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Two-Year Juris Doctor (JD) for International Lawyers

Lawyers with a first degree in law from outside the United States who are admitted to our program receive one year’s credit toward their Juris Doctor degree. This enables them to graduate in two years but still to receive the same J.D. degree that our three-year students receive.

Two-year students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They take the regular first-year curriculum required of all J.D. students and in the second year select from an extensive array of elective courses and seminars.

In addition to either a first degree in law from outside the U.S., applicants must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishments. The preferred scores are as follows: 

  • TOEFL: 100 (internet-based total); 250 (computer-based total); or 600 (paper-based total)
  • IELTS: 7

Richmond Law may occasionally accept students with a slightly lower score where there are other indications of the necessary language fluency.

Timeline

September 1, 2020 
We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021. All applicants must apply through LSAC.org.

 

March 1, 2021
Priority consideration for admission. We will continue to accept applications thereafter until the class is filled.

Requirements

Application

The application must be completed in full, with all required and any relevant optional questions answered. All applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

Transcripts

After you register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), you must have a transcript sent to LSAC from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended. This includes dual credit in high school, college-level summer school, transfer credit, etc. This must also include an official transcript showing your grades and class standing at the end of the first year.

Résumé

The résumé may be of any length and should provide chronological information about your academic background, work experiences, extracurricular or charitable activities, and accomplishments.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be approximately two pages in length and can address any topic you deem relevant. We encourage you to provide information about yourself not otherwise found in your application. We do not recommend explaining any legal or educational issues associated with your application here. If needed, please address these issues in an addendum. We do encourage addressing why you wish to transfer or visit.

Addendum

An addendum must be submitted to address any legal, character and fitness, or educational issues associated with your application. If there are multiple issues, each should be addressed in its own addendum. There is no required format.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should use the Letter of Recommendation Service offered through CAS. Although none are requried, we strongly encourage two letters of recommendation for Transfer applicants.

Other Statements

Richmond Law considers whether a student comes from an underprivileged socioeconomic  profession. We encourage any additional statements you wish to provide.

TOEFL or IELTS/Waivers

International applicants are expected to demonstrate fluency in the English language. Candidates for whom their native language is not English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. All scores must be submitted through LSAC, paper copies of scores are not accepted.

International applicants who believe they are fluent in English or have completed their undergraduate (or other advanced degrees) at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English; may request a waiver of the English language testing requirement. Applicants must submit a written statement indicating their level of proficiency and how they achieved it, i.e. either through school instruction or work experience in an English-speaking professional job.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The law school is committed to enforcing its policy against discriminatory admission practices based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Information about age, race and gender of applicants is needed by the school for statistical purposes only. An applicant's age or gender will have no effect on the admissions process. The school believes that an applicant's race or ethnic group is a factor that legitimately can be considered during the admissions process to promote the representation of minorities in the law school and the legal profession. Neither gender, nor age, nor race will be used in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

You are assured both by school policy and by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that the information will be confidential and accessible only to school officials, government agencies, and others with a legitimate educational interest in this information.

Licensure & Certification Disclosures

The University of Richmond School of Law programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for Virginia licensure and certification requirements. Admission into any programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies, not controlled by or affiliated with the University of Richmond School of Law, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of Richmond School of Law has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional licensure and certification requirements. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether the completion of the University of Richmond School of Law programs will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v).