Test of English as a Foreign Language

Applicants to the College of Law JD, 3+3, Advanced Standing JD for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, LLM, SJD, and MSL 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, 3+3, and Advanced Standing JD for Foreign-Trained Lawyers applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the Internet-based test or 620 paper-based test.
  • LLM and MSL applicants suggested minimum for the TOEFL score is 92 on the Internet-based test or 580 paper-based test.
  • SJD applicants are not required to take the TOEFL, but documentation of English capability strengthens the application. Documentation may include evidence of TOEFL score over two years old.

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, 3+3, and Advanced Standing JD for Foreign-Trained Lawyers applicants must have a total score of 8.0 with no subscore less than 7.0.
  • LLM and MSL applicants suggested minimums are a total score of 7.0 with no subscores less than 6.5.

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