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International Applicants

The Admissions Committee values the personal and professional experiences that citizens from other countries bring to the study of law. Recent first-year classes at Michigan State Law include as many as two dozen international students drawn from around the world. International applicants who are admitted to MSU Law will be considered for all types of scholarship and grant assistance available to incoming students.

In evaluating a J.D. program application from a non-U.S. citizen, the Admissions Committee relies on the same holistic approach used for U.S. residents. However, an applicant who has not earned or substantially completed a post-secondary degree from an institution whose primary language of instruction is English is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Successful J.D. program applicants typically will have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS test.

An international applicant whose postsecondary work was completed outside of U.S. must use the LSAC J.D. Credential Assembly Service. By participating in the J.D. Credential Assembly Service, the applicant's transcripts will be evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and MSU Law will be receive a copy as part of the Law School Data Assembly Service report.

International students attending MSU Law must obtain an I-20 Immigration Form in order to pass through customs. All students seeking F-1 Immigration Forms should contact the Office of Admissions soon after finalizing their MSU Law enrollment plans.


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