English Proficiency

Most law schools will ask applicants for whom English is not their native language to take a standardized test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™). It is your responsibility to identify which of the schools of interest to you require this test. Each school sets its own standard for required minimal scores on the tests. LSAC will accept score reports for either TOEFL or IELTS exams. LSAC will include your score(s) in your LLM credential evaluation upon receipt of an official score report from the testing service. It is your responsibility to learn from each law school of interest to you how old a score may be to remain acceptable.

LSAC has arranged with ETS to receive your TOEFL score(s) electronically. This is only possible if and when you supply ETS with LSAC's institution code, 8395, at the time you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent to LSAC. You may be asked to choose a department code as well. Any department code will do, regardless of the corresponding department name, as long as you use institution code 8395.

LSAC has also arranged with IELTS to receive scores electronically; however, you must indicate before or at the time of your exam that LSAC is to receive an official score report. If you do not make the request at that time, LSAC will be unable to retrieve your score information, and you will have to have your score report sent directly to the school(s) to which you apply.

LSAC cannot accept paper copies of score reports from applicants. Law schools participating in LLM CAS will accept your results as part of your LLM law school report, so there is no need to have additional copies sent to the participating law schools.

Once LSAC receives a TOEFL or IELTS score, it cannot be deleted or replaced. There are no exceptions. If we already have a score on file for you, and you take the test again and have the new score sent to us, we will include both scores in your law school report. The new score will not replace the previous score, no matter how long ago the previous score was reported. LSAC will include on your law school report all English proficiency scores we receive.

If we receive your TOEFL or IELTS score(s) after your law school report has been completed and/or released to a participating law school, we will update your report to reflect your TOEFL/IELTS results free of charge. The updated report will automatically be forwarded to the school(s) that previously received your report.