Global Impact

Known the world over for our academic excellence, Rutgers is a leading institution for global learning. International students are encouraged to consider applying and joining our innovative legal community that is revolutionizing legal education and scholarship for the 21st century. 

Learn more about admissions and programs open to international students and foreign lawyers at Rutgers Law!

International Student Admission

An international student applying for regular admission to Rutgers Law School must:

And if accepted:

  • Complete and return the Affidavit of Support form (I-143)
  • Obtain an I-20
  • Applicants with current F-1 visas must submit a photocopy of their I-94 card and complete the required paperwork with an authorized official at their present institution for an F-1 transfer.
2-Year Accelerated J.D. for Foreign Lawyers

My previous legal education in India coupled with the J.D. from the Rutgers Law Foreign Lawyer Program has given me the opportunity to become a truly global lawyer. This accelerated 2-year J.D. program gives you an in-depth knowledge of the U.S. legal system that a 9-month LL.M. program is only able to touch the surface of.

Vidhi Shah RLAW’17, Vice President at Legal Lituus Technologies

About the Foreign Lawyer Program

The Foreign Lawyer Program creates an opportunity for those who have earned a law degree abroad and practiced law outside the United States to receive up to 32 advance standing credits and earn a J.D. degree upon the completion of 58 credits at Rutgers Law School.

In general, students in the program first take all first-year required courses. Students with suitable prior academic experience may obtain an exception, at the vice dean’s discretion. The remaining credits will be completed in the upper-level curriculum.

Other than credits earned in law outside the United States, our law school does not accept credits in transfer from any other school outside of the United States. This does not apply to credits earned through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

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“All students in the classroom are enriched when they learn side-by-side with individuals who have perspective on another legal system. I look for every opportunity to provide that experience to our foreign-lawyer J.D. and U.S. J.D. students alike.”
Christina S. Ho
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Development, and New Programs