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LLM Program

Our application is currently 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 undergraduate and graduate transcripts submitted through the LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS) / Document Assembly Service (DAS). 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.

  •  Letters of Recommendation 
    All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
    For your convenience, two options exist for the submission of letters of recommendation. 

    1. References may submit recommendation letters, accompanied by our 2019 Cover Sheet, directly to the 
       Office of  Admissions. Letters may be sent to the following address:

       Office of Admissions
       Western New England University
       School of Law
       1215 Wilbraham Road
       Springfield, MA 01119

    2. References may elect to utilize LSAC LLM CAS/DAS letter of recommendation service.

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.