Admission Criteria

Enrollment is limited to applicants who have earned a J.D. degree from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Graduates of other law schools, and graduates of law schools outside the United States, may be considered for admission on the basis of exceptional credentials.  Applicants who have earned a degree other than a J.D. from their law school who are eligible to sit for a bar exam in the United States, have passed the bar exam, and have been sworn in to at least one United States jurisdiction, may also be considered for admission.

Admission is determined by the applicant's potential for distinguished performance in and contribution to the program. The applicant's academic record, especially in law school, is of particular importance. Additional factors may include the applicant's professional experience and accomplishments, the institution awarding the baccalaureate and law degrees, recommendations, areas of interest, diversity, and geographic factors.

Generally, successful applicants will have graduated within the top quarter of their law school class and performed at an honors level during their last two years of baccalaureate work. The objective of the admissions policy is to fill each class with the best students from an applicant pool consistent with the high quality standards of the program and the diversity of Southwestern.

Please note that transfer credits from other institutions will not be considered.

Students admitted to the LL.M. Online Program may begin at any one of the three start times per year: in the Fall or Spring Semesters, or during the Summer Session.

Please click here for a printable copy (PDF) of the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online brochure.

* Copyright Law must have been completed within 3 years of entering the program or during the first semester of the program.

** Please Note:  Students who earned their legal degrees from institutions outside of the United States must take a course in the American Legal System -- which is not for credit and is of no cost to the student.