International J.D./LL.M. Applicants

Application Instructions for International Students

To find out more about the LL.M. Program, click on the following link: LL.M Program

We welcome applications from international students.  Links to and directions for the applications cited below can be found on the Applying page at this web site. Please submit all of the following items to apply to Valparaiso University Law School:

  • Complete application  Email for LLM application or complete J.D. Law School application
    (with all supporting documentation – personal statement, resume/CV, 2 letters of recommendation, application fee, financial support guarantee documents, etc.)
  • There is NO VU-Law application fee
  • Academic records. Certified copies of the original and English versions of all of your university academic records or transcripts (if we do not already have them).
  • A copy of your passport (AND copies of passports of any dependents who will accompany you).
  • Affidavit of Financial Support.  The University is required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to determine that you have sufficient resources to cover all of your expenses while in the United States.  Therefore, a notarized statement of financial support must be submitted, as well as supporting documents.
  • Proof of Language Proficiency.  Satisfactory completion of the INTERLINK English Language program, or minimum score of 95 (i-BT) on the TOEFL, or 7 on the IELTS, is generally required for admission.

For the LL.M. Program, it is recommended that we receive your completed application with supporting documents three months prior to the term in which you want to enroll.  For the JD Program, the application deadline is April 1.  When your file is complete, it will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.

Costs for 2017-2018

All international students must make their own arrangements for financing their expenses at Valparaiso University Law School before they arrive in the United States.  An estimate of expenses, not including vacations, for two semesters is as follows:

International JD:

Tuition and fees:  $41,532

Estimated Living expenses:  $14,000

Total = $55,532 U.S. Dollars per year

LLM Students:

Tuition and fees:  $30,932

Estimated Living expenses:  $14,000

Total = $44,932 U.S. Dollars per year

Health Insurance

Valparaiso University requires that all international students enroll in a special insurance program (limit of $250,000 U.S. Dollars) in case there are major medical expenses.  However, if you can document that you have comparable insurance coverage provided by your parents or sponsor, you need not enroll in the University program.

We look forward to receiving your completed application for admission.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 219.465.7821 or Our fax number is 219.465.7975.