Admissions Guidelines

Applicants must be practicing lawyers or have a practicing-level law degree from the United States or abroad. In addition, a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening is required, as evidenced by an iBT TOEFL (minimum score of 100), an IELTS (minimum score of 7.0), or the Duolingo English Test (minimum score of 125). Applicants who are residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico) and who have completed a rigorous full-time program of at least three years of post-secondary education in one of these countries are not required to submit English test scores.

Application Checklist

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts (JD or LLB equivalent; advanced degrees, if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • For non-native English speakers: TOEFL  ,  IELTS, or Duolingo English tests.  (The program accepts the special editions of TOEFL and IELTS designed for the duration of the pandemic.)
  • Application fee: $75 payable to the University of Michigan Law School by personal check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Alternatively, upon receipt of your application, we will send you instructions for payment by credit card.

Please submit your application via the website of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). If you prefer to apply to the Michigan Law School directly, instead of through LSAC, kindly contact us at law.grad.admissions@umich.edu for instructions.

The best time to submit application is between September and December preceding the year of desired enrollment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect to be notified of decisions from late December onwards.

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