Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at an institution outside of the United States are eligible to be considered for admission to the J.D. program. Foreign-degree applicants must complete all requirements for domestic applicants including registering with the Law School Admission Council (Credential Assembly Service). Foreign transcripts should be sent to LSAC for evaluation and translation. LSAC will then send your CAS report to Duquesne.
Foreign-degree candidates whose primary language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL should be taken by March 1 of the year in which you plan to enroll. The deadline to submit the application is the same as that for new domestic applicants (i.e., April 1 for the Full-Time Day Division and May 1 for the Part-Time Division), but it is suggested that foreign degree candidates apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time for credentials evaluation.
The Admissions Committee will generally consider a total TOEFL score of 100 to be minimally acceptable.
Consideration for admission to Duquesne University School of Law's LL.M. program is limited to:
- Candidates who have fulfilled the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in a foreign country, including a law degree from an institution recognized by the competent accrediting agency of the government of the foreign country
- Candidates attending a foreign institution with a joint LL.B./LL.M. degree agreement with Duquesne University School of Law, who have completed three years of their LL.B. degree program at their home institution, and will complete their fourth year of study of law at the Duquesne University School of Law by earning an LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers as part of this joint degree
English language ability must meet or exceed a 95 TOEFL examination and candidates must successfully complete a telephone interview in order to establish the necessary fluency. The telephone interview is waivable at the discretion of the LL.M. Coordinator. For applicants with a TOEFL score of 90 to 95, the Dean's office and the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management shall have discretion to admit students, in consultation with the LL.M. Coordinator and the ESL department, after reviewing their TOEFL scores as a whole and in the four key sub-categories, and after conducting a telephone interview with the candidate.
Application and Deadline
Office of International Programs
If accepted, the LL.M. program staff will work closely with you, in cooperation with the Office of International Programs, concerning visa and other international student issues.
Read about the Foreign Lawyer LL.M. Degree.