LL.M. Application Requirements

Enrollment for the LL.M. degree is open to holders of a J.D. degree or similar foreign qualifications in the field of law.

On a highly selective basis, admission may also be granted to holders of a bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent, who have shown an outstanding commitment to the cause of human rights and human dignity. Non-lawyers participating in this program are advised that the program does not prepare or qualify its students to engage in the practice of law and that the program is not intended to qualify students to take a bar examination.

Students may apply for full time or part-time status.

Full-Time Students
A full-time student is defined as one who is enrolled in at least eight credits in any one semester. Usually, students will be admitted as full-time students in order to complete the program in one academic year.

Part-Time Students
Exceptionally, applicants may be admitted to the program as part-time students. Upon consultation with, and approval by, the Program Director, they may select their courses and complete them over a period of up to four years. Extensions of this period may be granted in exceptional cases by the Dean of the School of Law. If changes to the curriculum occur during this period of time, the Program Director will determine, in consultation with the student, which classes of the amended LL.M. curriculum the student will have to enroll in in order to attain the full complement of 24 academic credits.

Please note that the Admissions Committee must have all of your documents (see below) in order to review your application.

Applicants may apply for admission for academic year on a rolling basis. Space is limited. In order to enhance their chances, we encourage prospective students to apply early.

An applicant will receive an admissions decision within two weeks after the file has been completed. Upon admission, the students have to submit payment of a deposit of $300 to reserve their seat. This amount is counted toward the tuition for the students who enroll in the program, and it is forfeited for those who fail to do so. International students are charged $200 SEVIS fee with the issuance of the I-20 form.

Your complete application file should include:
  • A completed and signed application (online version) / application (Word version)
  • A current resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from all college/university and/or certified foreign diplomas or certificates sent directly to St. Thomas University School of Law, LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights. All foreign diplomas and transcripts should be translated in English and certified or notarized. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by an approved agency in the U.S. We recommend World Education Services or Josef Silney & Associates.
  • Two recommendation letters, preferably one from your present employer and one from your professor
  • Two passport size photos [optional at this stage]
  • Interview in person or conference call
  • Application fee of $50 

LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights
St. Thomas University School of Law
16401 N.W. 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054