. We recommend that international students interested in a bar examination contact the Board of Law Examiners of the state in which they wish to take the bar to check their eligibility. Detailed information about admission can be found at the American Bar Association website. (Also see the link on the U.S. Practice page to the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.)
The curriculum of our U.S. Practice track is designed to help students learn broad areas of law often covered by state bar examinations. Students must further prepare for a particular state's examination. U.S. students often take a bar review course for the particular state before sitting for the exam. Some LL.M. LOTUS students have successfully taken bar examinations in New York, the District of Columbia and New Hampshire. The state of Maryland now permits graduates of a Maryland LL.M. program to take its bar examination.
Do you offer scholarships for the LL.M. LOTUS program?
Scholarships are not available to LL.M. applicants.
Students may seek scholarship and grant opportunities through their governments, their employers, the U.S. government and private foundations in the United States and abroad. The U.S. Department of State supports educational advising offices around the world. The advisers provide information about financing studies in the United States, as well as about other aspects of studying here. The educational advising office nearest you can be located at www.educationusa.state.gov.
LL.M. LOTUS welcomes Muskie Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Further resources for scholarships can be found at LL.M. Roadmap, LL.M. Guide and the International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search.
* The University of Baltimore School of Law declares no affiliation, sponsorship or partnership with these funding resources.
Some U.S.-resident students may qualify for income-based funding, such as student loans or work-study programs. Our financial aid office can assist you upon admission to the LL.M. LOTUS program..
Do you provide housing to LL.M. LOTUS students?
Housing costs are not included in the tuition figure for the LL.M. LOTUS program. Most students live near our urban campus in private apartments.
What does tuition cost? What about expenses?
The University of Baltimore Bursar's Office provides information about current tuition and fees. Please note that tuition for the LL.M. LOTUS program is $12,500 per semester for full-time students. Part-time students pay by credit hour. In addition, the university's Office of Financial Aid can provide current estimated costs of attendance.
Financing your legal education begins before you step into a classroom and continues after you graduate. Before entering law school, you should have enough money to cover tuition and the expenses of moving into an apartment: security deposit, first two months' rent, utilities, food and insurance (health, car, renter's). Students also should have sufficient credit to cover books, a few weeks' worth of groceries and other expenses.