University of Wisconsin–Madison

Information for international applicants

For students of international backgrounds, the process of applying to law school in the United States is sometimes complicated. This is because application and admission policies for international students can vary greatly by law school.

For example, consider the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The University of Texas School of Law will exempt a student from taking the TOEFL if they completed their bachelor’s degree in the U.S., but this exemption does not apply to U.S.-based master’s degrees. The University of Wisconsin Law School, which requires TOEFL scores of some applicants, sometimes also requires web-conferences with applicants. And Harvard Law School does not require the TOEFL for any applicants

In addition to language requirements, international applicants must consider transcript evaluations (if you attended an institution outside the United States for more than a year), financing options, and bar exam requirements, among other factors.

According to the Law School Admissions Council students should, “contact the individual law schools that interest you to learn about each school’s particular requirements, as procedures and requirements for international applicants vary from school to school.”

Students of international backgrounds are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Center for Pre-Law Advising if they are considering law school. Advisors will work with students to address the individual needs their applications.

In addition to scheduling an appointment, the following resources contain useful  information for international students: