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Instructions for Foreign Educated LLM, MLS, MHREL, and MSLB Applicants

Transcript Evaluation

LLM applicants

Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants with foreign education credentials must purchase both, the Document Assembly Service, and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. To register, please visit the LSAC website.

MLS, MHREL, and MSLB applicants

Please have all transcripts evaluated by the Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI). ACEI independently evaluates all academic documents issued in countries other than the United States. Please contact ACEI at their website to obtain an application for an evaluation. You must request a course-by-course evaluation, and order that an official copy be sent directly to:

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
Beus Center for Law and Society
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Mail Code: 9520
111 E Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

English Fluency

All international applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College as well as those of ASU Law. If English is not your native language, and you have not completed a bachelor’s degree or higher at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, you must provide evidence of English proficiency as indicated by acceptable scores. Most competitive applicants should have a TOEFL score of at or near 600 (paper) or 90 (internet), an IELTS score of at or near 7.0, OR a PTE score of at or near 64. Exceptional candidates with relevant experience and background who have scores slightly below the thresholds above will also be considered. ASU's institutional code is 4007. LSAC's TOEFL code for the LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395.

Students may qualify for an exemption to the English Proficiency requirement through successful completion of ASU’s Global Launch Intensive English Program OR the English for Graduate Admissions & Achievement course. For competitive applicants that take the Intensive English program, "successful completion" means a program cumulative GPA of at least 3.33, with no courses grade below a letter grade of "B".

* ASU Law is also temporarily accepting Duolingo English proficiency for students affected by center closures. Most competitive applicants should have a Duolingo English test score of at or near 115.

Other ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

  • Applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the country is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List.
  • Applicants who have completed at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S or from an international institution that is officially recognized in that country and is on the ASU English Speaking Country and Territory List.
  • Applicants who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree or higher from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country, and the sole medium of instruction for the program was in English. Applicants should email gograd@asu.edu to request exemption, and include a letter from the institution on letterhead indicating language of instruction, or provide information on the institution website to verify language of instruction.
  • Applicants who have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Four years of high school in the U.S. with four years of English.

Financial Resources

International applicants must verify that they have the financial resources to cover their expenses during graduate study at ASU, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Graduate Admissions Office provides the Financial Guarantee Form to international applicants, who then must see that the form is completed, verified by a bank or sponsoring organization, and returned to the Graduate Admissions Office. The I-20 or IAP-66 (documents needed to obtain a student visa) are issued only after the completed and properly verified guarantee form has arrived.