Information for International Prospective Students
Are the admissions requirements any different for international/foreign students?
International applicants who received an undergraduate degree from a college or university in the United States or Canada should follow the application instructions found in the admissions bulletin. However, All international candidates should refer to LSAC's webpage for internationally educated JD applicants before submitting their application. Please note, we require use of LSAC's authentication and evaluation service for all internationally educated JD applicants. All applicants to the law school are required to register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and a valid LSAT score is a required component of the application.
Because all JD applicants must submit a valid LSAT score as a part of their application materials, international JD applicants are NOT required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
Do you offer financial aid to foreign students?
International students also follow a different process to apply for financial assistance. If an applicant is a United States citizen or holds a valid "green card", they are eligible to receive educational loans funded by the United States government. All international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships funded by Washington and Lee University. An international student should not expect a grant from the University to cover the total cost of education. Under current immigration regulations, international students are eligible to work a limited number of hours per week on campus, and many students choose to supplement University aid in this way.
An international student who is admitted to the Law School will have to complete the appropriate United States Immigration and Naturalization Service paperwork and be granted a student visa prior to matriculation in the law school. The University's Center for International Education coordinates student visa requests and other immigration requirements for international students.
Are there additional informational resources available to accepted international students ?
The university's Center for International Education website provides many resources designed to assist incoming international students at W&L Law.
You may also contact the International Student Advisor, Amy Richwine, at the Center for International Education Washington and Lee University, 21 University Place Lexington, Virginia 24450-0303, telephone the office at (540) 458-8145,or e-mail the office at ARichwine@wlu.edu.
*PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS FOR INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FOR THE J.D. PROGRAM, NOT FOR THE LL.M. PROGRAM.