College of Law

International Students

Two-Year JD Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

A student who has substantially completed the requirements for or is a graduate of a non-U.S. law program that qualifies a student for the practice of law in another country may be admitted to the Toledo Law JD program with advanced standing.

The Dean shall review the student’s transcript and determine which courses, if any, and the number of credit hours, if any, that the College of Law may accept. A student admitted with advanced standing shall be granted up to 29 credit hours towards advanced standing for law studies completed outside the U.S. and thereby be eligible to earn the JD degree in two academic years.

Complete program details

Admission Application

Applicants living outside the United States should apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Toledo Law does not require an application fee.

When selecting the application type, please select “JD-2 Year for Foreign-Trained Lawyers.” Please attach an addendum to your application that states your intent to be admitted with advanced standing as a foreign-trained lawyer. Please include the name of your law degree, the country in which it was earned, and the date it was or will be completed.

LSAT & LSAC Credential Assembly Service

All 2 Year JD program students are required to take the Law School Admission Test (unless applying under a Memorandum of Understanding from a partner school) and register for the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS).


The LSAC Credential Assembly Service will complete a transcript and credential evaluation for all foreign-trained applicants.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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 need not apply for a scholarship; 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.

Financial Support

After admission, you are required to provide an original letter of financial support from your sponsor's bank or an original letter of financial support from your scholarship organization. This letter must be dated within six months of enrollment. 

If you have a Green Card, we do not need a sponsor letter.

If your spouse or child will stay with you in the U.S. while you complete your studies, your financial support evidence should indicate additional support for your spouse of $3,000.00 (yearly), and $2,000.00 (yearly) for each child.

Course Work

In addition to completing the first-year curriculum at Toledo Law, students admitted with advanced standing to the Two-Year JD Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers should be prepared to take the following courses (required courses noted in bold):

  • Upper-Level Writing (2 experiences)
  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure – Jurisdiction 
  • Constitutional Law-Rights  
  • Criminal Procedure – Investigations 
  • Legal Ethics 
  • Evidence 
  • Secured Transactions 
  • Experiential Learning (6 credits)
  • Trusts and Estates 

Students will meet with the associate dean for academic affairs during their first year to discuss second-year course schedules at Toledo Law.

Last Updated: 7/3/19