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, 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 Master of Laws Foreign Lawyer 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 90 TOEFL examination with a section score of 20 for listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Candidates must successfully complete a telephone interview in order to establish the necessary fluency. The telephone interview is waivable at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Enrollment.
Application and Deadline
Download the Duquesne University School of Law LL.M. application via www.LSAC.org or here. The application deadline is April 30 for entry in August of that year. Applications cannot be considered until all application materials are received.
- Application form completed and signed
- Official TOEFL score report (indicating a score of 90 or above)
- Official transcript of all law school work, indicating degree conferred
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation
- Copy of passport
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. LLM students must provide financial documentation showing their ability to pay for the cost of attendance in order to receive a visa.
Learn more about the Foreign Lawyer LL.M. Degree.