Language Proficiency Policy

LLM Applicants shall submit the English Proficiency Statement or a qualifying language score.   

To submit the English Proficiency Statement, an applicant must attest to one of the following: 

  1. Primary language is English.  A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood; 
  2. Earned a law degree from a recognized institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction was English; 
  3. Earned a prior academic degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States; 
  4. Successfully completed a non-degree program at UConn School of Law; or 
  5. Successfully completed an intensive English language course at UCAELI and received the accompanying certificate of English proficiency from UCAELI. 


If the applicant does not meet one of the above proficiency statements, the applicant shall submit a language proficiency score as set forth below. 


Score Requirements

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

  • TOEFL IBT® *: 90 
  • IELTS : 7.0 
  • TOEFL ITP : 577 
  • PTE : 65 
*We also accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition 
**Note: We are no longer accepting Duolingo English Test scores. 


Applicants with a TOEFL IBT® score of 80-89, a TOEFL ITP score of 550-576, a PTE score of 60-64 or an IELTS score of 6.5 should 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.  Determinations of English language proficiency will be made holistically based on a variety of factors.  

In some cases, where English language proficiency is still deemed insufficient, applicants may be considered for conditional admission.  In this circumstance, recommendations will be made as to how to meet the English language proficiency requirements prior to matriculation. 


Please note: 

In all instances, regardless of language proficiency or language test scores, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional materials or interviews upon which an admissions decision can be based or the right to deny an application.