International JD Applicants

Chicago-Kent welcomes applications from students who have earned degrees from foreign institutions. International applicants must submit all of the documents required of other applicants (application for admission, personal statement, LSAT/GRE score, CAS report, and letter of recommendation).  Detailed information about the application process, including information on the evaluation requirements for foreign educational credentials, is available in the First-Year Application Procedure. International applicants to the JD program are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams, but are encouraged to submit scores if they are available.

Advanced Standing for Foreign Law Graduates

Chicago-Kent may grant advanced standing to applicants who hold a first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school. The law school may grant up to 29 credit hours based on the applicant's prior legal study. Advanced standing determinations are made by the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs after meeting with each student seeking advanced standing. The extent of advanced standing is based upon review of the transcript from the foreign law school and the credentials report, and review of the specific coursework completed, in order to ensure that the student's educational experience was sufficient to justify the granting of advanced standing.

Student Visa Information for International Applicants

International students who wish to enter the United States for educational purposes will need to apply for a student visa. Degree seeking international students at Illinois Tech will receive a Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa. Information about the visa application process is automatically sent to all international students after admission.

We encourage prospective international students to become familiar with the regulations for F-1 visa holders. There are specific regulations concerning employment, practical training and the length of time you may remain in the United States upon completion of your academic program. In addition, most U.S. employers are not willing or able to sponsor F-1 students for H-1B work visas. Although we are convinced that a J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent affords many valuable tools to prepare you for future success, it is important that you understand that successfully completing your degree and obtaining bar admission in any state in the United States is unlikely to result in your ability to remain in the United States after the expiration of your student visa.

The following websites may be useful in understanding F-1 visa regulations:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/maintaining-status

Illinois Tech International Center
https://web.iit.edu/international-center/current-students/employment/f-1-employment-options

For questions about student visas and the visa application process, please contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312-906-5020).