Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

LL.M. Admission Requirements and Tuition Information

The LL.M. in Immigration and Naturalization Law is a 24-credit degree program that can be completed in one academic year as a full-time student or in two academic years as a part-time student. Minimum semester course load, six (6) hours. Maximum semester course load, Twelve (12) hours. 

The LL.M. Program provides an intensive academic program focused on current and emerging practice and policy issues in immigration and naturalization law. Distance learning is available through online coursework. 

We welcome both US and Foreign Attorneys to this exciting and unique LL.M. Program! Applications for the LL.M. Program are accepted as of  September 15 each year and are considered until the Program is full.  An applicant for the LL.M. Program may apply for admission to begin in either the Fall or Spring semester, full or part-time.

Applicants who wish to begin in the Fall Semester are advised to apply as early as possible but no later than July 15.
Applicants who wish to begin in the Spring Semester are advised to apply as early as possible but no later than December 1.

Applicants to the LL.M. Program must hold a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, or if a foreign applicant, either a J.D. or an LL.B. from an accredited law school in the jurisdiction where it is located.

While there is no LSAT requirement for LL.M. applicants, if the candidate has, in fact, taken the LSAT, the CAS report with scores should be submitted.

Domestic Applicants:
Domestic applicants to the LL.M. Program must furnish an official transcript showing the award of their law degree as well as the other required support documents (personal/narrative statement, current resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, LSAT score and writing sample if the JD was earned in the US.

Foreign Applicants:
Foreign applicants to the LL.M. Program must register for LSAC’s LSDAS Service and furnish, for evaluation, an official transcript showing the award of their law degree with notarized translation if the transcript is not in English.  Also required is a personal/narrative statement, current resume, and letters of recommendation.

All international applicants must take either the TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test if their first language is not English or their instruction (undergraduate or law) was not in English.

All international applicants must register for LSAC’s International Authentication and Evaluation Service and submit all foreign transcripts for evaluation through that Service.

 The TOEFL or IELTS Exam is required if applying from a country where the method of instruction is not in English or the applicant’s native language is not English.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores:
The minimum TOEFL iBT score required for admission is 85 and writing score no lower than 24; Reading and Listening no lower than 15.

The minimum IELTS score required for admission is a total score of 6.5 with a preference of no individual section score being lower than 6.5.

Texas Southern University Institutional Code for TOEFL: 6824
For IELTS select Texas Southern University

Immunization Requirements:

Immigration & Student Visa Information:
In order to complete an immigration file, all international students must provide the following:

  • Affidavit of support in the minimum amount of $33,093

  • Current bank statement

  • Certificate of Finance Form


  • Financial Guarantee – Third Party

  • SEVIS Foreign Student Advisor’s Report if currently in the US on an F1 visa


  • Foreign Permanent Address (this cannot be a PO box number.

The additional information (or questions) Patricia.Lluckett@tsu.edu.  Ms. Luckett may be reached by email or by calling 713.313.7071.

Apply Now!  Please complete the LL.M. application here and submit the required $55.00 application fee online through LSAC.

Tuition Cost:

In State Students:
Tuition and Fees for 24 credit hours: 
$16,581.84*                  *Other fees may apply

Tuition Cost for Out of State/Foreign Students:
Tuition and Fees for 24 credit hours:
$22,197.84*                  *Other fees may apply

Total Cost of Attendance:
Add:   $20,819.28 to the relevant tuition, to cover board and room, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation.  

*This tuition rate assumes that a student completes 24 credits of coursework during the program at the in-state student rate. Students pay by the credit hour and will be charged additional tuition for coursework above 24 credits. The Thurgood Marshall School of Law is a state-assisted institution, with tuition and fees set by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Southern University Board of Regents and subject to change without notice.

*An additional charge is made for required health insurance for international students unless the student has evidence of coverage.

For admission and tuition questions and concerns, Admissions at (713.313.7114) or Email: lawadmissions@tsu.edu or Pearly Pendenque at  713.313.1003 or Email: Pearly. Pendenque@tmsl.tsu.edu



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Organizational Structure

Acting Dean of Admissions
Michelle Rahman
Office Number: 214, Second Floor

Pearly Pendenque
LL.M. Office Administrator

Karen Percival
Financial Aid Counselor

Fernando Colon-Navarro, Esq.
Professor of Law and LL.M. Program Director
Phone:  713.313.1918

Vy Nguyen, Esq.
Clinical Professor and L.L.M. Ass’t Program Director


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