We welcome applications from international students to our three-year Juris Doctor program. To be eligible for admission a prospective student must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.
As an international J.D. candidate, you will need to determine if your undergraduate degree can be evaluated by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by looking at the criteria outlined in the LSAT/CAS Registration and Information Book.
If your undergraduate degree can be evaluated by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) a CAS Report (including LSAT scores, college transcript(s) and analysis of college transcripts) is required. See the LSAC website for CAS registration.
If your undergraduate degree cannot be evaluated by the CAS you will need to:
- Take the LSAT and have your score(s) sent to us; and
- Obtain an analysis of your transcript from a U.S. transcript evaluation service to determine its equivalency of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Translated and certified transcripts should be sent to Maine Law along with the analysis from the evaluating agency when you apply.
Note: Maine Law does not have a preferred agency for applicants to use. We recommend that foreign-educated applicants use an established foreign credentials service to evaluate and convert their academic credentials into their U.S. equivalents. World Education Services specializes in foreign credential evaluation as does the International Education Research Foundation.
Admissions decisions are based on your completed file, which must contain the items listed below and be submitted by March 1:
- Application Form - completed and signed. Applications are available for download from the Law School Admission Council's website*. Upon completion, follow the instructions carefully for the submission of the application and fee.
*If you have a problem linking with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and filling out your application, please contact the Admissions Office (207) 780-4341 and we will assist you with the submission of your application to the University of Maine School of Law.
- TOEFL score: If English is not your first language, and you completed your undergraduate degree in a foreign country, you must submit official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), in addition to the LSAT score(s). TOEFL scores should be submitted to Maine Law. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service.
- CAS Report (including LSAT scores, college transcript and analysis of college transcripts). See the LSAC web site for CAS registration. Your official transcripts of all collegiate, graduate and professional study must be sent directly to the CAS. Once CAS has received your transcript(s) and LSAT score(s), a report will be generated when we request one.
If your undergraduate transcript cannot be evaluated by the CAS you will need to submit your LSAT score and an analysis of your transcript from a U.S. transcript evaluation service, as described above.
- Letter(s) of Recommendation: Each applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation. There is no separate recommendation form; letters of recommendation may be sent directly from the recommender, submitted through the CAS Recommendation Service. Please do not ask recommenders to mail materials directly to the Law School.
- Personal Statement: A personal statement, written in your own words, that tells us more about you is required. The subject matter is up to you but keep in mind that the reader will be seeking a sense of you as a person and also as a potential student and graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. It is an opportunity for you to include any information that will help the Admissions Committee act on your application and that sets you apart in a significant way from other applicants. We encourage you to develop a statement that provides the Committee with insights that cannot be obtained from the CAS report, resume (if included) or other information contained in the application. Please note, a resume may not be submitted in lieu of the personal statement.
- Application Fee of $50 payable through the LSAC website.
- Optional Statement: You may include an addendum addressing any economic, cultural, and/or societal factors, your academic record, or LSAT results, which would provide the Admissions Committee with additional insight into your application.
NOTE: If you are experiencing difficulties with your LSAC registration process or if you have related questions, please visit the LSAC website.
For Visa Consideration
Non-U.S. students, who are not permanent residents, who are accepted into the Juris Doctor program must demonstrate that they have the financial resources to meet tuition and living expenses for the full term of their degree program before receiving a student visa. Individuals should contact USM's International Exchange Office for all necessary forms and information.
For Foreign Trained Lawyers - Special Student Designation
Foreign trained lawyers may be admitted as Special Students to take courses required for the Maine Bar. For a ruling on the precise requirements necessary for bar examination eligibility in his/her case, every foreign-educated attorney who intends to practice in Maine should apply to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners.