International Students

J.D. Applicants

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 and submit credentials to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for translation and evaluation. 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) or the IELTS. The TOEFL or IELTS should be taken by February 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 or IELTS of 7.5 to be minimally acceptable.

LL.M. Applicants

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 score, or an IELTS score of 7 for admission to either track of the LL.M. program. All candidates also must successfully complete a telephone interview with the Office of Admissions in order to establish the necessary fluency in English. 

Candidates with a TOEFL score between 85-89 or an IELTS score of 6.5 may be conditionally admitted to the General Track LL.M. Program after the phone interview and at the discretion of the Dean’s Office in consultation with the University. 

Application and Deadline

Submit the application at The application is open from December 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020 for entry in August of 2020. Applications cannot be considered until all application materials are received.

  • Application form completed and signed
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, indicating law degree conferred
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Copy of passport

Center for Global Engagement

If accepted, the LL.M. program staff will work closely with you, in cooperation with the Center for Global Engagement, concerning visa and other international student issues. LL.M. students must provide financial documentation showing their ability to pay for the cost of attendance in order to receive a visa.

Learn More

Learn more about the Foreign Lawyer LL.M. Degree.