International Students

The Seattle University School of Law welcomes international applicants. International candidates must submit the following in addition to the standard application materials.

LSAT or GRE General Test

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General Test. Information regarding the LSAT can be found at www.lsac.org. GRE information is available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at www.ets.org. All valid scores for either the LSAT or GRE for the past five years must be submitted as part of the application.

Proof of English Proficiency

Students are expected to participate actively in classroom discussions. Seattle U Law focuses considerable attention on honing a student’s analytic, reading, and communications skills. Thus, international students must be proficient in spoken and written English.

At a minimum, applicants whose native language is not English and did not obtain a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. university must obtain a score of at least 100 (internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code is 0058.

Learn more about the TOEFL:

Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
USA
Phone: 609.771.7100
E-mail: toefl@ets.org

Evaluation of Undergraduate Education Credentials

Seattle U Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC (Law School Admission Council) Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your 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.

A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSAC report.

Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968.1001 or lsacinfo@lsac.org.

Statement of Finances

While all applicants are considered for merit scholarships, international students are ineligible for federal loans. All non-citizens who are offered admission are required to provide a Declaration of Finances to verify that they have adequate funds to attend law school. This Declaration is due prior to enrollment. We cannot issue I-20 visa forms for a visa application until the Declaration of Finances has been received by the Admission Office.

The office of Student Financial Services provides help for international students who need assistance in locating private loans to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. Contact Student Financial Services at lawfa@seattleu.edu.