Admissions Information

Application Requirements

The Applicant must:

  1. Submit a completed application and supporting documents:

    • Submit accompanied Personal Statement,
    • Curriculum vitae or resume,
    • Official transcript and diploma for each completed university degree, and
    • At least two letters of recommendation.
    • Documents must be in English or accompanied by certified translations.
  2. Have a law degree with high academic standing from a recognized university outside the United States or ABA accredited law school in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  3. Have a thorough knowledge of the English language.
    • The program follows the University’s admission rules regarding the English language proficiency including the list of acceptable exams, the minimum required score and the list of countries exempt from the test requirement. Because the method of teaching in the college requires a high degree of English comprehension and the writing of examinations and the research paper requires substantial ability to write in English, the LL.M. program strongly prefers minimum score of 50 is preferred on the part of the TOEFL which relates to oral ability to understand English. For applicants using the IELTS exam, the program prefers a minimum total score as well as listening score above 6.5. Interviews (ether in person, by phone or video conference) will be conducted by a college of law representative to determine further the applicant’s comprehension of English.

How to Apply

Online Application

  • Click to apply online. It would be useful to have copies of your transcripts when filling out this form.
  • Click on “Graduate,” select “Create new user account.”
  • When asked to “Select Degree,” select the catergory “Master’s Degree.”
  • When asked to “Select a Program of Study,” scroll down to “Law” and choose “Comparative Law.”
  • When choosing which semester to apply for, choose Summer B” (Do not select fall).
  • Continue to complete the online application.

Unable to Complete the Application Online

  • Go to Admissions Forms online and choose the “Graduate Application for International Students.”
  • Fill out the PDF form of the application, “Select Text” in the Acrobat toolbar. When you are finished, click “Print.”
  • If your form will not print after you click “Print,” click the “Advanced” button and check “Print as image” to print the form.

Send the application to:

Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
Gainesville, Fla. 32611-1400

Send a copy of the application and supporting materials to the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program. If you are unable to complete either of those methods, contact us by email at llmcomp@law.ufl.edu.

Contact the LL.M. Program at llmcomp@law.ufl.edu to inform us that you have submitted your application. We will send you an email to confirm receipt of your application online at the law school.

Other Important Information

Make sure to read through the following material carefully.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year and decisions will begin on a rolling basis after the application is completed. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

While the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program has no absolute deadline for applications, no guarantee of consideration is possible for applications that have not been completed by April 30. Because the Comparative Law Program begins with the Summer B-C session, generally in mid-July, applications received after April 30 are unlikely to be evaluated in time to allow the candidate to complete any required visa processing.

If you are a United States citizen or are already admitted to the United States, the application process can be completed after this date.

Application Process

Applications are initially reviewed by the Program Assistant to ensure that they are complete. If an application is not complete, the Program Assistant will attempt to contact the applicant to request any missing information or documentation.

Completed applications are evaluated by the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program Admissions Committee. A favorable vote by the committee is required for admission. If an applicant is approved by the Admissions Committee, the application is referred to the Graduate Admissions Office for its approval, which is primarily dedicated to verification of the candidate’s credentials.

The admissions committee of the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program, made up of members of the faculty of the College of Law, decides whether to accept your application for admission to our Program. This committee will read your letters of recommendation, your personal statement, and consider your academic and professional record in making its decision. The “Department Copy” of the Application form should be completed and sent along with copies of your transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and your TOEFL score to:
Professor Pedro A. Malavet,
Director of the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program,
P.O. Box 117643,
University of Florida Levin College of Law,
Gainesville, FL
32611-7643.

Once the applicant is admitted by the Graduate Office of Admissions, the program can authorize the initiation of the visa application process through the I-20 order if the applicant requires an entry visa. The application process involves a faculty admissions committee at the Levin College of Law and the University of Florida Graduate Office of Admissions.

Supporting Documents

To be considered for admissions, students must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form (if not applying online)
  • Official copies of transcripts in both original language and an official English translation from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Degrees or diplomas in the original language and an official English translation.
  • English Language Proficiency documentation when required.
  • “Application Fee Cover” form, with a nonrefundable $30 bank check in U.S. dollars payable to the University of Florida (if applying online, this fee may be paid by credit card).
  • Two letters of recommendation from law professors or other references commenting in detail on scholastic and professional qualifications. Letters must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Personal Statement / Proposed Study Plan.

International Student Requirements

If the admitted student is not a citizen of the United States or a citizen of another country already admitted into the United States, an appropriate entry visa will have to be processed through the University of Florida International Center.

English Language Proficiency Documentation

The program follows the university’s admission rules regarding English Language Proficiency including the list of acceptable exams, the minimum required score and the list of countries exempt from the test requirement. (http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html#engproficiency).

For applicants whose primary language is not English

For applicants whose primary language is not English, the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other English language proficiency exams authorized by the University of Florida are required.

  • Because the method of teaching in the College requires a high degree of English comprehension and the writing of examinations and the research paper require substantial ability to write in English, the LL.M. program strongly prefers a minimum overall score of 600 on the TOEFL test (250 for the computer-based test or 100 for the Internet-based test). A minimum score of 50 is preferred on that part of TOEFL, which relates to oral ability to understand English.
  • For applicants using the IELTS exam, the program prefers a minimum total score as well as a Listening score above 6.5.
  • In addition, interviews (either in person or by telephone or videoconference such as Skype) will be conducted by a College of Law representative to determine further the applicant’s comprehension of English.

Submitting Test Results

IELTS and MELAB Results

IELTS and MELAB results must be submitted by mailing original certifications to the Office of Graduate Admissions.Please send a simple copy directly to the Program office as well either by regular mail or as an email attachment.

TOEFL

TOEFL results must be submitted electronically by using the Institution Code 5812 and sending it to the attention of the University of Florida, not the College of Law; Division: Graduate Schools, not Law Schools; Department Group “Any Department Not Listed.” The TOEFL scores are electronically matched to student applications, any discrepancy between the TOEFL record and your application, especially as to your name, will delay the process.Please send a copy of the printed TOEFL report to the Program office by mail or as an email attachment when you submit the scores.

English Language Institute Alternative

Course of study at UF's English Language Institute

Applicants are also permitted to show English Language Proficiency by successfully completing the course of study at the university’s English Language Institute.

The English Language Institute tests each student to determine their existing level of proficiency upon arrival. Based on the score in that exam, the ELI places the student at the appropriate starting level of education within the program.

Most students then take two semesters to successfully reach the exit level for the ELI, which is the completion of all level 60 courses. However, depending on the starting level, students may take as little as one semester and as many as three or four to successfully reach the highest level of proficiency required to exit the ELI and enter a graduate program.

Admitted applicants who meet the minimum proficiency standard may voluntarily choose to attend the ELI in order to improve their English skills prior to starting or during the program.

In order to be conditionally admitted into the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program with the ELI option, the applicant must still submit the results of an English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB). By definition in the ELI conditional admission situations, the test score would not meet the university minimum, but it must nonetheless be submitted in order for the conditional admission to be processed under the rules of the Graduate School.

Click here to go to the English Language Institute.

Mailing Address for Materials

Please send all supporting materials to the Comparative Law Program, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, P.O. Box 117643, Gainesville, FL 32611-7643.

Regular Mail (US Mail Service)
Professor Pedro A. Malavet, Director
LL.M. in Comparative Law Program
Fredric G. Levin College of Law
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117643
Gainesville, FL 32611-7643

Express Mail
Professor Pedro A. Malavet, Director
LL.M. in Comparative Law Program
Fredric G. Levin College of Law
University of Florida
309 Village Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-7643