International Applicants

Ohio State law welcomes applications from citizens of other countries. International applicants should follow the application procedures established for U.S. citizens. For information about visas and more, visit the Office of International Affairs website.

The Moritz College of Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any post-secondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada, applicants must use this service for the evaluation of their foreign transcripts.

The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work 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.

This service is included in the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report.

Additionally, applicants whose first language is not English are required to take a test to demonstrate their fluency in the English language. The preferred test is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), but we will accept either the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only one of these tests is required, but the test of choice must have been taken within the last two years. The minimum scores needed are:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • 600 (Paper-based test)
  • 250 (Computer-based test)
  • 100 (Internet-based test)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

  • 86

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • 8.0

Non-native English speakers who have been awarded a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a U.S. university are exempted from the TOEFL requirement.

For applicants taking the TOEFL, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report.

To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.

Any non-U.S. citizen seeking admission to the Moritz College of Law should be aware of the financial resources required to attend for three years. The expected annual costs of law school and living expenses is approximately $60,000 for non-U.S. citizens. Should admission be offered, the admitted candidate must provide documentation that sufficient funds exist to meet the cost of attendance. The Ohio State University College of Law is not able to provide any teaching assistantships or tuition waivers for citizens of other countries.

An international applicant who does not wish to obtain a Juris Doctor from Ohio State, but who has undertaken previous legal education in another country, may be permitted to enroll in the college as a special student to take selected courses. The Moritz College of Law offers a graduate degree (LL.M.) program for non-US citizens. An application for, and information about, the LL.M. program may be found on the LL.M. page here.