Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens, regardless of the location of their degree-granting institution(s), are considered international applicants. All requirements for admission apply to international applicants.
All international students must have a reportable LSAT score. LSAT scores are reportable by LSAC for five years from the time of testing. Strong preference will be given to applicants who take the LSAT by February 2016.
We require an international transcript evaluation through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) if you completed more than one year of international post-secondary work. If the total amount of post-secondary work you completed outside the U.S., its territories, or Canada is the equivalent of one year or less of undergraduate study in the U.S./Canada, you can use a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), as LSAC does not evaluate international work equal to or less than the equivalent of one U.S./Canadian academic year.
Note that if your only international work was through a study-abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript, no international transcript is required.
The evaluation of international transcripts is included in the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription fee. Transcripts submitted through CAS will have an International Credential Evaluation completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS Law School Report.
To use the Credential Assembly Service, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive international transcripts.
Questions about the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
If you need an F-1 student visa, and if you are accepted for admission, you will be required to submit a Certification of Finances Form. You may obtain this form from the Mitchell Hamline website and submit it directly to Mitchell Hamline’s international student adviser.
Non-U.S. citizens must submit at least one of the following as supporting documentation of your current status: a photocopy of your permanent resident (green) card, I-94, I-515, photocopy of current passport visa stamp, employment authorization document, or other USCIS-approved document.
Competency in English
All courses are taught in English. If you are a non-native speaker of English or if you have been educated in a country where English is not the primary language, the Admissions Committee will look for evidence of language proficiency in your application, including your LSAT score and the quality of writing throughout your application.
We welcome, but do not require, the submission of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or other test of English proficiency. To submit your score, you will need to make arrangements with the Educational Testing Service (toefl.org) to take the TOEFL and have your score sent to LSAC for inclusion in your Credential Assembly Service Law School Report. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 0058.
Permanent resident applicants
All requirements for admission apply to permanent resident applicants.
Permanent resident applicants with bachelor’s or law degrees from non-U.S. colleges or universities must follow the above procedures for international applicants.
Permanent resident applicants with bachelor’s degrees from U.S. colleges or universities must submit a photocopy of their green card with their Mitchell Hamline application.
All requirements for admission and the above international applicant procedures apply to applicants who are foreign-educated lawyers.
Foreign-educated lawyers who are admitted to Mitchell Hamline may be eligible for up to 27 advanced standing credits. Advanced standing credit is considered for students who have completed a law degree outside of the U.S. or have completed the equivalent of at least one additional full-time year of graduate law study in a foreign country. The Registrar determines how many credits you are eligible for after you have been admitted to the school.
To submit your foreign law school coursework for advanced standing consideration, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation of your foreign law school transcript by a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Mitchell Hamline recommends that students use one of the following services:
Canadian Licensure Process
Students who wish to practice in Canada after graduation from any of our enrollment options (full time, part time, and part time hybrid) must apply for a Certificate of Qualification, through Canada’s National Committee of Accreditation (NCA). (The NCA does not assess the legal credentials of individuals who want to apply to and become members of the Barreau du Québec or the Chambre des notaires du Québec. These law societies have their own evaluation procedures.) The Certificate is the first step in applying for admission to a Canadian law society. It certifies that you have an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law, and your legal training is equivalent to that provided by an approved law school in Canada.
Hybrid Program applicants note that NCA applicants who have not obtained their law degree primarily (two-thirds or more) through in-person instruction will be required to successfully complete two years in an approved Canadian common law program in addition to meeting all other NCA assessment criteria. The Hybrid Program does not meet the in-person instruction standard established by this guideline as half, rather than two-thirds, of the instruction is done in-person.
Assessment of each applicant is done on an individual basis, must be done before an individual applies to a Canadian law society, and is based on the academic and professional background of the applicant.
To apply for the Certificate of Qualification students should:
- Contact the NCA or review the NCA website for complete instructions.
- Submit an application to the NCA.
- Submit a request to our Registrar, to have your final law school transcript sent to the NCA for evaluation. Your application will not be processed without a complete and final transcript upon completion of your J.D. Evaluation includes, but is not limited to: 1) proof that you completed a degree at an ABA-accredited law school and 2) your educational background including demonstration that you completed courses in the areas reflected in the Core Subjects and the mode of study (full time, part time, in person, by distance). See the NCA Policies and Guidelines for all assessment criteria. Some of the Core Subjects may be fulfilled by satisfactorily completing our courses, while other requirements may be satisfied by examination in Canada. Still other requirements may be fulfilled by completing assigned subjects at a Canadian law school.
- After successful completion of required competency exams and Canadian law school courses (if necessary), and receipt of the Certificate of Qualification, you will be able to take an articling position and sit for the law society licensing exam(s). Each law society has its own licensure process. You should contact the law society in the province or territory in which you are interested in practicing for information on its requirements for licensure.