How to Apply - JD for Non-U.S. Lawyers

Our application for fall 2024 is now closed.


To be given full consideration, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law must receive your complete application by:

  • For applicants who require an F or J visa: June 1 (This is a completion deadline which means we need to have everything we require you to submit by that date.)
  • For applicants who do NOT require the F or J visa: June 30 (This is a completion deadline which means we need to have everything we require you to submit by that date.)

Application Process

Submit your application through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Click Here or follow the instructions below: 

  1. Log in or create a new LSAC account. You may use an existing LSAC account.
  2. Click on “My School List”
  3. Click on “School Search”
  4. Click on “Add Member Schools”
  5. Select “The University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law”
  6. Select “Save Selections to School List”
  7. Select “Start/Continue Application”
  8. Select “Fall 2024-Advanced JD Application”
  9. Click “Apply”
  10. Follow the application instructions
  11. There is no application fee for JD for Non-U.S. lawyers candidates

Application Requirements

(All documentation/information should be submitted through LSAC.)
Official University Transcripts

Official transcripts for your first law degree and any other graduate degrees should be submitted, including an official translation to English if the original transcript is in a different language.


The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. It should not exceed three double-spaced pages in length.

Two or more letters of recommendation

At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the institution awarding the first law degree. If not, please explain why this is not available in the appropriate departmental question on the application. Applicants who hold an LLM degree must submit at least one recommendation from an instructor at the institution that granted their LLM degree. The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant’s analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.

English Proficiency

All non-native English speaker applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or seek a waiver as detailed below
Arizona Law requires a high-level of English proficiency for all degree and non-degree seeking programs including the JD program, both traditional and advanced admissions. Arizona Law has a rigorous curriculum for all programs. Classes require a dynamic exchange between students, and with faculty. Therefore, a high-level of English proficiency is required to have a meaningful participation in and outside of the classroom as well as for students to succeed in law school.
In general, the target scores candidates should submit are a TOEFL score of approximately 100 iBT or IELTS overall score of 7.5., 135 CEPT. We also look at the breakdown of subsection scores for listening, speaking, writing and reading.
Nonetheless, a lower score in one area or overall does not automatically preclude an applicant from consideration. Applicants whose test score(s) falls below the targets set forth above, should highlight in the personal statement portion of their application any specific data, background, or other information that they feel might strengthen their application in this regard, such as time spent in English language environments, work done in English, English language publications, etc. It is also recommended that applicants with scores lower than those set forth above submit at least one recommendation that addresses, at least in part, their English language ability.
Arizona Law will also accept requests for waivers based on the current English proficiency exemptions for Graduate Students at the University of Arizona. Applicants requesting a waiver are required to submit a writing sample and to hold an interview in English.

Please note: we do not automatically waive the English Proficiency requirement for applicants who have obtained an LL.M or any other graduate degree in the United States or other English speaking countries.
The admissions committee reserves the right to request a writing sample, hold interviews or request additional information or documents to support English proficiency for all applicants.