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English Proficiency

Due to the rigorous reading and writing requirements necessary to satisfactorily complete a U.S. graduate law program, candidates must display strong English proficiency. The law school requires each applicant to submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The minimum score required is 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the Internet-based test. Applicants may submit an International English Language Testing Score (IELTS) score in lieu of the TOEFL, the  minimum score required is a 7.0.

If your TOEFL or IELTS score meets our minimum for admission but we believe that you would benefit from more exposure to English, we may offer conditional acceptance on satisfactory completion of an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) course prior to starting the LL.M. program.

Two of these ESL options include:

  • Wake Forest University’s summer English Language Skills Enhancement (ELSE) program. This 5 week class is designed for international students, scholars, and researchers who seek to develop a more advanced proficiency in English in order to better prepare for the academic, social and professional expectations of law school.
  • The INTERLINK Language Center, which is sponsored through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  For more information on the program, please visit their website or contact them directly at interlink@uncg.edu.