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Florida State University

 

English Language Proficiency

Any international applicant to the LL.M in American Law or the LL.M in Business Law who earned his or her first law degree outside the U.S. must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants to the LL.M. in Environmental Law must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.5.

If the applicant cannot receive the minimum score stated above, the applicant must demonstrate additional evidence of English skills. This may include submission of additional writing samples in English and/or an in-person, telephone or Skype interview with members of the admissions committee.

If the applicant’s TOEFL/IELTS score is lower than the required minimum, the applicant may receive conditional admission. Conditional admission requires the applicant to successfully to obtain the required minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS before being admitted to the program.

A limited category of applicants may receive exemptions from the language testing requirement under limited conditions for the reasons stated below. Exemptions are not automatic and must be approved by the Admissions Committee. Any applicant seeking waiver of the testing requirement should send a request to that effect, along with supporting documentation, in his/her application for admission. 

Waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS (English Language Proficiency) requirement may be granted if:

  • The applicant earned a degree from an institution of higher learning where the primary language of instruction was English
  • The applicant is a native English speaker
  • The applicant has lived and worked in the United States or another English-speaking country for a considerable period of time, and has worked in English during that time

In very limited cases, waivers may be granted for other compelling reasons.

TOEFL Requirement

At the time you register to take the TOEFL, request that your test scores be sent to Florida State University to avoid delays in processing your application. Florida State University's institutional code number is 5219. You should send a copy of your TOEFL scores with your application. However, official scores must be forwarded to FSU by the testing agency for the applicant's file to be deemed complete.

All inquiries concerning taking the TOEFL or directing scores to Florida State Law should be addressed to:

TOEFL
Educational Testing Service
Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA.
toefl.org

IELTS Requirement

At the time you register to take the IELTS (ielts.org), request that your test scores be sent to Florida State University to avoid delays in processing your application. All inquiries concerning taking the IELTS or directing scores to Florida State Law should be sent to IELTS: ielts.org/contact_us.aspx.