International Health Law Applicants
Consistent with the Beazley Institute's study of health systems outside the United States, we encourage international students to apply for our graduate degree programs. The following information is intended for applicants who are not citizens of the United States.
Every international applicant should visit the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) website. ISSS provides support and services to Loyola’s international students, including information on visas and residency.
International students are encouraged to take the TOEFL and begin the application process
as early as possible to avoid delays in receiving admissions-related services. The specific application requirements for international students include a complete application and all supporting documentation and an official TOEFL score if required. To be admitted into Loyola’s health law degree programs, international applicants must be proficient in English, as demonstrated by a sufficient TOEFL score.
You are required to submit with your application TOEFL examination results if you are a citizen of a country other than the United States or have or will be getting a visa to study in the US and come from a country that does not have English as one of its official languages. You are exempt from taking the TOEFL if you are a citizen of a country other than the US and your country of citizenship has English as its native language. The admissions committee generally requires a TOEFL score of between 600-630 PBT (paper-based), 250-267 CBT (computer-based), or 100-109 iBT (internet-based) for admission. Scores submitted in support of your application can be no more than two years old and must be sent directly to the Law School from the Education Testing Service (ETS).
For those international applicants who may have completed coursework in the US or who have worked in a position that required proficiency in English, the requirement to submit TOEFL examination scores may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee. Under these circumstances and circumstances where one has not met the generally required TOEFL scores, the admissions committee may require the applicant to complete a supplement English proficiency course through Loyola University Chicago’s Office of International Programs. You may receive more information on the TOEFL examination and scoring at www.toefl.org.
Applicants who received their law degrees in Canada must have attended law schools accredited by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Students from all other countries must meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the licensing examination in their country to be considered for admission.
Transcripts and Credentials
All applicants who received their undergraduate degree or law degree from institutions outside of the United States must have their academic credentials and academic transcripts evaluated, including a general with grade average report of the evaluation. Go to www.ece.org (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) for information on this service and to download an application. The evaluation is to be sent to Loyola directly from the credential service to the addresses below.
For MJ and LLM applicants, to:
Graduate Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Lewis Towers 800
Chicago, IL 60611
For SJD and DLaw applicants, to:
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 East Pearson Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
State Bar Examinations
Some states may allow attorneys who hold foreign law degrees and an LLM from an accredited law school in the US to sit for the bar exam. This option would only apply to students who complete their LLM study on campus and meet other requirements as mandated by each state. Students must check the individual requirements of each state they seek to practice in.