Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Application Process

The following materials should be sent or transmitted electronically to the attention of the Biederman Institute at Southwestern's general address as indicated at the bottom of this page. Applications are not considered complete until all required documents have been received.

  • Application for Admission
    The same application form is used for both semesters, as well as for both full-time and part-time students. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application online. (To apply for the Spring Semester through the online application, please select the Fall application and indicate that you are applying for Spring by checking that box on the application.)
  • Application Fee
    A nonrefundable $60 check or money order made payable to Southwestern Law School must be submitted with the admissions application form or with the acknowledgment statement if applying online. The canceled check will serve as your receipt.
  • Personal Statement
    The applicant's personal statement should describe the reasons for pursuing an LL.M. degree, as well as any motivation, life experiences, accomplishments, special interests, personal qualities and career objectives. Please include any information that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making its decision.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    At least two letters of recommendation should be submitted on behalf of an applicant by persons (other than relatives) who are familiar with the applicant's academic and professional abilities and potential. Letters may be submitted directly by recommenders to the Biederman Institute.
  • Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts
    Official, sealed transcripts from all law schools attended (or currently attending) and all colleges and universities from which you received a degree are required. Transcripts should show the degrees earned, dates awarded, and if applicable, class rank. If law school class rank is not included on your transcript, please request that it be sent by the law school registrar.

Foreign Applicants

Applicants who completed their [undergraduate and/or] legal degrees at institutions outside the United States or Canada must fulfill additional requirements:

  • Because the program requires a professional level of English language proficiency, applicants whose primary language is not English or whose education has been in a language other than English must demonstrate English proficiency on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Students taking the TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 90 on the ibt or 577 on the paper-based test. Students taking the IELTS must achieve a minimum score of 6.5. More information on TOEFL is available online at and more information on the IELTS is available online at
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English or whose education has been in a language other than English must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Next Generation (internet-based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. More information on TOEFL is available online at
  • The degree(s) must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located or the applicant must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country.
  • The applicant must submit a degree equivalency statement with an assessment of grade-point average based on foreign academic work as provided by a credentials evaluation service:

    LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service
    662 Penn Street Box 8511
    Newtown, PA 18940-8511
    Tel: 215.968.1315 / Fax: 215.504.1456 |

    International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    Tel: (310) 258-9451
    Fax: (310) 342-7086 |
    World Education Services, Inc.
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Tel: 212-966-6311
    Fax: 212-739-6100 |
    Global Services Associates, Inc.
    409 N. Pacific Coast Highway #393
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Tel & Fax: (310) 828-5709 |

    A list of service providers' reports that may be accepted can be found here (PDF)

On-Campus Student Housing Interest Form

Southwestern offers 133 brand new, fully furnished, state-of-the-art apartments for our students. Click here for the online form to indicate your potential interest in on-campus housing and assist us in planning for future occupancy. Completing this form does not guarantee housing and this interest form is not an official application for housing.

Law Degree

A foreign-educated applicant's degree(s) must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located or the applicant must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country. Applicants educated in the United States must have a degree from an ABA-accredited law school.

Admission to the Bar in the United States

Each state sets its own criteria for qualification for the bar. Students who earn the LL.M. degree or Certificate of Completion may be eligible to take certain state bar examinations. Please be sure to contact the jurisdiction of state in which you wish to take the bar examination to determine their eligibility requirements to sit for the examination. More detailed information can be obtained online (see Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements). Information about the California State Bar Examination can be found at

Financial Aid

Admitted students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal and private educational loans. Visit the Financial Aid section of this website for more specific information. Some private educational lenders offer loans to international students who have a creditworthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen. International students are encouraged to explore financial aid options from sources in their home countries.

Financial Support Documentation

International students who are accepted to Southwestern are required to have sufficient funds to cover travel to and from the United States and tuition, fees, and living expenses while attending Southwestern. Documentation of financial support will be required during the student visa process. More information on the student visa process may be found here.


LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1106

(213) 738-6602