Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Foreign Applicants

For foreign trained lawyers, Southwestern's LL.M. program provides an excellent opportunity for exposure to U.S. law and American legal practice. In addition to the Degree Requirements, applicants to the program who completed their undergraduate and/or legal degrees at institutions outside the United States or Canada must fulfill additional requirements:

  • English Proficiency: Because the program requires a professional level of English language proficiency, applicants whose primary language is not English or whose education has been in a language other than English must demonstrate English proficiency on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Students taking the TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 90 on the ibt or 577 on the paper-based test. Students taking the IELTS must achieve a minimum score of 6.5. More information on TOEFL is available online at and more information on IELTS is available online at
  • Credentials Evaluation: The applicant must submit foreign academic transcripts for analysis by a credentials evaluation service (International Education Research Foundation, Inc., World Education Services, Inc. or other). A degree equivalency statement with an assessment of grade point average should be requested. For information on completing this requirement, contact the service providers directly. The evaluation service providers often used by Southwestern applicants are:

    Global Services Associates, Inc.
    409 N. Pacific Coast Highway #393
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Tel & Fax: (310) 828-5709 |

    International Education Research Foundation, Inc.

    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    Tel: (310) 258-9451
    Fax: (310) 342-7086 |

    LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service
    662 Penn Street Box 8511
    Newtown, PA 18940-8511
    Tel: 215.968.1315 | Fax: 215.504.1456 |

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Tel: (212) 966-6311
    Fax: (212) 739-6100 |

    A list of service providers' reports that may be accepted can be found here (PDF)

Law Degree

A foreign-educated applicant's degree(s) must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located or the applicant must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country. Applicants educated in the United States must have a degree from an ABA-accredited law school.

Financial Support Documentation

International students who are accepted to Southwestern are required to have sufficient finds to cover travel to and from the United States and tuition, fees, and living expenses while attending Southwestern. Documentation of financial support will be required during the student visa process. More information on the student visa process may be found here.

A special Fellowship opportunity for Argentine law graduates to complete an LL.M. in Civil Liberties and Human Rights or Advocacy has been established at Southwestern under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission. Click here for information on the Fulbright-Jose Siderman Human Rights Fellowship.