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English Language Requirements, JD, SJD & LLM Applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language

Applicants to the College of Law JD, SJD and LLM 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 SJD applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the Internet-based test or 620 paper-based test.
  • LLM applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 92 on the Internet-based test or 580 on the 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

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) total score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0, may be used to satisfy the English language requirement. All IELTS test takers will be required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation.