International 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 Credential Assembly Service for all internationally educated JD applicants.

As all applicants must submit either a valid LSAT score or a valid GRE score as a part of their JD application, international applicants are not required to take additional English language exams such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.  You are welcome to submit such test scores if you wish to.

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 J.D. students are eligible for merit-based scholarships funded by Washington and Lee University.  Under current immigration regulations, international students are eligible to work a limited number of hours per week on campus, and some 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  paperwork and be granted a student visa prior to matriculation. 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, Hunter Swanson, by telephone at 540.458.8145 or e-mail