Frequently Asked Questions
The information below is specific to our in-person Animal Law MSL program. For details regarding our online Animal Law MSL program, go here.
Applying & Admissions to the in-person Animal Law MSL program
In order to be successful in our program, students must have excellent English comprehension and writing skills. Like most U.S. law schools, our program requires extensive reading and writing on a daily basis. Applicants can meet the English proficiency in one of the following ways:
1) if English was the primary language of their university education and the official language of the country in which the university is located;
2) if English was the primary language of their university education and if their university is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency;
3) a minimum IELTS score of 8; or
4) a minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 100.
Due to the considerable need for scholarship support to make the LLM Program feasible for many of our applicants and the time needed to process visa applications for international students, admitted students who have been offered a scholarship will be given approximately two weeks to accept or decline an offer of admission. The letter of admission will state how long the applicant has.
Program Costs & Scholarship Opportunities
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for financial aid awards provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
All eligible students should submit the FAFSA any time after October 1 of the year before they intend to start law school. Having a FAFSA on file ensures eligible students access to low interest federal loans and the federal work-study program. Loan amounts are determined by the Office of Financial Aid using the information you provide in the FAFSA form.
Although no financial aid award will be made until after a student is admitted, we strongly recommend filing a FAFSA at the same time as you apply for admission.
To learn more about the FAFSA and how to file, visit our Tuition & Financial Aid department page here.
Whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship, all international candidates must demonstrate they have sufficient personal funds to study in the U.S. under an F-1 student visa. The exact amount that needs to be demonstrated increases slightly each year as tuition and other costs rise.
In recent years, applicants paying full tuition have needed to demonstrate that they had approximately $47,000 for tuition expenses and $31,000 for non-tuition expenses, for a total of $78,000. The amount that applicants who have received a partial scholarship have had to show can be determined by deducting the amount of their award from this approximate total.
CALS regrets that it is unable to assist candidates in procuring funding beyond what is awarded in a scholarship.