LL.M. Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for an LL.M., applicants must:
- Hold a Juris Doctor (JD) from a US law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or a first degree in law from a foreign law school with equivalent standards.
- Submit a completed application form along with supporting documents before the application deadline
- International applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Applicants to the LL.M. in International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law will be expected to have two years of prior experience in the legal profession.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must take a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam and meet the minimum scores indicated below.
Exceptions to this policy will be granted to applicants who:
A. Hold a first degree in law from an institution where English is the language of instruction and an official language of the country in which the university is located is English, (see complete list of countries eligible for exception below)
B. Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency (see complete list of acceptable accrediting agencies below).
English language test scores may not be more than two years old. Please visit the sites below to arrange for a test date or to request scores to be sent to American University.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- The institution code for American University Washington College of Law is 8188 and the department code is 03.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Pearsons Test of English (PTE)
English Language Minimum Scores
To be considered for admission, the minimum required scores are as follows:
- TOEFL 84 ibt or 563 paper based
- IELTS 6.5
- PTE Academic 56
Please note: The scores above are the minimum scores for admissions consideration. Meeting the minimum score requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. If you do not meet the minimum requirement, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions regarding English Language Programs available through American University.
I. List of Countries Eligible for Exception
- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
* Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.
II. List of Acceptable Accrediting Agencies
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
- New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Post secondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing)
- North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
- Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education
- Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Post secondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
VISA Requirements 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, in order to receive an I-20 form upon admission. The I-20 allows the student to apply for an 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 an issue 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. Since 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, issued within three months of application
- 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.