Minimum Application Requirements

Although most candidates in the JSD Program first spend a year in the Law School's LLM Program, outstanding LLM or JD graduates of other law school programs in the United States may be admitted to the Chicago JSD Program. Candidates will not be considered for admission to the JSD Program unless they already have an LLM or JD degree from a law school in the United States or are currently in such a program. LLM degrees earned in other countries, including those using the common law, do not meet this application requirement.

Applicants to the JSD Program who have studied for at least a year in a United States law school within the past five years will not need to take a language exam. Candidates who have not studied in the United States within the past five years will need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam if English is not their native language. The language exam results must be from an examination taken within two years of the date of the JSD application and must meet the following minimum requirements:

TOEFL: A cumulative score of at least 104 on the examination

IELTS: A cumulative score of at least 7.0 and sub scores of at least 7.0 on each of the four parts of the examination

There is no flexibility with these minimum score requirements. This means that if an application has TOEFL or IELTS scores below the minimum requirements, that application will be rejected without further review.