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Future LLM Students


To be eligible to apply to a participating LLM program, you must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree that entitles you to practice law.

Minimum Degree Requirements by Country

Most LLM CAS–participating law schools require a law degree that allows you to practice law in the country where you obtained it. If either your degree or your country of study is not listed in the chart below, please contact the law school(s) of interest to you to confirm eligibility.

Note that the chart includes only the minimum requirements. You are expected to present all postsecondary education, including work completed prior to and after the minimum degree listed, according to the requirements of the law schools to which you apply. Any omission of required education history could delay the review of your credentials and LSAC’s report to the law schools.

Please Note

LSAC makes every effort to maintain the currency of this chart, but educational systems in a particular country can change, and you may be required to submit additional documents. In some countries, the names of these degrees are changing and may not match the chart.

Country Name Degree Required
AFGHANISTAN Bachelor’s degree in law
ALBANIA Diplome or Diplome e Integruar e Nivelit te Dyte, titulli Jurist
ALGERIA License en Droit or License d’etudes juridiques
ANGOLA Licenciatura em Direito
ANTIGUA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
ARMENIA Diploma with qualification of lawyer
ARUBA (former Netherlands Antilles) Master
AUSTRALIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws) or Juris Doctor (JD)
AUSTRIA Magister Iuris; Magister der Rechtswissenschaften
AZERBAIJAN Diplom bakalavr huquq
BAHAMAS LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BAHRAIN LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BANGLADESH LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BARBADOS LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BELARUS Diplom, kvalifikatsiya yurist
BELGIUM Licenciaat / Master in de Rechten; licencié / master en droit
BELIZE LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BENIN Maitrise en Droit
BERMUDA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BOLIVIA Licenciatura en Derecho
BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA Diplomirani/a pravnik/pravnica
BOTSWANA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
BRAZIL Bacharelado em Direito
BULGARIA Diploma magistur, kvalifikatsiya yurist
BURUNDI Diplome de Licence en Droit
CAMBODIA Four-year Degree in Law from Royal University of Law and Economics
CAMEROON Maitrise in Law (University of Yaounde) or LLB (Bachelor of Laws) (Univ of Buea). Please note that French universities are slowly shifting to the 3/2 system (Licence/Master), in which case the Master in Law would be the first professional degree.
CANADA Bachelor of Laws; Juris Doctor; Licentiate in Law (U. of Ottawa); Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (McGill University); Bacheliere en Droit (U. of Quebec) Baccalaureat en Droit (U. of Montreal)
CAYMAN ISLANDS Bachelor of Laws
CHAD Licence en Droit
CHILE Licenciado en Derecho
CHINA Bachelor of Law (first degree); Master of Law or Juris Master for holders of a bachelor’s degree in another field
(Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, the Grenadines, Nevis, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands)
LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
CONGO, Democratic Republic of the Maitrise en Droit
CONGO, Republic of the Licence en Droit
COSTA RICA Licenciatura en Derecho
COTE D’IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) Maitrise en Droit. Please note that Cote d’Ivoire is changing to the Licence/Master (3/2) system, but that at this time the Maitrise is still the practice degree in law.
CROATIA Diplomirani/a pravnik/pravnica
CUBA Licenciado en Derecho
CURACAO (former Netherlands Antilles) Master
DENMARK Candidatus Juris / kandidatgraden i jura
DJIBOUTI M1 or M2 en Droit
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Licenciado en Derecho
ECUADOR Abogado (or Doctor en Jurisprudencia if earned prior to 2005)
EGYPT Bachelor (bakalorus) of Law
EL SALVADOR Licenciado en Derecho
ERITREA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
ESTONIA Õigusteaduse bakalaureusekraad; Õigusteaduse magister
ETHIOPIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
FIJI Bachelor of Law
FINLAND Juris Kandidaati or Oikeustieteen Maisteri
FRANCE Maitrise en Droit or Magistere de Juriste D’Affaires; or a first degree, which could be in a non-law field (diplome from one of the ‘grandes ecoles,’ or licence) plus proof of passing the French bar examination
GEORGIA Certified Specialist’s Diploma
GERMANY Erste Juristische Staatsprufung or Erste Prufung
GHANA LLB (Bachelor of Laws) or BA + BL (Professional Law Course Certificate)
GREECE Ptychio (university degree in law)
GRENADINES, The LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
GUADELOUPE Licence en Droit
GUATEMALA Licenciado en Derecho
GUINEA Licence en Droit
GUYANA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
HAITI Licence en Droit
HONDURAS Licenciado en Derecho
HONG KONG Bachelor of Laws
HUNGARY Doktori bizonyitvany, “dr. jur.”; egyetemi oklevel, jogasznak
ICELAND Candidatus Juris; Meistaraprof logfraedi
INDIA 3 year Bachelor’s + Bachelor of Laws; integrated five year Bachelor of Laws. Bachelor of Laws is considered first professional exam.
INDONESIA Sarjana Hukum
IRAN LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
IRAQ Bachelor of Law
IRELAND Law Society of Ireland Professional Practice Course I & II or FE-1 Exam, or Admission to the Roll of Solicitors, or the Barrister-at-Law degree from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, or a four-year bachelor’s degree in law.
ISRAEL LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
