Israel LLM Resources

This page is a resource for Israeli lawyers who would like to attend a U.S. LLM program or a U.S. based online LLM program.

Obtaining a U.S. Visa for Israeli Students

In order to travel to the United States and complete an LLM degree at a U.S. law school, lawyers from Israel must obtain a student F-1 visa. Before beginning the visa application process, a lawyer should decide on a law school and receive acceptance notification. The school will provide a signed I-20 form verifying the student’s acceptance. The visa application process can begin after this form is received by the student.

These are the steps required to obtain an F-1 visa in Israel:

  • Register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and pay the $200 registration fee. All U.S. student visa holders are tracked by the U.S. government through this program.

  • Electronically submit the DS-160 online visa application and pay the $160 fee. Once this step has been completed, an interview at the U.S. Embassy can be scheduled.

Visa interviews are held at the embassy in Tel Aviv. The U.S. Embassy website provides detailed information about preparing for the interview and the interview process. The website also provides details about how much time is required for visa processing. Students who are under time constraints may be eligible for expedited processing.

Bring a current passport and two identical passport-type photos to the visa interview. The passport must be valid for six months longer than the LLM program. Applicants must also present financial evidence showing that they can cover their tuition and living expenses while in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Israel needs assurance that visa applicants do not intend to stay in the United States. Most applicants are required to provide evidence of significant ties to Israel, such as a letter from a current or future employer or bank statements that show proof of employment.

For complete details about obtaining an F-1 visa and traveling to the United States as a student, visit the U.S. Embassy website.

LLM Resources for Israeli Lawers

Lawyers who are interested in participating in an LLM program in the United States, will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of LLM scholarships for international students.

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

Lawyers from Israel who are enrolled in U.S. LLM programs may want to join the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ). The AAJLJ is an advocate for the Jewish legal community in America and works to defend human rights and Jewish interests in the U.S. and around the world. The association sponsors speakers, continuing legal education and networking events at annual meetings of the American Bar Association. It promotes the study of law through publications such as The Tribunal.

National Jewish Law Students Association

LLM students from Israel may also want to join the National Jewish Law Students Association (NJLSA). The association represents Jewish law students at more than 195 U.S. law schools. The NJLSA’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish law students and helping them contribute to Jewish people and their communities around the world. Registration in the NJLSA is free for law students.