Cornell Personal Statement Law School


How to Apply


Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

All applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). A complete application contains the following:

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report including

  • official certification of each degree you have earned
  • two letters of recommendation through LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service
  • official TOEFL score if proficiency in English is not met as described above

The completed Cornell Law School LL.M. Application form and supporting documents including

  • character & fitness addendum (if required)

Payment of the nonrefundable $80 USD application fee.

All applications are due by December 15 allowing our committee to release decisions by March. To be considered for a scholarship award, all application materials must be received by this date. Applications received after December 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Complete application instructions can be found in the Cornell Law LL.M. Application available through LSAC.

The LL.M. Credential Assembly Service simplifies the application process by centralizing the collection of application materials and distributing them in an electronic report to all ABA-approved law schools to which you apply. LSAC has provided a Checklist for the LLM Application Process on its website.

Unexpected delays do happen. We strongly advise that you register with LSAC four to six weeks before the December 15 application deadline, and ensure that application materials are received by LSAC at least two weeks before the deadline.

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Complete accuracy is required in all statements made on any portion of the application. To ensure that decisions are based on factual information, we audit some applications at random each year. In addition, you are required to update us about any changes that take place after submission of the application (enrolled students must submit any updates to the character and fitness portion of the application by October 1 of the 1L (first year) of law school). Inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading statements, or failure to update, can result in withdrawal of admission offers, honor code proceedings, dismissal from Cornell Law School, rescission or cancellation of any degrees you may have received from Cornell Law School, or other disciplinary sanctions.

Note: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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