Frequently Asked Questions about the LLM Program


Q.   When should I apply?
A.   All admission application documents must be received by May 15th to be considered for Fall admission. The financial aid priority deadline is March 1st. The deadline for receipt of all application documents for the Spring admission is October 1st.

Q.   How long does the admission process take?
A.   The LL.M. admissions committee will review your file as soon as it complete. An admission decision is generally reached within 2-3 weeks of receipt of all of your application documents.

Q.   Is the LSAT required for admission to the LL.M. Program?
A.   Applicants who received their first law degree (JD) in the U.S. must submit an official LSAT score. International students who received their first law degree outside the U.S. are not required to take the LSAT exam.

Q.   Is the TOEFL required for international applicants?
A.   Yes, applicants who received their first law degree from an institution where the language of instruction was not in English must submit an official TOEFL score report.

Q.   What is the TOEFL score requirement?
A.   The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 250 for the computer based exam, 600 for the paper test, or 100 for the internet based exam.

Q.   What is Suffolk University Law School's TOEFL reporting code?
A.   Suffolk University Law School's institutional TOEFL reporting code is 3771-03.

Q.   How many letters of recommendation are required?
A.   Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should be from an academic source.

Q.   Is financial aid available to LL.M. students?
A.   Yes. Applicants must submit a completed FAFSA application to the law school financial aid office.

Q.   What type of financial aid is available?
A.   The law school financial aid office administers federal student loans. Private loans and partial tuition scholarships may also be available to qualified LL.M. students who are not eligible for federal loans.

Q.   When should I apply for financial aid?
A.   Eligible applicants should submit a FAFSA and should not wait to be accepted to the program to apply for financial aid.

Q.   What are the law school facilities like?
A.   Suffolk Law School makes its home in the modern, technologically sophisticated David J. Sargent Hall, located in downtown Boston. Dedicated in 1999, Sargent Hall boasts seven floors with a secured wireless network, 18 high-tech "smart classrooms," as well as 3,000 high-speed Internet connections. Sargent Hall also sports student lounges on every floor along with an art gallery, bookstore, and cafeteria.

Q.   Does Suffolk have its own law library?
A.   The Suffolk University Law Library occupies floors six, and seven of Sargent Hall, covering more than 65,000 square feet of space. Over 310,000 printed books and microfilm volumes are contained here, along with two library computer labs and one computer training room. There are also 12 study rooms and 300 study carrels—with wireless Internet access available throughout the library along with state-of-the-art video facilities. The library is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm most days.

Q.   Do you provide housing for LL.M. students?
A.   There is no on-campus housing for graduate students. However, Suffolk does have a dedicated Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO), where staff can assist you in locating affordable and convenient housing opportunities before you even step foot on campus.

Q.   Can students enroll in the LL.M. program part-time?
A.   Yes, both part-time and full time students are admitted. International students who require an F-1 visa, however, must be full-time students.

Q.   Are LL.M. courses offered in the evening?
Yes, most LL.M. courses are offered in the evening. Some LL.M. courses are also offered during the day.

Q.   How many credits are required to earn the LL.M. degree?
A.   Twenty-four (24) credits are required. Up to six (6) credits may be granted, however, to LL.M. students whose prior law school course work qualifies for Advanced Standing.

Q.   How many specializations are available in the LL.M. in Global Law and Technology?
A.   LL.M. students may earn specialization certificates in four (4) areas: Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, Bio-medicine and Health Law, International Law and Business, and U.S. Law and Legal Methods.

Q.   Is it possible to earn more than one specialization in the LL.M. in Global Law and Technology?
A.   Yes, LL.M. students may complete up to two specializations.

Q.   Is specialization required?
A.   No.

Q.   Can LL.M. students take courses outside the LL.M. curriculum?
A.   Yes, with that the permission of the Academic Director, LL.M. students may currently take up to 6 credits from the JD curriculum.

Q.   Do you have an internship program for LL.M. students?
A.   Yes. Both U.S. and international LL.M. students have the unique chance among area law schools to participate in legal internships locally or abroad during the program. These for-credit experiences allow students to apply their newly acquired legal knowledge to real-world problems.

Q.   Do you assist with Optional Practical Training?
A.   Yes. The Office of Graduate and International Programs will assist with the visa process during the academic year, as well as the search for legal work in an area related to your studies after graduation.

Q.   Are international LL.M. graduates eligible to sit for a bar exam in the United States?
A.   Bar examination eligibility rules vary among the states. For a summary of requirements to take the bar in each U.S. jurisdiction, including the rules governing applicants whose law degree is from a foreign school, see the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Q.   How big is Suffolk Law School?
A.   As one of the largest law school in the country, Suffolk Law offers a wide range of courses and activities. The LL.M. program enrolls approximately 25 students, meaning the graduate staff know each student by name.