How We Evaluate Applications

Washington University School of Law believes that a diverse student body enriches the quality of legal education. We receive over 4000 applications for the entering class, so admission is highly competitive. Your undergraduate record, including your GPA, and LSAT score are important since they provide a reasonable prediction of your academic ability; however we do not have a cut-off. The personal statement, LSAT writing sample, and various items in the undergraduate record permit the Admissions committee to assess writing ability. 
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.

Yet we consider many factors in the selection process. Some of these factors include:

  • cultural, economic, educational, and geographic background; 
  • non-academic experiences; and 
  • other qualities that deserve special consideration in the admission process.

We encourage you to make certain that your application file contains information that sheds light on any of these above-mentioned qualities.

The Review Process:

Because we are looking for a diverse, exciting, and talented group of students that will add to the quality of life and education at this institution, your undergraduate record, résumé, personal statement, and other contents of your file are examined and given weight.

All applicants must submit a personal statement, approximately 2-3 pages in length. Successful applicants have written about significant experiences and sources of personal motivation. We also require a current résumé.

We encourage you to visit the Law School. To arrange a visit, please call the Admissions Office at (314) 935-4525, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Central Time), Monday through Friday or e-mail us at A comprehensive visitors schedule can be found here: Visiting the Law School