Advanced J.D. Program for Non-U.S. Lawyers

Campbell Law’s Advanced Juris Doctor (A.J.D.) Program for Non-U.S. Lawyers is for those who have studied law outside the U.S., but now want to expand their professional opportunities by earning a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in the United States. Graduates receive a J.D. degree from Campbell Law, with the opportunity to sit for a U.S. bar exam after completion.

As the Raleigh area and the practice of law become more globally connected, Campbell Law highly values and seeks out the perspectives, experiences, and education that foreign-born students provide. All students who successfully matriculate into Campbell Law within the A.J.D. Program will automatically receive a $7,500 Global Engagement Scholarship. It is renewable each year the student attends Campbell Law, so long as the recipient remains in good academic standing.

You need not apply for these scholarships. We award them automatically.

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A.J.D. participants are fully integrated into the traditional, three-year J.D. program – they join the entering class, take all the classes required of J.D. students, and form all the bonds that constitute the U.S. legal profession. Through the A.J.D. program, appropriately qualified students may be granted advanced standing for up to 29 credits in recognition of their prior studies. As a result, students may complete their J.D. in less than three years of full-time study. 

A.J.D. program participants are true J.D. students. Participants in the program are fully integrated into the entering first year class. Students in the A.J.D. Program for non-U.S. lawyers must fulfill all the same requirements to earn the J.D. degree as those on the traditional three-year track, including taking all the courses in the standard first-year curriculum and fulfilling the same upper-level course requirements to earn the J.D.

The only difference between the regular three-year J.D. program and the accelerated J.D. track is that the A.J.D. students receive up to one year’s worth of credits for their non-U.S. legal studies. Students in the A.J.D. program, however, earn exactly the same J.D. degree as students on the traditional path. 

Candidates for the A.J.D. Program must possess, or be pursuing, an undergraduate or graduate law degree from a non-U.S. law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located. However, candidates do not have to be a member of the bar in the nation in which they received or are pursuing a law degree in order to qualify.

Students in the A.J.D. program should be prepared to read, and discuss in class, difficult technical material. Daily class preparation is demanding and students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of foreign applicants seeking admission from nations in which English is not the primary language of instruction. The admissions committee evaluates many factors, including, but not limited to, the nature of the applicant’s educational experiences, grade trends, graduate study, extracurricular activities, unique educational or occupational experiences, substantial community service, socioeconomic background, and personal challenges.

Campbell Law does not require an LSAT for applicants to the A.J.D. Program.

The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information, such as a personal interview or independent confirmation of prior degrees, depending on individual considerations.

For Fall consideration, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis from September 1 until May 1, as space permits. All documentation/information should be submitted through the LSAC Electronic Application Service.

Submit the application through LSAC Electronic Application Service. The application fee is waived.

All transcripts should be submitted through Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service. (Please note that LSAC charges fees for services through the Credential Assembly Service.)

The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.

The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction.

At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the institution awarding the first law degree. If not, please explain why this is not available in the appropriate departmental question on the application. The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant’s analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.


Proof of English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English, and who do not qualify for a waiver. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not satisfy requirements for a waiver, must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report. Campbell requires a minimum TOEFL score of 105 with no component lower than 26, or overall IELTS score of 7.5 with no subsection less than 7.0.


Completion of the A.J.D. program from Campbell Law will satisfy the degree requirement for eligibility to sit for the bar examination in any state in the United States; some states require graduates also to complete pro bono service or other extracurricular requirements in addition to earning the degree.

Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that bar admission in all U.S. states involves consideration of a bar applicant’s character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

  • Students in the A.J.D. program for non-U.S. lawyers pay the same tuition and fees as students on the traditional three-year track, except that students from Southwest Law School in Chongquig, China will be granted a 10% reduction in tuition. 
  • The application fee normally charged for applicants to the J.D. program is waived for applicants from Southwest Law School in Chongquig, China.
  • Students in the A.J.D. program for non-U.S. lawyers must pay their own expenses for room and board, textbooks and related materials, travel, clothing and personal items, passports and visas, and any other debts incurred during their studies. Since Campbell does not have dormitories or residence halls, students in the J.D. program for non-U.S. lawyers must secure their own housing and meals in the Raleigh, N.C. area.
  • Students in the A.J.D. program for non-U.S. lawyers will be required, at their own expense, to have health insurance with international coverage that meets or exceed federal requirements.
  • Applicants must provide documentation showing adequate financial support for the relevant period of study.