LLM Entrance Requirements

In order to be eligible for the LLM in International Legal Studies, applicants must:

    1.Have completed a law degree at a U.S. law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or at a foreign law school with equivalent standards.

    2. Submit a completed application form along with supporting materials before the application deadline.

    3. Provide proof of competency in English.

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. This requirement is waived only for applicants who have completed a higher degree program from an accredited U.S. institution. Photocopies of test reports will not be accepted.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    A minimum TOEFL score of 580 paper based test or 93 internet based test.*
    The TOEFL institution code for the ILSP LLM application is 5007 and the department code is 03.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE).
    A minimum PTE score of 63.*
    The Pearson program code for the ILSP LLM is X1Q-XN-69.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    A minimum IELTS score of 6.5.*

  • 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.

*With a strong overall record, conditional admission of an applicant with a TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score lower than 580 ( 93 ibt), 63 PTE, 6.5 IELTS is possible. In such cases, the English for Lawyers class will be mandatory for such students.

Starting in summer 2013, applicants with a strong overall record, but who could benefit from more support in academic research, writing, reading, and oral communication skills in order to be successful in the LLM program may be invited to participate in the Graduate International Gateway Program (IGP); a semester-long, academic bridge program. Applicants cannot apply directly for IGP. In order to participate in IGP, you must apply directly to the LLM program and receive an offer of admission with an invitation to IGP.

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.