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 to begin your application 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. 

Washington University School of Law has a holistic approach to admission decisions, considering many qualities candidates offer as members of our community, in addition to the traditional credentials, such as LSAT and GPA. In conjunction with the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, analysis of historical information is allowing us to take a data-driven approach to support admission decisions on factors not traditionally considered or given much weight by the legal education system. Due to this innovative approach, some applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to support their admission based on an expanded set of criteria we will consider in the admission process. The interview process is a critical part of the holistic approach to the admissions process. 


Your application should include:

  • CAS Report through the LSAC
  • a personal statement 2-3 pages in length
  • resumé
  • Ethical Certification

Highly Recommended 

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Any additional information (addendum) which may aid the Admissions Committee in their decision

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. For reactivation, please email the Admissions Office,, with your LSAC Account Number.


  • JD applications for the fall 2014 entering class are now being accepted. [APPLY NOW
  • April 15 First non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 due to reserve seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition)
  • June 1 Second non-refundable 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

*We strongly recommend that applicants apply as early as possible. 

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.