International Applicants

The Application Process

To be considered for admission into Vermont Law School's Master’s and JD programs, you must have completed a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. For the LLM programs you must have completed a JD degree from an ABA-accredited institution or the international first law degree equivalent prior to enrolling.

Required Documents

JD Programs

  1. Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Required Essay
  3. Official LSAT Score
  4. Official Transcript Evaluation through LSAC
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Character and Fitness Information
  7. Official English Language score report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

LLM Programs

  1. Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Required Essay
  3. Legal Writing Sample in English
  4. Official Transcript Evaluation from all schools attended
  5. Two letters of Recommendation
  6. Official English Language Score Report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

Masters Programs

  1. Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Required Essay
  3. Official Transcript
  4. Character and Fitness Information
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Official English Language Score Report (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)

How to Apply

Applicants to our JD program are required to apply through LSAC.org. Applicants to our LLM programs have the option of applying through LSAC.org or using the VLS Web Application. Masters applicants must use the VLS Web Application.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start (August)

Early Decision: November 15th
Priority: April 15th
Final Deadline for International Students: June 1st

Summer Start (May)

Early Decision: November 15th
Priority: March 1st
Final Deadline for International Students: March 1st

If you are interested in our online programs, please inquire about the next start term. The online programs offer six start terms each year.

English Proficiency

English language proficiency is required to ensure success while studying at a U.S. higher education institution. Vermont Law School requires a language exam for all students for whom English is not their primary language spoken. Vermont Law School accepts the following language exams to provide sufficient evidence of English language proficiency. When requesting your electronic scores to Vermont Law School use the code 3946.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
Minimum score required: 100
Register here for the TOEFL

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
Minimum score required: 6.5
Register here for the IELTS

PTE: Pearson Test of English
Minimum score required: 68
Register here for the PTE

The English language proficiency requirement is not required for applicants who have completed two years of study from a higher education institution where English is the dominant and official language or their country of citizenship is a country whose official language is English. Vermont Law School reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency for any applicant.

Applicants may request an English language proficiency waiver. The waiver process requires a Skype interview with a member of the admissions team. The granting of a waiver is at the discretion of the Office of Admissions and additional proof of language proficiency may be required.

All official score reports should be mailed in the original sealed envelope to:

Vermont Law School Office of Admissions
164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

All English Language Proficiency requests should be directed to Ms. Gabriella Marsh, Assistant Director for International Admissions and Services at gmarsh@vermontlaw.edu.

Official Transcript Evaluations

An official transcript evaluation is a required part of the application process. Evaluations must include the courses you have completed, the grades you received, and an overall evaluation of your cumulative coursework. Official transcript evaluations should come directly from the evaluation service. Listed below are suggested transcript evaluation services. The evaluation service must be accredited by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

 

  1. WES
  2. ECE
  3. Spantran

 

All Official Score Reports should be mailed in the original sealed envelope to:

Vermont Law School Office of Admissions
164 Chelsea Street PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068

Immigration and Visa Information

Incoming international students who wish to study at Vermont Law School should request an F-1 Student Visa. An F-1 Student Visa is a non-immigrant visa status which allows you to study full time at a SEVIS approved institution. All incoming international students who wish to study on an F-1 student visa will be issued a Form I-20. The Form I-20 is a non-immigration document that is required to achieve your student visa. To learn more about the F-1 Student Visa process please visit Study in the States.

As an incoming F-1 Student and before your I-20 can be created, it is required of you to provide proof of funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the duration of your program of study. Vermont Law Schools requires the completion and submission of an International Student Affidavit to document that you have sufficient financial resources to pay for and attend Vermont Law School.

You can submit your International Student Affidavit before or after acceptance. Complete your International Student Affidavit here.

Along with your International Student Affidavit the following supporting documents must be included: bank statements and/or a letter from the bank with the total amount of available funds designated for your graduate program at Vermont Law School.

Your Student Affidavit and supporting document should be emailed directly to Ms. Gabriella Marsh, Assistant Director for International Admissions and Services at gmarsh@vermontlaw.edu.

Cost of Attendance and Scholarship Information

Vermont Law School offers merit-based, need-based, and opportunity-based scholarships. Scholarships are awarded by Vermont Law School and made possible through the generous contributions of VLS alumni and donors. The awards are based on academic abilities, achievements, community service, and other considerations. See what potential scholarships are available here.

Cost of Attendance can be found through the following links:

NOTE: Tuition, fees, and cost of attendance are subject to change each year.

Vermont Law School is committed to welcoming all international students from across the globe. We draw strength from our diversity and global reach and our commitment to being agents of change. If you have any questions please contact:

Ms. Gabriella Marsh, MS
Assistant Director for International Admissions and Services
gmarsh@vermontlaw.edu
802-831-1142