College of Law

International Students

Course Work to Qualify for State Bar Exams

Toledo Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution and offers courses that currently qualify foreign-trained attorneys for state bar exams in multiple jurisdictions.

States differ in their requirements for foreign law school graduates, and it is essential that you read and understand the current rules for the state whose bar exam you wish to take. For additional information, see “Chart 4: Eligibility to Take the Bar Examination: Foreign Law School Graduates” in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements at

Master of Studies in Law Program

For students who wish to obtain a degree while taking courses to prepare for an American state bar exam, Toledo Law offers the Masters of Studies in Law (MLW) program. The MSL degree requires 30 credit hours in courses that prepare a graduate of a foreign law school for a state bar exam.

The MSL degree is not a Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Laws (LLM) degree; more information on Toledo Law’s two-year JD program for foreign-trained lawyers is here.

Recommended Course Work

Students taking additional course work at Toledo Law to qualify to sit for an American state bar examination are encouraged to take the following courses, which are subjects tested on the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE):

  • Constitutional Law I and II (6 credit hours)
  • Contracts I and II (6 credit hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 credit hours)
  • Criminal Procedure (3 credit hours)
  • Evidence (4 credit hours)
  • Property I and II (6 credit hours)
  • Torts (4 credit hours)

Admission Application

The application for admission to take course work to qualify for a state bar exam is available here. There is no application fee.

Last Updated: 7/3/19