International Applicants

Deadline: January 15 of the year of proposed admission

Application Procedure

    1. Fill out an online application, upload the following documents (or mail directly to the program), designate recommenders and pay the application fee
      • Résumé listing educational qualifications, work experience, date of admission to legal practice (if applicable) and any other professional affiliations relevant to the application.
      • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages). Please state the reasons for wishing to undertake Ph.D. studies, your area(s) of research interest, and future career plans.
      • Dissertation Proposal (5-10 pages). The proposal should be detailed enough to show your understanding of your field of interest and the need for new, original research.
      • Writing Sample (your LL.M. paper or a published article).
      • Official Transcripts and Degree Statement (including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded) from all colleges and universities attended. Please also upload transcripts for in-progress degrees, and also for degrees that you did not complete. Admitted students will be required to have one of their official transcripts with degree statement (usually LL.M.) sent directly to the UW from the degree granting institution.
      • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required. In the online application, designate two recommenders who can best evaluate your capacity for graduate study in the United States, preferably law faculty or other law professionals. Once you designate your recommenders you can choose whether to have them email their letters or postal mail them. The letters should be on University or Company letterhead and should be signed and sealed on the exterior by the recommender. There is no specific form for the recommendation letter.
      • Interview: In addition to submitting a full application, you may be asked to schedule an in-person or phone interview with the Ph.D. Program Director and/or potential faculty supervisors as part of the application process.
    2. Submit English Language Proficiency scores or documentation that satisfies the TOEFL exemption policy, which can be viewed here.
      • Have ETS send your official TOEFL score sent electronically to Institution Code #4854.
      • To submit IELTS test scores, first go to their web site. Select the country where the test was taken, then find the city on the list of testing centers and click on the center's name to view its email address. Email the testing center to request that they report your test results into the E-TRF system using the following address:
          • University of Washington All Campuses
            Organization ID 365
            Undergrad & Graduate Admissions
            Box 355850
            Seattle, WA, 98105, USA

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