Non-U.S. Citizen Information
Notre Dame Law School welcomes applications from citizens of other countries. In addition to the application procedures established for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, international applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); non-native English speakers who have been awarded a baccalaureate from a U.S. university are exempted. If you have an extraordinary ability for the English language (i.e. worked as a translator, taught English, earned a degree from an English speaking country, etc.) you may request a waiver from the TOEFL requirement. All waiver requests must be submitted in writing to the Admissions Office. We will review all requests on a case-by-case basis. If your waiver request is denied, your application will not be complete and reviewed until the TOEFL score is on file.
Applicants must attain a minimum score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL with minimum scores of 25 in each of the three sections (listening, structure/writing, and reading), at least 100 points on the internet-based TOEFL (IBT) with minimum scores of 25 in each section, or at least 600 points on the paper-based TOEFL with minimum scores of 60 in each section. Scores must be no more than 2 years old from the date of the TOEFL test. The University of Notre Dame institution code is 1841. Notre Dame prefers the TOEFL; however, we can accept the official results of IELTS. Students must achieve an overall band score of 7.5 or higher.
LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
We require that foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. Any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada must use this service for the evaluation of foreign transcripts. Exceptions to this requirement is the foreign work completed through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.
The Credential Assembly Service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document in addition to your LSDAS law school report.
To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts.
Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
Financing Law School
International applicants should be aware of the financial resources required to attend our program for three years. Though international applicants will be considered for scholarship and grant assistance, such aid typically covers only a portion of tuition and does not cover living expenses. The Law School does not provide any teaching assistantships or tuition waivers for citizens of other countries. Admitted International students intending to enroll must provide proof of financial support documenting enough financial resources to pay for the cost of attendance.