Nigeria LLM Resources

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

Obtaining a U.S. Student Visa for Nigerian Students

Prospective LLM students from Nigeria who plan to attend law school in the United States must obtain a non-immigrant visa. After applying to a law school and receiving acceptance notification, Nigerians are eligible to begin the process of obtaining an academic F visa. The first step in the visa application process is paying a non-refundable visa application fee. In most cases, the visa fee is $160. Once the fee has been paid, the applicant can schedule a visa interview.

In order to ensure that all Nigerian students obtain their academic F visa in a timely manner, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria provides an online portal where students can schedule an interview, pay fees and complete necessary forms. The Mission to Nigeria reports that demand for student visas is especially high at the end of the year. Students are advised to schedule their visa interview as soon as possible after paying their application fee.

These steps must be followed to obtain a U.S. non-immigrant visa in Nigeria:

  • Apply and receive acceptance notification from a U.S. law school. The school must supply an endorsed I-20 form.

  • Pay the application fee for the visa ($160) at a designated GT Bank branch.

  • Complete the online non-immigrant visa application (form DS-160).

  • Schedule the visa interview. The applicant’s passport number, fee payment receipt and the 10-digit bar code number from the DS-160 confirmation page are required during the scheduling process.

  • Register with SEVIS and pay the $200 registration fee. SEVIS, which stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, is a database used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to track students with visas while they reside in the United States.

The interview will take place at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos or the United States Embassy in Abuja. Documents required for the interview include a copy of the interview confirmation letter, the GT Bank fee payment receipt and the DS-160 confirmation page. The applicant’s current and previous passports, and two recent color photos are also required. The passport must be valid for at least six months longer than the length of the student’s academic program.

Nigerian LLM Resources

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.

Nigerian lawyers enrolled in LLM programs at U.S. law schools can benefit from membership in the Nigerian Lawyers Association (NLA). This non-partisan association, which is based in New York, represents Nigerian lawyers in the United States and around the globe. The NLA’s objectives include serving the needs of the Nigerian legal community and helping the Nigerian community as a whole obtain legal services. NLA programs of interest to students include legal internships, scholarships, continuing legal education, speaker series and networking opportunities. Students of Nigerian descent must pay a one-time $50 registration fee to join the NLA but are exempt from annual membership dues.