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LLM Program

Our application for fall 2019 is available online through LSAC.

LLM Admissions Instructions

When To Apply

Applicants may begin the LLM program in the fall or spring semester. We do not have a strict application deadline.  However, we recommend submitting an application for the fall start date by August 15 or an application for the spring start date by December 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are typically made available within one week of completing your application file.

How to Apply


Candidates for an LL.M. degree in Elder Law and Estate Planning must hold a JD from an ABA-accredited law school, or be admitted to the bar in any U.S. jurisdiction.

Materials required for admission consideration
  • Application form (available online through LSAC). 

  • Personal Statement
    As part of your application through LSAC, you will be asked to submit a brief statement that discusses your interest in the LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning and how it fits your personal and professional goals. This statement should be attached to your application form as a separate electronic document that includes your name and LSAC account number at the top of the page. This statement should not exceed 1,000 words.

  •  Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

     Please attach your résumé or curriculum vitae to the application form as a separate electronic document.

  • Transcripts
    Please have official juris doctor transcript(s) submitted through the LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS) / Document Assembly Service (DAS). Undergraduate and other (non-JD) graduate transcripts are optional. Transcripts should be sent directly from the educational institution to the following address:
LLM Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
Dept. 8511
Newtown, PA 18940-8511
Transcript request forms are available through your LSAC account.

  • Two References
    Please attach your references to the application form as a separate electronic document.

Alternative Application Procedure

Alternatively, you may submit a PDF application to admissions@law.wne.edu. If you choose to submit the PDF application, please submit all other required materials as listed above directly to the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Szostak, Assistant Director of Admissions, at (413)782-1286 or Carmen Alexander Blatch, Program Assistant, at (413)782-1426.

Non-matriculated Students:

If space is available, the Director, upon request, may allow a limited number of non-degree students to participate in the program. Normally, such non-degree students will already be engaged in an estate planning practice and may desire to enroll in certain courses to enhance their knowledge in a specific area. These non-matriculated students will be allowed to register for no more than one or two courses with the permission of the Program Director. They may be considered for admission to the degree program based on their performance in courses which they have taken.