Non-U.S. Citizen Information
The Admissions Committee welcomes and encourages applications from citizens of other countries. The following information outlines a few of the specific requirements unique to our international applicants as well as guidelines for submitting documents to the Admissions Committee.
English Proficiency Requirement
Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The Admissions Committee prefers the TOEFL. The Admissions Committee also prefers that applicants sit for either the TOEFL or IELTS within one year of the time that they apply to the Law School.
Applicants who have received a post-secondary degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., M.B.A., etc.) from a college or university in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
If an applicant has an extraordinary ability for the English language (e.g., have worked as a translator, taught English, received a post-secondary degree from a college or university in an English-speaking country, etc.), may request a waiver from this requirement. Applicants should submit this request to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions Committee will review waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. Where a waiver request is denied, the applicant’s application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until either a TOEFL or IELTS score is on file.
To be competitive for admission, applicants should attempt to obtain 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. Students taking the IELTS should attempt to achieve an overall band score of 7.5 or higher.
Applicants must send copies of the official TOEFL or IELTS reports directly to LSAC for inclusion in their CAS report. Please do not send official score reports to Notre Dame Law School unless specifically requested by the Office of Admissions.
If the Admissions Committee determines there is a need to review a TOEFL or IELTS exam score report, the applicant must contact the respective testing service to request that the report be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058.
Applicants must submit their all transcripts from foreign institutions to LSAC via the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. Excepted from this requirement is 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.
LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
Notre Dame Law School requires each applicant to register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. Notre Dame’s number for use of the service is 1841. A candidate’s CAS Report will include their LSAT score, TOEFL or IELTS score, post-secondary transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
Foreign transcripts will be evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
LSAC often requires additional time to receive and process foreign transcripts. As such, the Admissions Committee recommends that foreign applicants be sure to submit their Transcript Request Forms promptly and that the applicant maintain a personal record of each request.
Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.
Financing Law School
International citizens should be aware of the financial resources required to attend Notre Dame Law School 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 in the Law School must provide proof of financial support documenting sufficient financial resources to cover the entire cost of attendance for the duration of the three year degree program. The costs for the 2016-2017 academic year may be found here.