Language Proficiency Policy

Language Proficiency Policy

Most international applicants to the UConn School of Law LLM programs will be required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency as part of their application.  Certain exceptions exist, which are listed below.  Please read carefully through this page for the information that applies to you.

Score Requirements

The following scores meet our admissions requirements without further need to demonstrate proficiency:

  • TOEFL IBT® : 90
  • TOEFL IPT : 577
  • PTE : 65
  • IELTS : 7.0

Applicants with a TOEFL IBT® score of 80-89, a TOEFL IPT score of 550-576, a PTE score of 60-64 or an IELTS score of 6.5 should further substantiate proficiency in English through additional evidence of English language skills, including, but not limited to, a strong writing sample in conjunction with an interview with an admissions representative.

Applicants with a TOEFL IBT® score of less than 80, a TOEFL IPT score of less than 550, a PTE of less than 60 or an IELTS score of less than 6.0 may be considered for conditional admission. Applicants will be required to either (1) pass a proficiency test administered by the University of Connecticut American English Language Institution (UCAELI) at the additional cost of $45 or (2) successfully complete an ESL program in the U.S. that is satisfactory to the Admissions Committee plus obtain a new TOEFL IBT® score of at least 80 or a new IELTS score of at least 6.0 before being admitted  to the LLM Program.

Special Announcement Regarding English-Proficiency Testing and the Coronavirus:

  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak and its effects on TOEFL and IELTS testing, UConn Law Graduate Admissions is currently accepting the TOEFL IBT Home Edition and the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for LLM admission. Both tests offer a convenient in-home testing option, which will allow students flexibility to demonstrate English proficiency despite the precautions necessitated by the coronavirus.
  • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 100/160 will be required for admission. The score requirements for the TOEFL iBT Home Edition are the same as for the standard TOEFL IBT (see above).
  • Students should send Duolingo English Test results to UConn Law Graduate Admissions electronically through the Duolingo English Test platform. Once official scores are received, they will be added to students’ application files.

Exemptions

Any international applicant may claim exemption from the language requirement by submitting a written request with his or her application for admission that includes an explanation of the applicant’s proficiency in English along with original documentation supporting the requested exemption on the basis of one or more of the below categories.  Exemptions are not automatic and require the approval of the Admissions Committee. The applicant may be exempt from submitting proof of English language proficiency in the following cases:

  • Earned a law degree from a recognized institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction was English;
  • Earned a prior academic degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States;
  • Has resided and worked speaking English in an English-speaking country for not less than two years prior to the date of application;
  • Has successfully been a non-degree at UConn School of Law and seeks advanced standing in an LLM or Executive LLM program (see Apply page for more information);
  • Has completed an intensive English language course at UCAELI and received the accompanying certificate of English proficiency from UCAELI; or
  • The applicant’s native language is English.

Please note:

In all instances, regardless of TOEFL IBT®, PTE or IELTS score or requested exemption, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny an application and to require a writing sample and an online, phone, or in-person interview as a condition for consideration of any application.