The Admissions Team at Charlotte School of Law is dedicated to helping you navigate the application and acceptance process. All students to Charlotte School of Law take the same steps to apply. After acceptance, international students must show proof of funds to cover tuition before they are eligible to receive the paperwork needed to apply for the F-1 visa.
How to Apply:
Step 1. Create an AccountCreate an account at www.lsac.org.
Step 2. RegisterRegister for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The LSAT must be taken within five years of the application date.
Register for CAS service.
Step 3. SubmitSubmit the necessary documents for CAS
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Official college transcripts for all college coursework.
- Recommender evaluations (optional).
Step 4. Complete the ApplicationComplete your Charlotte School of Law application through www.lsac.org with required attachments:
- Personal Statement (one to three pages in length, double-spaced).
- If appropriate, a detailed written explanation of any academic action, past and pending legal charges and violations and any other disciplinary actions.
- Addendums containing other pertinent information you wish to disclose in order to give a complete picture of your potential as a law student.
Charlotte School of Law offers individuals who are graduates of foreign law schools or enrolled in a first degree granting law program in a foreign educational system the possibility of advanced standing. An individual may be granted up to 30 hours of credit towards a Juris Doctor at Charlotte School of Law for prior legal studies in another country.
American Bar Association Standards for the Approval of Law Schools govern advanced standing credits awarded to applicants from foreign law schools. The Associate Dean for Academic Services and Faculty Development, in consultation with the Registrar will assess each individual's prior course work and award appropriate credit hours for previous work.
Charlotte School of Law must find that any foreign studies were completed "in residence" at the foreign institution, and that the content and quality of the courses was at least equal to that required by an ABA approved school. An individual must also have received the equivalent of a "C" or above in any course that counts towards advanced standing credit.
Interested applicants should request advanced standing consideration, after the submission of their application, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign educated LL.M. students currently at Charlotte School of Law:Any LL.M. student at the Charlotte School of Law who is a graduate of a foreign law school may be eligible to receive advanced standing towards a Juris Doctor degree. Such individual may be awarded up to 24 JD credits for LL.M. coursework and six foreign degree credits. Determination of advanced standing credits follows the Charlotte School of Law advanced standing policy and ABA standards.
TOEFL InformationAll international students are required to submit proof of English language oral and written competency via official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results. Scores can be officially submitted to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and uploaded to a student's CAS report. Alternatively, students may have scores sent directly to Charlotte School of Law - TOEFL School Code: 4912.
The TOEFL score is not required for international applicants who:
- Have graduated from a college or university in the United States accredited in a manner accepted by the Charlotte School of Law (Studies must have been completed primarily in-person/on campus. Online programs do not meet the requirement.) -OR-
- Have completed, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, at least two years full-time study at a recognized secondary school, college or university whose primary language of instruction is English (Studies must have been completed primarily in-person/on campus. Online programs do not meet the requirement.) -OR-
- Are a citizen of one of the following countries:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- United Kingdom
- United States and any of its territories
Under certain circumstances, applicants to the Charlotte School of Law may request a waiver of the TOEFL score reporting requirement when applying for admission. A TOEFL waiver is not automatic for any applicant. To request a TOEFL waiver, the applicant must submit the TOEFL Waiver Request Form to the Office of Admissions. The student must have an application for admission on file to request a waiver.
Applicants seeking a waiver should complete the waiver request form indicating reasons they are requesting such an exemption, as well as evidence of their linguistic competence (e.g., a letter from an employer or employers for the required five year residency, or an article published in English).
Please contact the Admissions Office at 704-971-8540 to inquire about additional English proficiency support in lieu of the above recommendations.
TOEFL Waiver Request Form