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LLM Program

LLM Admissions Instructions

When To Apply

New students may enroll in the LLM program in the fall (late August) or spring (mid-January) semester. We do not have a strict application deadline.  However, we recommend submitting an application for the fall semester by August 15 or an application for the spring semester 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

 
Prequalification

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 

  • Personal Statement
    (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.) 

  •  Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

  • Two Professional References (contact information only)

  • Official Law School Transcript                  

Alternative Application Procedure:

Our application is also available through LSAC.org.  We recommend that you apply through LSAC if you are applying to multiple LLM programs. 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:

Upon request, we will 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 4 credits. They may be considered for admission to the degree program based on their performance in courses which they have taken.