Master's and LLM Degrees

English Conditional Admission

The Graduate Legal Studies department underscores the importance of a student’s success in the classroom on their path to achieving their academic goals. For this reason, we offer English Conditional Admission for our Master of Laws and Master of Legal Studies programs for students who’s primary language is not English. Students apply to their preferred program without submitting official English language test scores, and are admitted with the condition that they attend the English Language Center here at DU.

The English Language Center prepares English language learners with the necessary communicative and cultural competencies to be successful members of the DU and Denver communities.

If you have specific questions regarding the English Language Center please contact or (303) 871-3075.

Please review the following information as you explore the English Conditional Admission option through Graduate Legal Studies.

For further inquiries, contact Graduate Legal Studies at or (303) 871-6249.

What is English Conditional Admission?

English Conditional Admission allows students to be considered for conditional admission without submitting TOEFL or IELTS score and pursue English language studies at the University of Denver English Language Center prior to beginning their education in the Graduate Legal Studies department.

ECA is also available to those who have taken the TOEFL/IELTS but have not met the minimum score requirement for our programs.

Depending on placement, students typically must complete two to four quarters of intensive English instruction before they can begin their academic degree programs; each level corresponds to one quarter.

In order to gain regular admission into one of Denver Law Graduate programs, students must do ONE of the following:

  1. Enroll at the English Language Center and complete coursework through Level 5; once Level 5 is completed, students can begin their law coursework in the next available term.
  2. Submit a TOEFL/IELTS score (which can be done while enrolled at the ELC or while maintaining ECA status without being enrolled at the ELC) that meets the required program minimums.

How do I apply for English Conditional Admission?

Applicants must follow regular admission procedures and submit necessary application materials for the intended degree program. Details and admission instructions can be viewed on the International Students Application page.

If admitted to a program with English Conditional Admission, applicants will be given instructions on how to submit a separate DU ELC application when the acceptance letter is issued.

Students must check if the term during which they intend to study at the English Language Center is available. Please be aware that seats fill up fast, but waitlists are available.

Applicants must submit a tuition deposit for their regular academic program in order to secure a seat, as outlined in the student’s acceptance letter.

What do I do after admission to my GLS program and the English Language Center?

Applicants will be notified by the ELC whether or not they have been admitted; additional information regarding testing and orientation will be sent by the ELC.

Students that require new I-20 or I-20 transfers for U.S. visas must work with the department of Graduate Legal Studies in order to initiate the required paperwork, which includes Financial Verification Form, International Student Supplement, and other materials. More information can be viewed here. The Graduate Legal Studies office will send the I-20 documents directly to the applicant.

Upon arrival at the University of Denver, ECA students will check in with the English Language Center. Students should also notify Graduate Legal Studies regarding the level of placement and anticipated ELC graduation term, so that GLS can anticipate the law program start term.

Please note that the English Language Center is on a quarter system while Sturm College of Law operates mainly on semesters. The one exception is the Graduate Tax program, which also operates on the quarter system.



Andrea Guevara graduated from Sturm College of Law in 2015 after completing the International Business Transactions LLM. If considering attending DU after studying at the English Language Center, take a minute to hear her story.

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Denver, CO 80208