Non-U.S. Citizen Information
English Language Proficiency Testing Requirements
General Requirement: Notre Dame Law School welcomes applications from citizens of other countries. However, 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) exam. The Law School Admissions Committee prefers that international students take the TOEFL; however, they are able to accept the official results of IELTS exams. The Admissions Committee also prefers that an applicant sit for either the TOEFL or IELTS within one year of the time that they apply to the Law School.
Waiver: Candidates who have received a post-secondary degree from a U.S. college or university (BA, MA, PhD, MBA, etc.) are exempt from this requirement. Applicants possessing an extraordinary ability for the English language (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 by submitting an electronic request to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Waiver requests will be reviewed 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.
Exam Scoring To be competitive for admission, applicants should attempt to attain a minimum score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL with a 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. Students taking the IELTS should attempt to achieve an overall band score of 7.5 or higher.
Exam Taking and Results Submission: When registering for an exam, please note the University of Notre Dame institution code is 1841. That said, applicants must have copies of their official TOEFL or IETLS exam score report forwarded to LSAC directly. Please do not send official score reports to Notre Dame Law School unless specifically requested by the Office of Admissions.
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. 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.
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 the Admissions Committee determines there is a need to review a TOEFL or IELTS exam score report, contact the respective testing service to request that your TOEFL or IELTS 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 where you have received academic credit and send it to each institution promptly. Additional time is often required by LSAC to receive and process 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 in the Law School must provide proof of financial support documenting enough financial resources to cover the entire cost of attendance for the duration of the three year degree program.