Law (J.D.) Graduate Pathway

Saint Louis University's Law (J.D.) Graduate Pathway Program prepares students to enter the next semester of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) for Foreign Lawyers degree program. Upon successfully completing the graduate pathway program and meeting the University's requirements for matriculation, students may enter the next semester of graduate study.

Program Entry Requirements

Two-Semester (Standard) Pathway

  • First degree in law adequate for bar qualification in home country (L.L.B. or equivalent)
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Current résumé 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Character and fitness questionnaire
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Language requirement (one of the following):
    • TOEFL iBT 90 
    • IELTS 7.0 
    • PTEA 60 
    • Completion of AE Level 5
    • Duolingo 115
  1. Students will be able to execute a variety of verbal tasks in academic settings using English that can be understood by those unaccustomed to non-native speakers.
  2. Students will be able to execute a variety of written tasks in academic settings using English that can be understood by those unaccustomed to non-native writers.
  3. Students will be able to apply a process-driven approach to completing verbal and written academic assignments in multiple disciplines and modes.
  4. Students will be able to deploy reflective and self-regulated learning strategies.

Two-Semester (Standard) Pathway

Required Courses
EAP 4010Recitation for the Pro-Seminar in U.S. Legal Studies1
EAP 4010Recitation for Legal Research and Writing1
EAP 4010Recitation for American Legal Culture1
EAP 4100Introduction to Reading and Writing for International Graduate Students I3
EAP 4150Listening and Speaking for International Graduate Students I2
EAP 4200Advanced Reading and Writing as Researchers for International Graduate Students3
EAP 4250Advanced Listening and Speaking for International Graduate Students II2
EAP 4xxxLaw Vocabulary1
LAW 9993Pro-Sem in U.S.Legal Studies1
LAW 9994American Legal Culture2
LAW 9995US Law: Lgl Research & Writing3
LSAT Test Preparation
Total Credits20

Continuation Standards

  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative SLU GPA
  • Grade of "B" or better in Introduction to U.S. Law course
  • No C-/D/F/W/I/P/NP/S/U grades

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative SLU GPA
  • Grade of "B" or better in Introduction to U.S. Law course
  • No C-/D/F/W/I/P/NP/S/U grades
  • LSAT score of 152 or above
  • Complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) file required
  • SLU LAW J.D. application
  • Successful completion of Program Portfolio

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Two-Semester (Standard) Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EAP 4010 Recitation for the Pro-Seminar in U.S. Legal Studies 1
EAP 4100 Introduction to Reading and Writing for International Graduate Students I 3
EAP 4150 Listening and Speaking for International Graduate Students I 2
EAP 4XXXLaw Vocabulary 1
LAW 9993 Pro-Sem in U.S.Legal Studies 1
LSAT Test Preparation  
 Credits8
Spring
EAP 4010Recitation for Legal Research and Writing 1
EAP 4010Recitation for American Legal Culture 1
EAP 4200 Advanced Reading and Writing as Researchers for International Graduate Students 3
EAP 4250 Advanced Listening and Speaking for International Graduate Students II 2
LAW 9994 American Legal Culture 2
LAW 9995 US Law: Lgl Research & Writing 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits20