Information for Non-Degree Students

A limited number of law school graduates may be admitted in a non-degree status to take up to 6 hours of credit.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for non-degree students are the same as those for degree candidates:

U.S. Law School Graduates

  • BA or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university and
  • JD or equivalent degree from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)

Non-U.S. Law School Graduates

  • LLB in good academic standing
  • English proficiency as reflected on the TOEFL or IELTS exam*
    • Score of 100 IBT or 600 PBT on the TOEFL, or
    • Score of 7.0 or higher for the IELTS

*Applicants with a prior degree earned in the U.S. or elsewhere but in the medium of the English language are exempt from submitting a test score.

Non-degree students who subsequently apply for and are granted admission to one of the graduate programs as a degree candidate may have the credits earned at the law school applied toward degree requirements. However, admission as a degree candidate is not guaranteed. Enrollment in individual courses as a non-degree student will also depend on space availability.

Application Requirements

To apply as a non-degree student, the following are required:

  1. Completed application
  2. Statement of interest which includes the desired start semester and preferred classes
  3. Transcripts from prior law studies
  4. Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  5. CV or résumé that reflects your work and education history


Contact Us

GW Law Graduate Programs
2000 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]