International J.D. Applicants
Applicants who have completed the bachelor's degree outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, must submit transcripts to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed and submitted to the law school as part of the CAS report. A TOEFL score is required of all applicants educated outside the US and for whom English was not the primary language of instruction. Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for CAS is 0058. Your score will be included with the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your law school report. Minimum requirements for the TOEFL score are 600 on the paper version of the exam, 250 on the computerized version, and 100 on the Internet Based Test.
Visas: If a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) is required for a student visa, a Request for I-20/DS-2019 form showing the availability of sufficient funding for your legal education must be submitted to Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS). More information about this process is available after a student provides notification to the Law School that the admissions offer has been accepted. SISS is the campus resource for international students and scholars regarding immigration and visa needs (http://siss.ucdavis.edu ).
Financing Law School: International students admitted to the JD program are now eligible to apply for federal financial aid if they are one of the following:
- U.S. Permanent Resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551)
- Conditional Permanent Resident (I-551C)
- Other Eligible Non-Citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service) showing any one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Indefinite Parole, Humanitarian Parole, or Cuban-Haitian Entrant.
If you are in the U.S. on an F1 or F3 student visa, or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa or a G series visa (pertaining to international organizations), then you are neither a citizen nor an eligible non-citizen and you are not eligible for federal student aid.