English Language Requirements

Proof of English proficiency is required if English is not your first language and your university education was in a language other than English. These applicants must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score for the Faculty of Law is 109 for the internet-based version, with a minimum score of 25 for writing and speaking skills, 267 (computer-based) or 630 (paper-based). [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984. Leave the department code blank.] The TOEFL Test Center will send your scores to us electronically.  Application forms and additional information may be obtained from the TOEFL website.
  • The International English Language Testing Service Academic (IELTS Academic).The minimum acceptable score for the Faculty of Law is 8.0 out of 9. The IELTS is offered at multiple test centres worldwide. Information on IELTS may be obtained from the IELTS website. IELTS scores will be sent directly to Western University electronically. 
  • NEW: To respond to challenges around access to IELTS and TOEFL testing due to restrictions imposed to combat the COVID 19 virus, the Faculty of Law will now accept the Duolingo English Test in lieu of IELTS or TOEFL for those applying for admission. The minimum score acceptable for the Faculty of Law is 130. The Duolingo testing website is https://englishtest.duolingo.com/home. Please select “Western University” from the Institution list, and your score will be sent to us electronically.

Applicants will self-report test scores as part of the online application; however, official test scores must, without exception, be received before admission will be given.