English Proficiency

Foreign graduates from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are presumed to be proficient in English. Graduates from schools in which all instruction is in English may also be considered proficient, but must separately inquire. All other applicants must demonstrate their English proficiency by achieving:

  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the Internet-based test
  • A minimum of 7.5 on the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

No other test or certificate based methods of demonstrating English proficiency will be considered for the LSAC application. Additionally, in some cases, a video teleconference, telephone or in-person interview may be required to confirm English proficiency.

As part of their orientation, all foreign graduates (other than graduates from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to take the Orientation GSTEP (Georgia State Test of English Proficiency). Depending on a student’s score on the GSTEP, additional instruction in English may be required.

Applicants scoring lower than 100 but above 90 on the TOEFL or lower than 7.5 but above 6.5 on the IELTS may be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. program if they enroll in the pre-LL.M. summer program. This program is called the English for Professional Purposes: Law (EPP:L). Full admission to the LL.M. program is conditioned on successful completion of the EPP:L program for students who followed the appropriate LL.M. application process prior to deadlines.
English for Professional Purposes: Law (EPP:L) prepares international LL.M. candidates who are non-native English speakers for the demands of graduate coursework in law. The EPP:L is administered by Georgia State's Department of Applied Linguistics/ESL through its Intensive English Program (IEP). Learn more>>

The EPPL application fee is waived for conditionally admitted Georgia State Law LL.M. students. However, the costs of tuition, fees and health insurance are the student’s responsibility.

  • Note: failure of a conditionally admitted LL.M. applicant to enroll in the EPP:L program will result in immediate cancellation of conditional admission.

The EPP:L program is open to any foreign law student seeking additional preparation in legal English; not just Georgia State Law applicants or admitted students. It is an excellent preparatory course for any student whose first language or language of study is other than English. Foreign-trained graduates are strongly encouraged to consider taking this course as preparation for the LL.M. program.

Courses include:
  • Academic Legal Writing and Analysis (IEP 0998, 6 course hours): Students review, analyze and write in different genres, beginning with case briefing, synthesizing reasoning in multiple cases while noticing and using specific linguistic structures and patterns. Students also practice writing answers to typical law school examination questions.
  • Reading and Understanding Legal Materials (IEP 0997, 6 course hours): Students receive instruction in how to read a case for the purpose of understanding legal reasoning and analysis. Students learn legal terms and how to apply reasoning to other fact situations consistent with the American common law system.
  • Interactive Listening and Speaking in Various Legal Forums (IEP 0999, 6 course hours): Students watch and discuss live and recorded law classes. Students interact with live courtroom proceedings and meet with legal practitioners in the Atlanta area. Students also prepare video-recorded formal presentations for feedback.


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