Applicants whose bachelor’s degrees are from universities outside the United States should follow the regular application procedures, including registering with 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 service for international applicants may be found on the website of the Law School Admission Council.
Early application is encouraged, beginning September 1. Marquette University Law School utilizes a paperless JD application process. Candidates apply using the online application. Please refrain from submitting any materials to the Office of Admissions in hard-copy form. The application fee payment of $50 must be submitted via credit card or debit check card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa); please do not submit payment via cash, check, or money order. LSAC credential reports will be requested for all applicants.
Eligibility For J.D. Application
An applicant seeking admission as J.D. student will be eligible to apply to Marquette Law School if he/she:
- has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before enrolling in the Law School;
- has taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). (LSAT scores taken within the last five years are considered valid.);
- has taken the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if one’s undergraduate education was completed in a language other than English. TOEFL score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in the CAS law school report.
- The only exception to this requirement is if an applicant has earned a bachelor’s, 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.
- subscribes to the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS Report provides the Law School with copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable), LSAT score or scores, a copy of the LSAT writing sample and letter(s) of recommendation, and an undergraduate academic transcript summary and analysis. A TOEFL score will be also included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in the CAS report. The applicant must have TOEFL scores sent to CAS; the TOEFL code for CAS is 0058.
International Application Timing
Candidates may begin submitting applications September 1.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to take the LSAT no later than February and to complete an application no later than April 1.
Again, early application is encouraged. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline. The Admissions Committee reviews files in the order in which they are completed. Applicants will be notified when their application files are complete (including our receipt of the LSAC CAS Report). Typically, applicants receive notification from the Admissions Committee within eight weeks after their applications become complete. Applicants are promptly notified on a rolling basis of any action taken on their applications by the Admissions Committee. Admitted applicants will be required to submit tuition deposits.
All materials relating to admission or the Law School application, once submitted, become property of Marquette University Law School and will not be returned. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:
- Completed online application.
- $50 application fee (payable by major credit or debit card only; cash/checks/money orders not accepted).
- A personal statement written by the applicant.
- Descriptive statement(s) regarding affirmative response(s) to character and fitness questions, if applicable.
- A résumé or curriculum vitae (strongly encouraged).
- Optional statement(s) are welcome.
- If additional space is needed for any response, please use electronic attachments and reference your response.
- A complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report* including:
- All academic transcripts, including all undergraduate transcripts and any graduate transcripts;
- A valid LSAT score and writing sample;
- A valid TOEFL score (unless exception outlined above has been met);
- Foreign Credential Evaluation (provided by LSAC in the CAS report);
- At least one (1) letter of recommendation.
*Note: After receipt of your application, the Office of Admissions will request your law school report from the Credential Assembly Service.
Financial Aid & Scholarship Application
International students may find it helpful to know that the Law School does not offer specific 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.
All applicants, including international applicants, offered admission are considered for merit scholarships as long as funds remain available; no separate application is required or used.
Registration and Enrollment
Registration and enrollment in the Marquette University Law School for non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents are conditional upon their maintaining appropriate U.S. legal status. When confirming eligibility and enrollment, international students should be sure to review the current forms and procedures that are necessary to remain in compliance during enrollment at Marquette. International applicants should confirm their legal eligibility with:
Marquette University Office of International Education
Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
1324 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 288-7289 telephone
(414) 288-3701 facsimile