Office of International Student Admission

Welcome to International Student Admission

The John Marshall Law School's Graduate Admission and International Education Office offers international applicants support in the application process. The tabs below will assist you in preparing your application and additional forms.

If you have questions regarding your completed application or the required materials, please contact the Graduate Admission and International Education Office at graduateadmission@jmls.edu.

Completed applications should be sent to the following address:
Graduate Admission & International Education Office
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

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Enrollment Options

International applicants can apply as full-time candidates for Master of Laws (LLM) programs if they hold a JD or foreign equivalent, or for Master of Science (MS) programs, which are offered to non-lawyer professionals with a bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent. International students interested in pursuing their JD must complete the JD application.

Areas of Study

To learn more about each program, select the area of study that interests you.

U.S. Legal Studies (LLM only)
International Business & Trade Law (LLM only)
Information Technology & Privacy Law*
Intellectual Property Law
Real Estate Law**
Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution


*Fall admission only
**MS registration deadline is June 15

Your Application

After deciding on the appropriate enrollment option and area of study, a completed application must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

Fall Deadline: August 1
Spring Deadline: December 1
Summer Deadline: May 1

International applicants are encouraged to submit their application several months before the deadline to allow sufficient time to apply for a U.S. visa in their home country.

Completed applications must include:

  1. Completed JD Application, MS Application, or LLM Application
  2. Application Fee: There is no application fee.
  3. International Supplement Form
  4. Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores
  5. Official Transcripts
  6. Letter of Recommendation (academic/professional reference in English)
  7. Personal Statement
  8. Updated Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  9. Writing Sample (MS applicants only)
  10. Photocopy of Attorney/Agent License (Summer IP Institute only)
  11. Photocopy of valid, biographical passport page

International Application Supplement Form

The International Supplement Form contains valuable information for international applicants, including transcript evaluation options, TOEFL requirements, financial documentation requirements, and visa information. Applicants should also review approximate expenses for studying in Chicago at The John Marshall Law School. The last page of the International Supplement Form must be completed by the applicant and submitted with the application and other documents.

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Language Requirements

All applicants are required to complete an English language proficiency test in order to be considered for admission to The John Marshall Law School. This requirement may be waived if a student has earned a law degree in a country where English is the official language or has earned a degree from an accredited U.S. college/university.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is the most widely used proficiency exam. John Marshall accepts TOEFL scores for up to two (2) years after the test administration. Original scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Graduate Admission and International Education Services Office at The John Marshall Law School in order for the scores to be valid. The TOEFL code for The John Marshall Law School is 1344. The John Marshall Law School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90, and 20 on the writing section.

For information on test taking locations, please see the TOEFL Requirements section of the International Supplement Form.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted by The John Marshall Law School. The John Marshall Law School accepts a minimum IELTS score of 7.

An application will not be considered complete and ready for review until the law school receives an official score report from an approved English-language testing agency.

In order for the law school to consider international applicants for admission, applicants are required to submit their international transcripts/grade reports to an independent transcript evaluation agency. Reports must be requested as a course-by-course evaluation, which lists each individual university course and the grade received.

For a list of appropriate agencies and other information about credit evaluations, please see the USA Transcript Evaluation Agencies section of the International Supplement Form.

Transcript evaluations should be sent directly from the agency to the Graduate Admissions department in order to be considered as valid.

Personal Statements should address question one under the "Disclosure Questions" section of the graduate application, and should be a clear and concise demonstration of your English proficiency. Applicants are encouraged to include examples of leadership, community involvement, talents, and achievements. The Personal Statement is an opportunity to offer the Admission Committee personal details to supplement TOEFL scores and academic credentials. A minimum of 200 words is required.