International Students

If you are an international applicant to the J.D. program who has earned an undergraduate degree from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, then you must have your records evaluated through the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). An evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and will be incorporated into your CAS report. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. An undergraduate degree earned outside of the United States or Canada is acceptable for admission if it is determined to be equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree. 

The TOEFL is not required. However, you must take the LSAT, and comply with all of the other application requirements. 

International applicants who hold a masters degree may apply to the J.D. program, but they also must follow the regular admission procedures.  No transfer credits are recognized towards the J.D. degree.  The program of study is three years of full-time work.

The financial resources required to attend Berkeley Law are substantial. Before committing the energy and financial resources required, you need to obtain a visa and to evaluate your ability to meet Berkeley Law’s total educational costs. You must be prepared to fund all of your academic and living expenses. Even students who receive some fellowship assistance must be prepared to provide the approximately $93,000 (USD) required per academic year for educational and living expenses.

If you are married and/or have children, an additional $7,650 is recommended for your spouse and an additional $6,750 is recommended for each child. These funds must be provided by either you or your sponsor. Additional information about international student expenses is available online. Please note Berkeley Law does not provide full-tuition fellowships, tuition waivers, nor graduate teaching assistantships.

Information about financial aid for international students is available on the law school’s financial aid page.


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