Application Instructions

TIME TO APPLY: Applicants are accepted throughout the year. However, 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 process. If you are a United States citizen or a citizen of another country already admitted to the United States, the application process can be completed after this date.

You may apply online to the Graduate Admissions Office, but you must also print and mail a second copy along with supporting materials to the Comparative Law Program, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, P.O. Box 117643, Gainesville, FL 32611-7643.

Online Application

Apply online: This link will bring you to the Web site for the Office of Admissions at the University of Florida. It would be useful to have copies of your transcripts when filling out this form.

  1. Click on “Graduate,” select “Create new user account.”
  2. Begin to fill out the online application.
  3. When asked to “Select Degree,” select the category “Master’s Degree.”
  4. When asked to “Select a Program of Study,” scroll down to “Law” and choose “Comparative Law.”
  5. When choosing which semester to apply for, choose Summer B” (Do not select fall).
  6. Continue to complete the online application.

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
319 Holland Hall 309 Village Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-7643

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

Unable to Complete the Application Online

  • Go online to http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/forms.html, choose the form “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. Comparative Law Program.

If you are unable to complete either of these methods, contact us by e-mail at llmcomp@law.ufl.edu.

Supporting Documents

All students must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • 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 you have attended.
  • Official Degrees or diplomas in the original language and an official English translation.
    • Official transcripts, degree certifications and diplomas for each university degree must be submitted in both the original language of instruction, when that language is other than English, and in official English translation.
    • “Official” documentation means original or duly certified and authenticated copies of the originals.
    • Any document that is submitted by mail CANNOT BE RETURNED.
    • However, an applicant is permitted to retain any original if he or she personally presents it to the Graduate Admissions Office for examination and copying.
    • Official documentation should initially be mailed to the LL.M. program office, and we will forward the documents to the Graduate Admissions office upon a favorable admission decision.
      • If you send original documentation to the Graduate Admissions Office, please also send a copy of each document directly to the LL.M. Program Office, as Graduate Admissions will not review applications until the program refers it to them, and we need the documents before we can decide to make the referral.
      • Copies may be sent to the program as pdf attachments to email when necessary.
    • In extraordinary circumstances —such as when only one original diploma is issued, or when the student is admitted contingent upon completion of graduation requirements at their home institution— the Program and the Graduate Admissions Office can rely on simple copies during the admissions process, subject to verification of the originals once the student arrives in Gainesville.
      • Students admitted conditioned upon an examination of original documentation will not be permitted to register for classes until they complete the verification process.
  • English Language Proficiency documentation when required
    • 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).
    • English Language Tests. 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 requires 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 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 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. 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.
    • English Language Institute.
  • “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.
    • Personal Statement: A typed personal statement recounting your background and why you have chosen to pursue the LL.M. in Comparative Law is required as part of the application. You should include your areas of special interest and your career goals. Consider your written personal statement to be “an interview on paper.” Work experience following the first professional degree is encouraged, and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to careers in teaching and public service will be preferred. Outstanding achievement in the legal profession is another positive factor.
    • Study plan: Admitted candidates must submit their study plan to the director for approval.
    • Personal interviews, through teleconference when necessary, may be required by the director or requested by the applicant.

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. 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.

The LL.M. in Comparative Law Program operates within the University of Florida Graduate School, along with other graduate programs such as Engineering and History.

The Graduate School Office of Admission determines your eligibility for admission to the University of Florida by, among other things, ensuring that you have submitted bonafide transcripts. The Application for Admission, official English Language Proficiency test score, official transcripts (and an English translation, if necessary) and the $30 application fee should be sent to the Office of Admission, 201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, Fla. 32611-1400.

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.

International Student Requirements

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

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Admission decisions will begin to be made, on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are made as soon as the application is complete. 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.