International LL.M. and M.S.L. Students

Admissions Testing

llm_group2_750x325.jpgInternational M.S.L. candidates are required to submit the results of standardized admission tests as part of their application to the graduate law program at Dayton Law. Most applicants choose to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), an admission test relied upon by most U.S. graduate programs. This test can be taken at many locations around the world and can even be taken by computer. The University of Dayton School of Law reporting code for GRE test results is 0002.

Dayton Law also accepts test results from applicants who have chosen to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Our reporting code for GMAT test results is KF2-36-44. UDSL will also accept test results from other standardized admission tests such as the Law School Admission Test or LSAT or the Medical College Admission Test or MCAT both of which are offered at many locations throughout the world.

While UDSL can, in extraordinary circumstances, accept test results from graduate school admission tests administered by foreign countries or institutions, the need to obtain information and further data about any such test may complicate and delay our admission decisions.

Applicants should note that Dayton Law can only accept official test results reported by the testing authority and will not accept test results reported by the applicants themselves. In addition, test result over five years old will not be accepted.

English Language Proficiency

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. and M.S.L. programs must demonstrate English proficiency. If your native language is not English, you may meet this requirement by having completed your legal or bachelor's studies at a university where instruction was provided in English. Alternatively, international students who will be pursuing their LL.M. or M.S.L. through on-campus study may demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test administered by the Educational Testing Service. Applicants for admission must attain a TOEFL score of at least 600 (on the paper-based test), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT) or by taking an equivalent exam with similar results. Scores from TOEFL or other tests more than two years prior to application to the program will not be accepted nor will self-reported scores. The University of Dayton reporting code for TOEFL test results is 1834.

Candidates who will be pursuing their LL.M. or M.S.L. through on-campus study may apply for conditional admission to the LL.M. and M.S.L. programs. Conditionally admitted students study English at the University of Dayton's Intensive English Program (IEP) prior to taking courses in the graduate law programs. The IEP offers courses in grammar, reading and writing, listening and speaking English as well as special courses in TOEFL preparation, the dynamics of the American classroom, research paper writing and pronunciation. Conditionally admitted students who successfully complete the highest level of IEP studies may begin their graduate law studies. Learn more about the Intensive English Program at the University of Dayton.

Candidates who will be pursuing their LL.M. degree through online study must also demonstrate English proficiency. The online courses for the LL.M. degree and the United States Legal Practice Certificate are specifically designed for students whose native language is not English. In addition, enrollment in these courses is limited to only LL.M. students. As such, there is additional flexibility in the English proficiency requirements for students pursuing the LL.M. degree and this certificate option online.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens, whose native language is NOT English, and who have NOT completed their basic legal or undergraduate studies in a university where instruction was in English: are required to take the TOEFL and attain a score of at least 80 (iBT) or take the IELTS and attain an overall band score of 6.5. Scores must be from a test taken within the past two (2) years. Scores from tests taken more than two (2) years prior to this application will not be accepted.  In limited cases, applicants may submit (through LSAC along with their Admission Application) a written proposal and alternate proof of English proficiency to request a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS and consideration for conditional admission. In such a case, following review of the proposal and alternate proof of English proficiency, applicants may be invited to demonstrate English competency through a Skype video interview.

International Students and the Bar Exam

Beginning in January 2019, Dayton Law’s LL.M. in American and Transnational Law may be obtained entirely online. The online courses, including the curriculum for the United States Legal Practice Certificate, provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge in the areas of law that are most commonly tested on the bar examination as well as practical experience in the type of legal writing and communication tested on the bar examination and used in United States legal practice. The online courses also include state-specific distinctions as they are tested on the California and Washington State bar examinations.*

Additional information on admissions requirements for the California Bar.

Additional information on admissions requirements for the Washington Bar.

*Eligibility requirements for bar admission vary by state. Dayton Law cannot guarantee bar admission.  Students are responsible for contacting the state bar to determine their eligibility. Dayton Law’s LL.M. curriculum for students pursuing the degree on-campus is not designed to prepare international students to take a U.S. state bar examination.

Financial Aid for International Students

The School of Law offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships that are awarded to LL.M. and M.S.L. students based on a combination of merit, need, and personal accomplishments. Outside educational scholarships from governmental sources or private organizations may also be available to those who qualify. These outside scholarships and grants are highly competitive and often have early application deadlines. Examples include awards by international, national, state or county bar associations and various local, regional, and national philanthropic organizations. Some foreign governments also offer their citizens scholarships and grants for advanced legal studies. Information on outside scholarships is available at www.finaid.org.

If you have been offered a scholarship to attend either of Dayton Law's graduate legal programs, contact the School of Law’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

International students may also be eligible for educational loans through their own governments or international organizations as well as private educational loan programs.

Whether international students finance their legal studies at Dayton Law through personal funding, scholarships or grants, or governmental or private educational loans, proof of financial support while pursuing your studies at Dayton Law will be required for on-campus students in order to obtain a visa for study in the United States. Learn more about financial declarations required of international graduate law students.

International Student Services at the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton enrolls students from around the world to study and conduct research here in Dayton. International students and scholars thrive at the University of Dayton thanks to its outstanding academic traditions, safe environment and welcoming campus. The university's Center for International Programs and its International Student and Scholar Services can provide you with information and assistance on a wide variety of matters such as immigration; housing; health insurance; medical services; and becoming acclimated to the university, the School of Law and the surrounding community.

Office of International Admission

Albert Emanuel Hall 037 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1671

Phone: 855-664-5623 (toll-free) or 937-229-1850 

Email: goglobal@udayton.edu

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Office of Graduate Law Programs

Director of Graduate Law Programs

Phone: 937-229-3899

Email: llm_msl@udayton.edu

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Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772
937-229-3555
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