Admission

International Students

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

LSAT

All applicants, including international applicants, must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Information regarding the LSAT along with test site location can be found on the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Web site at www.lsac.org.

Proof of English Proficiency

In American law schools, students are expected to participate actively in classroom discussions. Seattle University is no exception, and focuses considerable attention on honing a student’s analytic, reading, and communications skills. Thus, international students must have a high degree of proficiency 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 US university or college must have achieved scores of at least 100 (internet-based), 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL should be taken as early as possible.

Information on TOEFL may be obtained from:

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

When completing the TOEFL Score Report Request Form, enter the number 4695 in the space marked "Institution Code," and 03 in the space marked "Department Code," and indicate that it should be sent to the submission address provided below.

Evaluation of Undergraduate Education Credentials

Seattle University School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC (Law School Admission Council) JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your 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 US 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. If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, 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 LSAC 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.

Statement of Finances

There are no full tuition scholarships or funds for living expenses. Additionally international students are ineligible for US federal loans. Therefore all non-US citizens 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 your enrollment. We will not be able to issue you an I-20 form for the student visa application until the Declaration of Finances has been received by the Admission Office.

Our financial aid office has dedicated a Web page to assist those international students who need assistance in locating private loans to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses.

For questions and comments about this page, please e-mail lawadmis@seattleu.edu.