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Academic Rule XXI. Advanced Standing for Graduates of Foreign Law Programs

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Graduates of non-U.S. law schools may apply for admission to the J.D. program with Advanced Standing. Students may receive credit for up to one third of the required credits for the CUA J.D. from prior legal studies in a foreign country. The total amount of credit allowed will be determined on an individual basis. The ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools govern advanced standing credit for applicants who have graduated from foreign law schools. The course work in the foreign law school must have been done “in residence” at the foreign law school and CUA must be satisfied that the quality of the educational program at the foreign school was at least equal to that of an ABA approved law school.

Students who receive advanced standing credit must complete the remaining two-thirds of the work for the J.D. in residence at CUA.

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