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English Language Requirements, JD, LLM, MSL, SJD, Two-Year Juris Doctor Program (for foreign-trained lawyers) and 3 + 3 Applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language

Applicants to the College of Law JD, LLM, MSL, SJD, Two-Year Juris Doctor Program (for foreign-trained lawyers) and 3 + 3 programs whose first language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), except for those who:

  • have completed a bachelor’s degree at an Accredited University in the U.S.;
  • have an equivalent degree from an accredited university in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom; or
  • submit acceptable alternative evidence of a high degree of proficiency in English.

Otherwise:

  • JD and Two-Year Juris Doctor Program (for foreign-trained lawyers) applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the Internet-based test or 620 paper-based test.
  • LLM applicants suggested minimum for the TOEFL score is 92 on the Internet-based test or 580 paper-based test.
  • SJD applicants suggested minimum for the TOEFL score is 100 on the Internet-based test or 600 paper-based test.

Scores must be reported to the university directly from the testing agency. The university's TOEFL school code is 6681. For more information, visit www.ets.org/toefl.

Alternative to the TOEFL

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be used to satisfy the English language requirement. 

  • JD and Two Year Juris Doctor Program (for foreign-trained lawyers) applicants must have a total score of 8.0 with no subscore less than 7.0.
  • LLM applicants suggested minimums are a total score of 7.0 with no subscores less than 6.5.
  • SJD applicants suggested minimums are a total score of 7.5 with no subscores less than 7.0.

All IELTS test takers will be required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation.