Admission Requirements: Estate Planning LL.M.

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Admission to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning is highly selective, and decisions are made as applications are received. Candidates are therefore encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible.

What are the requirements?

Performance in law school Income Tax and Trusts and Estates courses, as well as a candidate's overall law school record are of particular interest in evaluating the application. Although many students enroll each year without prior legal experience in estate planning beyond academic courses, consideration is given to any such prior experience. Prior to enrollment, applicants must have earned a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and must have successfully completed the equivalent of both a J.D. trusts and estates course and a basic Federal Income Tax course at the J.D. level.

What is the admissions deadline?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications will be acted upon as soon as all requisite information has been received. It is, therefore advantageous to submit an application and other documents as early as possible. Applicants will be notified if any information is missing from an application. Based upon the Director's initial review, applicants will be admitted immediately, held for later decision, placed on a waitlist, or denied admission.

What documents are required to apply?

The following documents are required to complete an Estate Planning application:

  • $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Verified LSDAS Report / LSAT Scores
  • Official Law School Transcripts - ABA Accredited
  • Verified Class Rank from Law School
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Two Letters (or more) of Recommendation (Professor or Employer)

How to Apply

Application to the University of Miami School of Law may be made through Miami Law's Master of Laws Programs Online Application or through LSAC's Service. (If using LSAC's Service, applicants must register and pay for the LSAC LL.M Credential Assembly Service[CAS] and Letter of Recommendation Service. Applicants must request LSAT scores separately from the CAS report.)


Marve Ann M. Alaimo - LL.M. 1998"My LL.M. in estate planning is a tremendous asset. It has given me the knowledge and confidence needed to practice in one of the nation's largest estate planning departments".

Marve Ann M. Alaimo - LL.M. 1998
Cummings & Lockwood LLC
Bonita Springs, Florida


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