Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

International Applicants

Every year students from all over the world apply to Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  As an international student, you have additional documents that will be required. We have listed all the items below that are needed to complete your application. 

1. A completed  JD application for admission submitted online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.

2. There is no application fee.
3. All information should be submitted by the application deadlines.
4. The results of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
5. One academic letter of recommendation
6. A two-page personal statement, as stated in the application. There is a one-page optional statement that can be submitted. Instructions are listed in the application.
7. Evaluation of foreign transcripts. A JD-CAS is required. Applicants who received their undergraduate degree from institutions outside of the United States may be asked to have their academic credentials evaluated by another organization in addition to the JD-CAS. If requested by the JD Law Admission Officea complete course by course report of the evaluation must be sent directly to the law admission office from the evaluation service. The law school recognizes evaluations from:Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) 

  • P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee WI 53203-3470
  • World Education Services, Inc.(WES)
    P.O. Box 11623
    Chicago IL 60611-0623

8. The TOEFL is required, if you are from a country which does not have English as its first language. The results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam may be required under the following conditions: If you are originally from another country which does not have English as its native language AND you attended college/university outside the US, in a country that does not have English as its native language, to receive the equivalent of your Bachelor's degree, you will need to take the TOEFL.  You are exempt from taking the TOEFL if you are a citizen of a country other than the U.S. and your country of citizenship has English as its native language. Visit www.toefl.org for more information.

The command of the English language, both written and spoken is critical for success in law school, the suggested TOEFL score for Loyola University Chicago School of Law is 650, if the test is taken in the paper form; 280, if it is taken via computer; and, 114, if it is taken in the new iBT version. Consideration of other factors in each application for admission may allow the committee to deviate from this recommend set of scores. The results of the TOEFL must come directly from ETS (the administrator of the TOEFL).

9. The IELTS Academic test may be substituted for the TOEFL examination on a case by case basis.  The minimum score for consideration is 7 for the JD program.  You must contact the JD Admission Office at: law-admissions@luc.edu to inquiry if the test may be substituted.

***CANADIAN APPLICANTS: The TOEFL and the JD-CAS will not be required if you apply, however, you will need to provide proof of financial ability should you be accepted.

Financial assistance is not available for international students. You will need to provide proof of financial ability to pay in excess of $70,000 U.S. currency to enroll for one year, should you be accepted.

Please plan for all of the above material to arrive prior to April in order for the Admission Committee to make a decision early enough to facilitate your plans. Most students try to have their files complete by January.