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Requirements for International Students

  • Foreign applicants seeking admission to the JD program must submit a completed application to Widener Law Commonwealth by April 1.
  • Applicants educated in a foreign country are required to submit all foreign transcripts through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). An international credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and incorporated into your CAS law school report.
  • You are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, unless you are from a country where English is the primary language or you hold a recent degree granted by a US university. If it is determined that you need to submit a TOEFL score, you must contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for JD CAS is 8395. The TOEFL score will be included in your CAS law school report.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants

As part of the application process, you are required to provide the following:

  • International address
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Original documentation  of financial responsibility (as described below)*
  • Personal statement
  • Translation of transcripts by LSAC CAS
  • Copy of your updated I-20 documentation (if currently enrolled in a US college or university on an F1 nonimmigrant basis)
*Financial Responsibility for International Applicants
  • Original documentation of financial responsibility is a bank statement, in the applicant’s name, displaying an adequate balance to cover the cost of living for the student’s first year of law school. The cost of living figure includes tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for the entire academic year, as figured by the Financial Aid Office. The bank statement must be in the applicant’s name.


  • If someone other than the applicant will be covering the cost of the applicant’s law school, we require an affidavit with the following information:
    • Affidavit must include the date the affidavit was written. The affidavit must be dated within 6 months of application submission. Affidavit must include the name(s) of sponsor(s) listed on the bank statement(s).
    • The amount of support being offered must be on the affidavit. This can be listed as an amount of money, or the sponsor can state he or she will “cover all expenses” for the student.
    • The affidavit must include the relationship of the sponsor to the student, as well as the full name of the student.
    • The length of time the support will be offered needs to be listed. This may be listed in terms of months or years, or it may be worded as “duration of study.”
    • This affidavit must be signed by the sponsor and witnessed by a notary (a public officer who attests or certifies writings to make them authentic).
Requirements for Resident Alien Students

If you are applying as a resident alien, you must include your resident alien number on your application for admission.