Applying as an International Student
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Applicants who are not United States citizens must submit all materials required of domestic applicants, as well as the following documentation:
- Proof of Financial Support: International applicants, including Canadian applicants, must submit proof of sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance for at least one academic year's expenses ($63,000). This proof is required before an appropriate visa can be issued to the student and is therefore required as part of the admissions application. Acceptable proof for privately sponsored applicants is an original signed letter of support from the sponsor that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements indicating funds sufficient to cover at least the student's first-year expenses. For government-sponsored applicants, acceptable proof is an official or certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per year and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.
- Educational Records: Syracuse University College of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD 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 foreign transcripts. 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 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.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, or IELTS score, no more than two years old, as evidence of language competency sufficient to undertake law study. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) must be contacted to request that scores be sent directly to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 2823. Your score will be reported in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report. To use 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 LSAC's website for international applicants. The TOEFL/IELTS score requirement will be waived for non-resident students who have completed a four-year undergraduate program or minimum of two years of graduate work in a U.S. college or university. The College of Law recommends a TOEFL score in the range of 100 or an IELTS score in the range of 7.0.