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International Applicants/Foreign Lawyer Program

International applicants on student or work visas must comply with all regular admissions requirements. Applicants are required to take the LSAT exam, subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and submit a completed application along with the $65US application fee. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is not required.   

Applicants who completed post-secondary work outside the U.S. or Canada must submit their credentials for evaluation through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This does not apply to credits earned through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. If you have a special circumstance, please contact the law school Admissions Office.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted through LSAC as part of the CAS service.

Admitted applicants who are foreign nationals and intend to enroll are expected to present evidence of adequate financial resources for support during their time at Rutgers School of Law–Newark before an I-20 will be issued. Applicants coming from another U.S. educational institution must submit a copy of their I-94 card and have an authorized official of their present institution complete and return the International Student’s Advisor’s Report. Permanent residents must include a photocopy of their green card with the admissions application.

The Foreign Lawyer Program allows persons who have earned a law degree and were practicing attorneys in a country outside the United States the opportunity to receive up to 28 advance standing credits and earn a J.D. degree upon the completion of 56 credits at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. In general, students in the program take the basic first year required courses. Some exceptions may be made on specific courses but it is at the discretion of the Academic Dean. The remaining credits will be completed in the upper level curriculum. Please follow the instructions for International Applicants.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar (ABA Standard 504):

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.