Step 1: Application
Eligible students should submit the Fordham Law Two-Year J.D. Program for International Students application form through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website, www.LSAC.org, by May 1, but Fordham will accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis until July 1.
Students are expected to arrive at Fordham in the third week of August. You should consider the time necessary to acquire a student visa when considering whether and when to apply. All student visa questions should be directed to the Office of International Services.
Step 2: Personal Statement
The personal statement should demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and concisely in English. In it, you should describe your:
- previous legal study, not limited to the LL.M., and experience that justify admission to this program.
- motivation for pursuing a J.D. degree at Fordham Law.
We ask that your personal statement not exceed two pages, double spaced.
Step 3: Transcripts
Fordham Law requires official transcripts of all of your undergraduate and graduate studies. These transcripts, if not in English, must be translated through the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Step 4: Resume
Please provide a copy, in English, of your professional resume or curriculum vitae detailing your educational and professional experience.
Step 5: Letters of Recommendation
Fordham Law requires two letters of recommendation to complete your file. At least one of the letters must be from a faculty member of the U.S. law school that awarded your LL.M. degree. These letters should explain why you are ready and qualified to enroll in Fordham Law’s Two-year J.D. for International Students Program. Please submit the letters through the LSAC’s CAS. Your letters will be photocopied and sent to us with your LSDAS Report. These letters must either be written in or translated into English by CAS.
Step 6: LSAT Score
You are not required to take the LSAT. If you took the LSAT, your score will be included in your LSAC report. A score of 163 or higher is strongly recommended.
Step 7: English Proficiency
Applicants who are not from a predominantly English-speaking country are required to demonstrate English-language proficiency through either the Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System examination.
- A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test is strongly recommended.
- Alternatively, a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS examination is strongly recommended.
You should submit your TOEFL or IELTS score via LSAC’s document assembly service.
Applicants with English-language test scores below these thresholds will be subject to a higher level of scrutiny and may be required to complete an interview, as described in Step 8 below.
We can accept scores from any TOEFL or IELTS exam you have taken, whether for application to this program or your LL.M. degree program.
You are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if you are from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, or any Caribbean Island where English is the sole official language.
Step 8: Interview
At Fordham’s discretion and request, you may be required to complete an interview with a full-time faculty member. This interview will last approximately one hour and will include an evaluative element, such as the reading of a legal passage and oral replies to questions about it, as well as the monitored drafting of a short written response. The interview may be conducted via the Internet or in person, and it may be recorded.