International Admission Requirements

The University of Louisville Law School welcomes the interest of international students. To study in the United States requires substantial preparation and careful advance planning. The School of Law offers a 90 credit hours Juris Doctor Degree with a full-time and part-time program. The University of Louisville does not offer a Masters in Law (LL.M) Degree. It is recommended that International applicants apply by the March 15 deadline.

International students are billed at the non-resident tuition rate. Foreign students are eligible for the same institutional scholarship opportunities as U.S. citizens or resident aliens. However, all federally funded student aid programs are available only for U.S. citizens or eligible resident aliens.

 

Application Checklist

JD Credential Assembly Service (JD CAS) for Foreign-Educated Applicants if:

  • you received your undergraduate degree from a foreign institution, OR
  • you were directly enrolled at a foreign institution(s) and the total amount of work you completed at all foreign institutions combined is the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study in the US, its territories, or Canada.

To use JD CAS, you must register for the Credential Assembly Service and you must request that the appropriate documents (e.g., mark sheets, degree certifications, transcripts) be sent directly to LSAC from the institution(s) you attended.

Financial Statement

You will be asked to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to support your educational and living expenses for the duration of your studies in the United States. All international applicants should complete the Financial Declaration for International Students form located at http://admissions.louisville.edu/app/intl-dec.html. All applicants who will require or who now have a non-immigrant visa should complete the International Student Application Supplement/Financial Disclosure form located at https://vhost.louisville.edu/student/services/admissions/app/intl-isasfd.php. The University reserves the right to require an advance deposit equal to two semester's tuition and fees as proof of sufficient financial resources.

When you have met all requirements of the International Student Center, the University will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for Student or IAP-66 for Exchange Visitor). This certificate is necessary to obtain a U.S. visa. The certificate, along with a valid passport and proof of sufficient financial support for your studies, should be taken to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country. We also recommend that you contact the local U.S. Consulate or Embassy for advice and reference materials about U.S. colleges and universities.

Please do not make arrangements for travel to the U.S. until you receive a written offer of admission from the University of Louisville and approval of your I-20 or IAP-66 form.

 

TOEFL Requirement

Effective 2011, the TOEFL will be required for all international applicants, EXCEPT for those who attended an institution in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Commonwealth of the Caribbean, Australia, or New Zealand.

All classes are conducted in English and all exams are administered in English.  Non-native speakers of English must submit proof of a minimum TOEFL score of 220 (paper-based 550) to be accepted by Louisville Law.  The study of law is challenging and students must have a high degree of proficiency in English to be successful.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee begins its evaluation of files in December of the year before admission, with the majority of decisions made in the period from mid-January to mid-April. Every applicant will receive notification as to the status of the application (accept, hold, deny) shortly after the initial review by the Admission Committee.


Those applicants who are placed on hold by the Committee will be reconsidered in the spring after more information is available on the entire group of applicants. The most promising applicants remaining on hold after admission decisions are completed in the spring will be placed on a wait list and kept informed of their status over the summer months.

Upon acceptance

Admitted students will be required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with a tuition seat deposit, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester. The deadline will be stated on the letter of admission. Failure to meet the deadline will result in admission revocation. The seat deposit (for the fall term) is refundable if a written request for refund is received by June 1. Admitted students are also required to submit two official degree showing transcripts and passport-sized photographs. More information is given at the time of admission.

Please do not make arrangements for travel to the U.S. until you receive a written offer of admission from the University of Louisville and approval of your I-20 or IAP-66 form.