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Pre-LL.M. English Language Study

For those applicants otherwise qualified for admission to Fordham’s LL.M. program, but unable to fulfill the TOEFL, ILEC, or IELTS language requirement, we are pleased to offer admission contingent on full-time English language study and successful progress in Fordham’s Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC).

Studying at the IALC

Located on Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan in close proximity to Fordham Law School, the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) prepares non-native English speakers for success in undergraduate and graduate level American classrooms.  Fordham LL.M. applicants admitted subject to this English language condition must complete the Fordham English Language Test (FELT) and register for a full-time schedule of English language courses at IALC based on their FELT score.  The FELT will be administered upon arrival at Fordham and follow-up English level assessments will occur at the end of each semester of study at IALC.  LL.M. applicants must continue their full-time language studies at IALC until an English proficiency level of 6B (university preparatory level) has been achieved as determined by IALC.

Transferring to the LL.M. Program

Once sufficient English proficiency is achieved, students will begin their studies in the LL.M. program.  Students will enter the LL.M. program in the fall (August) or spring (January) term immediately following successful completion of their English studies at IALC. 

If you are interested in this option please apply to Fordham’s Master of Laws program through the normal application process.  For complete application requirements and instructions please visit

For more information on IALC, please visit