English Language Requirements
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must take a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam and meet the minimum scores indicated below.
Exceptions to this policy will be granted to applicants who:
- Hold a first degree in law from an institution where English is the language of instruction and an official language of the country in which the university is located is English (see complete list of countries eligible for exception below), or
- Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
English language test scores may not be more than two years old. Please visit the sites below to arrange for a test date or to request scores to be sent to St. Thomas University College of Law:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The institution code for St. Thomas University College of Law is 5076 and the department code is 03.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Pearsons Test of English (PTE)
English Language Minimum Scores
To be considered for admission, the minimum required scores are as follows:
- TOEFL 84 ibt or 563 paper based
- IELTS 6.5
- PTE Academic 56
Please note: The scores above are the minimum scores for admissions consideration. Meeting the minimum score requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.
Countries Eligible for Exception from the above listed requirements
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon*, Canada*, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria. Pakistan, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
*Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.
Alternatively, the Program Administration may assess the English language proficiency of an applicant through personal interviews and writing samples.