Application Criteria & Review

Applicants whose bachelor’s degrees are from foreign universities (except Canada) should follow the regular application procedures, including registering with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) and making use of the J.D. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Marquette Law School is a CAS-participating school and all foreign-educated applicants to the J.D. program must use CAS as the means to submit their transcripts to Marquette Law School. Information and instructions on this important new service for international applicants may be found on the website of the Law School Admission Council.

All applicants to the JD program at Marquette University Law School must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In addition to taking the LSAT, one must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if one’s undergraduate education was completed in a language other than English. The only exception to this requirement is if an applicant has earned a graduate or professional degree at a college or university where English was the language of instruction AND that college or university is located in a country where English is the primary language. One must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that one's TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. A TOEFL score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in the LSDAS law school report.

One may obtain LSAT (Law School Admission Test) information from the Law School Admission Council, Box 40, Newtown, PA 18940, U.S.A. (telephone: (215) 968-1001, One may obtain TOEFL information from the TOEFL Program Office of ETS, P.O. Box 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155, U.S.A. (Web: We also recommend that international applicants from non-English speaking countries take the TWE (Test of Written English). A TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL, or of 250 or higher on the electronic TOEFL, or of 100 or higher on the new internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is considered competitive for law school applicants.

Registration and enrollment in the Marquette University Law School for non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents is conditional upon their maintaining appropriate U.S. legal status. Nonimmigrant students should confirm their legal eligibility with:

Marquette University Office of International Programs
Alumni Memorial Union #425
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

The telephone number is (414) 288-7289; the FAX number is (414) 288-3701. When confirming eligibility, students should make arrangements to receive a current copy of the booklet entitled Maintaining Your Nonimmigrant Status.

International students may find it helpful to know that the Law School does not offer specific scholarships, grants or fellowships for international students. If admitted to the Law School, F-1 visa students are required to comply with I-20 certification requirements: they must submit a deposit for tuition in U.S. dollars in advance of enrolling and must have a financial sponsor for each of the three years they are enrolled.