Office of Graduate Admission
Frequently Asked Questions
The Office of Admission receives numerous questions each semester from prospective students. The most-frequently asked have been answered below. Please contact the Office of Admission with further questions.
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- 1. How much is tuition for the LLM or MS program?
- 2. Does the school provide any scholarships or financial aid?
- 3. How many credit hours must I complete for the LLM or MS degree?
Each program requires the completion of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 in order to graduate. Some programs also require a publishable paper.
- 4. How long is the LLM or MS program?
If begun in the fall, each program can be completed in one year. Candidates must complete their degrees within five years.
- 5. Can I take courses from other Centers?
Yes, you can take up to six credit hours from another Center as long as that program's director and your program's director approve of your registration.
- 6. Does the school have housing available for degree candidates?
The school does not offer housing, but can help with your search when relocating to the Chicago area.
- 7. Do you have weekend courses?
Some Centers offer weekend courses and seminars to accommodate candidate's work schedules. Details are available through each specific Center.
- 8. Are the professors teaching in the LLM and MS programs all full-time faculty members?
No, many courses are taught by practitioners working in their area of instruction. As a degree candidate, you benefit from their experience in the field.
- 9. What are the application deadlines?
Application deadlines can be found in the Admission Overview section of the Graduate Admissions homepage.
- 10. How long will it take before a decision is made on my file?
Once you have been notified that your completed application was received, the admission committee will attempt to review and respond within two weeks.
- 11. I'm in the MS program. Can I transfer my courses to the JD program?
No, the courses in the MS program cannot be transferred to the JD program. If you intend on transferring or pursuing a law degree, we encourage you to sign up for the JD program instead of the MS program. Courses taken in the MS program will have to be repeated in the JD program.
- 12. Do you have an online LLM or MS program?
We do not currently offer a complete online degree program. Several of our Centers for Excellence offer online courses. Please visit the eCourses website for more information.
- 13. Do you help find employment after graduation?
John Marshall's Career Services Office offers degree candidates more than 60 career-related programs to assist in finding employment after graduation. Career counselors also assist with resumes, interviewing skills, and provide feedback on upcoming career fairs. Center directors are also available to assist in the process.
- 14. Do you have internship or externship opportunities?
Each individual Center keeps a list of their internship or externship opportunities available. Please check with the Center director to get a listing of opportunities.
- 15. What is GPA is required to apply for the LLM or MS program?
Because of the rigorous work that is involved in completed an LLM or MS degree, we require a 3.0 from your previous academic degree.
- 16. Should I send you all of my transcripts or just my most recent school's transcript?
Yes, official transcripts from each undergraduate and law school you attended are required.