ITALY Laurea in Giurisprudenza; Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale in Giurisprudenza
JAMAICA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
JAPAN LLB (Bachelor of Laws) through 2010; Starting 2011: Bachelor degree (any major) PLUS Legal Training and Research Institute diploma, OR Bachelor degree PLUS Juris Doctor
JORDAN LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
KAZAKHSTAN Diplom, kvalifikatsiya yurist; Bakalavr yurisprudentsii
KENYA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
KOREA, Democratic Republic of (North)  LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
KOREA, Republic of (South) LLB (Bachelor of Laws) or first degree in non-law subject plus diploma from the Judicial Training and Research Institute (JTRI) or first degree in non-law subject and Juris Doctor
KOSOVO Jurist i Diplomuar-Bachelor OR Bacelor i Drejtesise
KUWAIT LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
KYRGYZSTAN Diplom, kvalifikatsiya yurist; Yurisprudentsiya bakalavry
LATVIA Jurista kvalifikaciju; Magistra diploms in jurisprudence
LEBANON Licence en Droit
LESOTHO LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
LIBERIA LLB from University of Liberia, Cuttington College or African Methodist Episcopal University
LIBYA LLB (Bachelor of Laws) or Licence en Droit
LITHUANIA Magistro Diplomas in law
LUXEMBOURG Does not have its own degree in law; program is done through University of Strasbourg, France. 
MACAO (MACAU) Licenciatura em Direito
MACEDONIA (The former Yugoslav Republic of)  Jurist i Diplomuar
MALAWI Licence en Droit
MALAYSIA 4 year LLB (Bachelor of Laws/ Hons); 3 year Bachelor of Legal Studies + 1 year Bachelor of Laws Hons. The 4 year LLB/ Hons and the 3+1 Bachelor of Laws Hons are considered the first professional degrees in law in Malaysia.
MALI Maitrise en Sciences Juridiques
MALTA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
MARTINIQUE Licence en Droit
MAURITANIA Licence en Droit
MAURITIUS Licence en Droit
MEXICO Licenciado en Derecho
MOLDOVA Diploma de licenta
MONGOLIA Bakalavryn Diplom (in law)
MOROCCO Licence en Droit
MOZAMBIQUE Licenciatura em Direito
MYANMAR LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
NAMIBIA Baccalaureus Juris (B Juris)
NEPAL LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
NETHERLANDS Doctoraal (4 years); Meester/Master en Rechten
NEVIS LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
NEW ZEALAND LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
NICARAGUA Licenciado en Derecho
NIGER Licence en Droit
NIGERIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
NORWAY Candidatus Juris; master i rettsvitenskap
OMAN Bachelor’s degree in law
PAKISTAN 3 year Bachelor’s + Bachelor of Laws; integrated five year Bachelor of Laws. Bachelor of Laws is considered first professional exam.
PALESTINE (Occupied Palestinian Territory)  LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
PANAMA Licenciado en Derecho
PAPUA NEW GUINEA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
PERU Abogado
PHILIPPINES LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
POLAND Magister prawa
PORTUGAL Licenciatura em Direito
QATAR LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
REUNION Licence en Droit
ROMANIA Diploma de licenta
RUSSIAN FEDERATION Diplom spetsialista or bakalavra, kvalifikatsiya Yurist
RWANDA Licence en Droit
SAINT HELENA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SAINT KITTS LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SAINT LUCIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SAINT VINCENT LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SAUDI ARABIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SENEGAL Licence en Droit
SERBIA and MONTENEGRO Diplomirani/a pravnik/pravnica
SIERRA LEONE LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SINGAPORE LLB (Bachelor of Laws); JD (Juris Doctor) for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field
SLOVENIA Univerzitetni/a diplomirani/a pravniki/pravnica
SOMALIA Laurea in Giurisprudenza
SOUTH AFRICA LLB (Bachelor of Laws); BProc (Baccalaureaus Procurationis); LLB (Baccalaureus Legum)
SPAIN Licenciado en Derecho or Grado en Derecho plus Máster Universitario de Acceso a la Abogacía (awarded after 10/31/2011); Licenciado en Derecho/Grado en Derecho (awarded on or before 10/31/2011).
SRI LANKA Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Certificate of Attorney-at-Law from Sri Lanka Law College
SUDAN Licence en Droit
SWAZILAND LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
SWEDEN Candidatus Juris / Juris kandidatexamen
SWITZERLAND Lizentiat der Rechtswissenschaft; licence en droit
SYRIA Bachelor of Law
TAIWAN LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
TAJIKISTAN Diplom spetsialista, kvalifikatsiya Yurist
TANZANIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
THAILAND LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
TOBAGO LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
TOGO Maitrise
TRINIDAD LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
TUNISIA Licence en Droit
TURKEY Hukuk Lisans Diplomasi (Bachelor of Laws)
TURKMENISTAN Diploma with qualification of lawyer
TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
UGANDA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
UKRAINE Diploma bakalavra; Diplom spetsialista, kvalifikatsiya yurista
UNITED KINGDOM LLB (Bachelor of Laws) or BA in law, or bachelor degree in a non-law subject plus special legal practice course leading to CPE (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
URUGUAY Licenciado/Abogado
UZBEKISTAN Bakalavr diplomi, yurist
VIETNAM Bachelor of Law and title of luat su (lawyer)
YEMEN LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
ZAMBIA LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
ZIMBABWE LLB (Bachelor of Laws)

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