Graduate LL.M. Program Admissions

WMU-Cooley Law School Graduate Program Admissions

How to Apply to our LL.m. graduate programs

Apply to the Corporate Law and Finance, Homeland and National Security Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, Tax Law, or General Studies LL.M. Programs. NOTE: Applicant must have a J.D. or LL.B.

1) Download and fill out the Application for Admission to Graduate Program document HERE and ATTACH:

  • Personal statement indicating why you wish to pursue this degree
  • Legal writing sample
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Undergraduate and JD transcripts (if not WMU-Cooley alumni)

2. Generally, applications are processed within two weeks of submission. You will receive an email notification if information is missing from your application. Otherwise, you will receive an email notification of our final decision.

3. International Students: please apply through and submit your credentials for evaluation along with your TOEFL score. If you require a student visa, you must apply at least three months prior to the start of your expected entering term to provide time for processing.



To obtain additional information about the admission process or the application for the LL.M. program contact the Office of Graduate and Extended Programs by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (517) 371-5140 ext. 2703.

Apply to the U.S. Legal Studies (USLS) LL.M. Program


The International Programs Office directs the U.S. Legal Studies program. Contact the LL.M. office at [email protected] for more any additional information about applying.

Rolling Admissions

Contact the Office of Graduate and Extended Programs with any questions about deadlines.

Tuition and Fees 

Tuition in the Graduate Program is $1,200 per credit hour.  Guest students pay the same tuition rate. There is no application fee.  A $25 non-refundable enrollment fee is charged to reserve a seat.  WMU-Cooley charges a $20 non-refundable student activity fee each term. Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice. Click here for more information about LL.M. tuition and costs of attendance

Financial Aid

Applicants who have questions regarding the availability of financial aid for LL.M. students should contact the Financial Aid Office at (517) 371-5140, ext. 2248.


Please contact the Office of Graduate and Extended Programs by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (517) 371-5140 ext. 2703 for more information about housing.

Career and Professional Development Office

The Career and Professional Development Office provides a variety of specialized career counseling and services for Graduate Program students. Applicants who have questions regarding career services for Graduate Program students should contact the Career and Professional Development Office at (517) 371-5140, ext. 4109. Program directors are also actively involved in assisting students with job placement.

Guest (Non-Degree) Student Status at WMU-Cooley

A guest (non-degree) student may be admitted to WMU-Cooley's Graduate Program and earn up to eight credits. Click on the link for more information about non-degree guest student status.


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