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Marquette University Law School offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sports Law for those with non-U.S. law degrees. The LL.M. program makes Marquette's Sports Law curriculum available to lawyers who have earned a law degree from an accredited foreign law school. It enables foreign lawyers to earn a specialized post-graduate law degree in sports law that also develops knowledge and skills with general application outside the sports industry.
Marquette University Law School currently does not offer this program for graduates of U.S. law schools.
The LL.M. degree requires students to complete a minimum of 22 credit hours, including a major research paper on an international or comparative sports law topic, during a nine-month period of academic residence at Marquette University Law School, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. The Law School does not offer distance-learning or online courses.
An applicant seeking admission as an LL.M. student will be eligible to enroll at Marquette Law School if he/she:
- Holds bachelor of laws degree (LL.B.) or comparable first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school, college or university that is approved or licensed by the appropriate government entity or accreditation body in the country or region where the institution is located.
- Presents proof of English-language proficiency if the LL.B. was earned in a country where English is not the primary language and/or English was not the primary language of instruction for the candidate's previous legal education.
The examination that the Law School’s Admissions Committee accepts as proof of English-language proficiency is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Law School does not accept any other English-language proficiency examinations (e.g., IELTS).
A TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL, or of 250 or higher on the electronic TOEFL, or of 100 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is considered competitive for applicants to the program.
Please understand the Marquette Law School does not offer conditional admission to the program. A candidate that cannot meet or exceed the TOEFL scores indicated above cannot be offered admission to the program.
- Presents proof of financial support to pay for tuition and other expenses for one academic year of graduate law study from mid-August to mid-May at Marquette University. Marquette University does not offer or provide financial aid of any kind to students enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Admission to the LL.M. program in Sports Law is selective and will be based primarily on previous performance in legal studies, although professional accomplishments, publications, and other factors will be given significant weight. No rigid requirements for grades or class rankings will be used, but the Admissions Committee expects that successful candidates will have strong academic records and substantial professional and/or scholarly achievements, especially in the area of Sports Law and related fields.
The priority deadline to apply for fall admission is March 1, although applications will be accepted and processed after that date. Because of the potential complications inherent in the student visa process, it is in each candidate's best interest to apply as early as possible.
We strongly suggest that an applicant print a copy of his/her application and keep copies of all documents submitted with the application. Once submitted, all materials relating to admission or the Law School application become property of Marquette University Law School. We cannot return or give a candidate copies of any part of the application, transcripts, translations, letters of recommendation, or supporting material. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:
- Candidates for admission must use the online application. Please be sure to use the application for LL.M. admission.
- In addition to answering all questions on the application form, candidates will be prompted to append a resume or curriculum vitae and a personal statement to the electronic application form. Both the curriculum vitae (and resume) and the personal statement must be written in English.
- Applicants for admission must present official transcripts of previous legal studies. All candidates must use the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). LSAC collects, authenticates, and processes all transcripts, and forwards them directly to Marquette University Law School, along with the candidate's TOEFL score(s) (if applicable). LSAC charges each applicant a U.S. $220 fee for the use of this service, plus a fee of U.S. $30 per credential report. All applicants to the LL.M. in Sports Law program must utilize the Credential Assembly Service for the submission of transcripts, TOEFL score reports and related documents. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
For more information on the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service for International Applicants and instructions on how to register, please see the website of the Law School Admission Council.
- Candidates will be required to present proof of English-language proficiency in the form of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report if the first degree in law (LL.B.) was earned in a country where English is not the primary language and/or English was not the primary language of instruction for the candidate's previous legal education. The Law School does not accept any other English-language proficiency examinations (e.g., IELTS).
One may obtain TOEFL information from the TOEFL Program Office of ETS, P.O. Box 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155, U.S.A. (Web: www.TOEFL.org) We also recommend that international applicants from non-English speaking countries take the TWE (Test of Written English). TOEFL score reports may not be submitted to Marquette University Law School. TOEFL score reports are to be submitted to the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. The institutional code for this purpose is 8395.
- Applicants are encouraged to have an individual that knows the candidate and his/her academic and/or professional work well submit one letter of recommendation in support of the candidate's application for admission. The letter of recommendation must be written in English. A letter of recommendation is not required to complete an application for LL.M. admission, but the submission of a letter of recommendation is encouraged.
Letters of recommendation may only be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation service, which serves applicants and member law schools and is a part of the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.
LL.M. students must present proof of financial support to pay for tuition and other expenses for one academic year of graduate law study from mid-August to mid-May at Marquette University. Marquette University does not offer or provide financial aid of any kind to students enrolled in the LL.M. program.
STATE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION DISCLOSURE
Marquette University Law School’s LL.M. program in Sports Law for foreign lawyers does not satisfy the educational requirements to be licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin by Diploma Privilege, nor does it satisfy the educational requirements to take the Wisconsin Bar Examination.
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