|LL.M. Business Law Admission Requirements
Because the LL.M. (Business Law) Program leads to a graduate degree in law, applicants must already possess a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or other recognized first degree in law.
Applicants are responsible for assembling and submitting all required documents by the application deadline of the term for which they are applying. The application must include the following:
- A completed application form, using the official form provided by the LL.M. (Business Law) Program (available on request as part of the application package).
- Official transcripts or mark sheet from universities previously attended.
- A 1 to 2-page personal statement.
- Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation in English from referees able to evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities. Materials for this purpose are in the application package.
- Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or CUTEP [Chulalongkorn University Test of English Proficiency]) unless applicant uses English as a mother tongue.
- Three (3) small color photographs of the applicant’s face (3cm x 4cm).
- One photocopy of home registration (for Thai citizens), or information page of passport or official ID card for international students
The application package costs 1,000 Thai baht and, for residents of Thailand, can be purchased online from the Program’s website. Overseas applicants may request an application package by email, with payment of the 1,000 Thai baht fee deferred until acceptance and commencement of study in Bangkok. Applications should be submitted between November and April prior to the term in which enrollment is desired. Applicants may be called for an interview in January, March, or May for each year, depending on when their application is received. For those applicants unable to attend an interview in person at Chulalongkorn University, a telephone or video interview will be arranged.
For non-native speakers of English, all applicants who are accepted into the Program with an Internet based (iBT) TOEFL score of less then 79 (or less than IELTS 6.0 or CU-TEP 80) are required to attend a one-month preliminary Introduction to Legal Study in English course, taken on a pass/fail non-credit basis. Moreover, such students are on probation and, to remain in the Program, must attain a “B” average or better at the end of their first semester of study. The Introduction to Legal Study in English course, offered each year from approximately late May to late June, is also highly recommended for all incoming students. It is designed to provide improved English language skills in reading comprehension, composition writing, as well as practice in speaking and listening. An additional fee of 12,000 baht is charged for this special course.
Tuition and Fees
The total cost for the non-thesis LL.M. Program, inclusive of all course materials, is 412,000 Thai baht and is payable in equal installments in July, November, and March. The cost for students wishing to take the optional all-inclusive overseas trip is 502,000 Thai baht. The cost for the two-year thesis track program is 447,000 Thai baht (537,000 Thai baht with the overseas trip), but is payable in six equal installments over the two academic years rather than three installments over one year.
Included in the tuition are 3-day, 2-night retreats held each year in early July at a resort outside of Bangkok. For the graduating students, it is an opportunity to prepare for the public presentation of their research papers under the supervision of the Program administrators. For the incoming students, the retreat provides the class sessions normally scheduled for that time period, as well as a relaxed atmosphere for meeting one another early in the semester.
Chula Law Scholarships
Each year the Program may award the equivalent of two full scholarships (either 100% or portions thereof) in the form of tuition waivers for study at the Faculty of Law. (Recipients remain responsible for paying the university fee of 23,000 Thai baht each semester.) In awarding a “Chula Law Scholarship,” the Program will consider factors such as academic merit, financial need, and diversity. Persons wishing to apply for such a scholarship should, at the time of submitting their application to the Program, enclose a separate signed statement setting forth the reasons why the applicant believes he or she is deserving of such an award. The decision to grant scholarships in an academic year will be made by the Program (and the recipients informed) no later than one week before the beginning of regular classes.
A non-resident applicant approved for admission will receive a formal acceptance letter which may be used to apply for a short-term non-immigrant visa from the Thai Embassy closest to the applicant. This visa will allow the approved student to enter the Kingdom of Thailand as a non-tourist. Once in Bangkok, and after registering with the university, the Program will assist the student to obtain a one-year student visa. Thereafter, students wishing to leave Thailand but return, such as for a home visit, will be required to also obtain a Re-Entry Permit, as departure from Thailand without a Permit will cancel the visa