College of Law

International Students

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We welcome students from next door and around the globe. International students are encouraged to contact the Law Admissions Office regarding the following programs.

The University's Office of International Student & Scholar Services is also a helpful resource.


An applicant who has not earned or substantially completed a post-secondary degree from an institution whose primary language of instruction is English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent recognized test of English language proficiency and to demonstrate an acceptable proficiency level. As an example, successful applicants to the Two-year JD Program typically have a TOEFL score of approximately 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test, or a score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. The College of Law's school identification number is 003131-00.

The Law Admissions Office may also require an in-person or telephone interview with a member of the Admissions Committee and a personal essay or other writing sample.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits can I transfer from my non-U.S. legal studies towards the JD degree?
As an international student, you may apply up to 29 credit hours from a law school outside the U.S. toward a JD at Toledo Law. This puts you on course to earn a JD from Toledo Law in two years instead of the normal three years.

Is there a required TOEFL, IETLs, or other English language proficiency examination?
To be accepted, you must meet English language proficiency requirements including an acceptable TOEFL, IETLS, or other score on an accepted standardized English language proficiency examination or demonstrated proficiency in an oral interview with College of Law faculty. These requirements are designed to determine if you have the English language skills necessary to succeed in your American law studies.

Why a two-year JD program for internationally-trained law school graduates?
The two-year program is more cost-effective than a traditional three-year JD program. Through our program, you are able to earn the JD degree in two rather than three years, saving you both time and money. This program can also be used together with another program of study to earn a joint degree.

Can I earn other joint degrees while at The University of Toledo?
A highly-motivated student may also apply to enter our other joint degree programs, and we are prepared to work with you to meet your needs for interdisciplinary study.

Why the JD degree and not an LLM degree?
Our JD program offers international students an authentic American law school experience and degree. Many LLM programs are designed solely for international students and do not provide an equivalent educational experience to the JD degree. Unlike the international student LLM, the JD degree qualifies you to enter into the legal profession in the U.S. Accordingly, earning a JD degree is more attractive and useful if you are interested in practicing law than the largely academic-focused LLM degree.

What is the Law School Admission Council?
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. More than 200 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council and benefit from LSAC's services. All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are LSAC members.

Founded in 1947, the Council is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAC also processes academic credentials for law school applicants, provides essential software and information for admission offices and applicants, conducts educational conferences for law school professionals and prelaw advisors, sponsors and publishes research, funds diversity and other outreach grant programs, and publishes LSAT preparation books and law school guides, among many other services.

What type of financial aid is available to international students?
Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible for financial aid from the U.S. federal government. Some private lenders may provide loans if the student has a sponsor in the United States who is willing to sign the loan for the student.

All applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships from Toledo Law. You do not need to apply separately for a scholarship, as your file will be concurrently reviewed for admission and scholarship awards. You will be notified by mail if a scholarship has been awarded. Scholarships cover instructional costs, but do not cover living expenses, books, or miscellaneous expenses.

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Last Updated: 7/3/19