Entrance Requirements

Washington College of Law

LL.M. Entrance Requirements

  1. Applicants must have completed a law degree at an ABA accredited U.S. law school, or at a foreign law school with equivalent standards.
  2. Submit complete application form before deadline and be selected for admission.
  3. Provide proof of competency in English.
  4. Meet visa requirements for international applicants.
  5. Once admitted, applicant must complete the Newly-Admitted Student Requirements.

Proof of Competency in English

Applicants whose first language is not English must take one of four tests for English competency, either the TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or ILEC exam. It is not necessary to take all four. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive exam scores. Photocopies of test reports will not be accepted.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper based test or 100 internet based test is required.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE). A minimum PTE score of 68 is required.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required.

  • International Legal English Certificate (ILEC). To have your official ILEC scores sent directly to our office, please visit the Verification of Results site, fill in the provided form, and then click the submit button.

Visas for International Applicants

Non-U.S. citizens must submit the Certification of Finances for International Students (CFIS) and appropriate financial documentation with their application or after being admitted to receive an I-20 form upon admission. The I-20 allows the student to apply for the F-1 (student) visa. Failure to return the CFIS will result in a delay in the issuance of the I-20. Students studying under other nonimmigrant visa categories will be contacted if there is a problem with their visa status.

Most international students attend WCL on an F-1 visa. A new visa can be acquired only at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Because visa application procedures vary by location, please contact the U.S. embassy or consulate where you plan to apply for your visa.

Required documents for your visa application:

  • Signed and valid I-20

  • Valid passport

  • Financial documents for at least one full academic year, dated within three months

  • Official admission letter

  • Application and application fee (provided at the U.S. embassy or consulate)

  • Supporting documents to provide evidence of intent to return to your home country, such as family ties, property, or a job in your country

Please contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services for more information.

Newly-Admitted Students

Tuition Deposit:
Newly-admitted students must submit a tuition deposit of $350 within five weeks after notification of acceptance. If the deposit is not made within this time, the applicant's admission to the program will be rescinded automatically. Deposits are credited against tuition charges for the entering semester. Complete deposit instructions are included with the letter of admission. Tuition deposits are non-refundable.

New Student Orientation:
All incoming students must attend the Orientation held the week before classes each semester. Fall semester classes usually begin the third week of August. Spring semester classes usually begin the second week of January. Exact dates are posted on the Academic Calendar on the WCL website.