Application & Timeline
For admission as a J.D. candidate, a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university is required. You also must have demonstrated your capacity for the study of law by a competent undergraduate record and superior performance on the Law School Admission Test. First-year students are admitted for full-time study in the fall only. The School of Law has no program for part-time or evening study; however exceptions can be made for students with disabilities or students providing primary care for their children.
You may submit your application electronically via the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC) or you may use our Easy Application for admission to the Juris Doctor Program. Each applicant is advised that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and the applicant is encouraged, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which you intend to practice.
Required items to submit:
- completed application, including LSAT score & transcript
- $70 application fee
- a personal statement 2-3 pages in length
- 2 letters of recommendation minimum
1. Interview- All applicants (with complete application files) are encouraged to interview with a member of the admissions team as a part of the application process. Interviews may take place in person, by phone, or by Skype. Please contact the admissions office to schedule one.
Reactivation Procedure: If you were not admitted, but want to be reconsidered the next year, send a letter or e-mail requesting reactivation of your application. We will request a new CAS (formerly LSDAS) report from LSAC. You may also submit an entirely new application online. We encourage you to submit additional evidence of academic ability if you decide to be reconsidered for admission.
- JD applications for the fall 2013 entering class are now being accepted.
- June 10 Last chance to take the LSAT for Fall 2013 consideration
- April 15 First tuition deposit of $300 due to reserve seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition) for those applicants notified of admission before March 31st.
- May 1 First deposit may be refunded if the Admissions Office is notified in writing, starting the request for a refund. After this date, all deposits become non-refundable
- **June 1 Second deposit of $500 due to reserve seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition)
- August 1 Official undergraduate transcript due to the Admissions Office
*Applicants notified after April 1, 2013 may be given different deposit dates. All deposits made after May 1 are nonrefundable.
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