Application Requirements & Timeline
At WashULaw, we look for strong academics, diverse backgrounds, and personal and professional integrity in every candidate. If you are committed to pursuing a legal education, we encourage you to apply now to begin a conversation with us.
If you have any questions or concerns about the application process or requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at (314) 935-4525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What Credentials Do I Need to Apply to the JD Program?
- Can I apply without an LSAT?
- If you are a student at Washington University, the ABA may allow admission without an LSAT or GRE score. Please contact the Office of Admissions to apply through this program.
- You may apply with a GRE score, but if you have taken the LSAT, your LSAT will be considered.
- What Application Materials Should I Submit?
We want your application materials to fully represent you to the Admissions Committee. In addition to the application, we recommend you submit:
- Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report through LSAC. *If you are applying with ONLY a GRE score, you should send a copy of your GRE score report directly to the admissions office. All transcripts should be submitted to the LSAC.
- Personal Statement (2-3 pages in length)
- Letters of Recommendation (2-4)
- Addenda regarding diversity, financial need, experiences, and grades, as appropriate
- Character & Fitness
We take the character and fitness section in your LSAC materials very seriously. Carefully and thoroughly complete all questions on the LSAC application. You may submit any additional materials to supplement your answers.
There are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar for every state. Prior to matriculation, applicants are encouraged to identify such requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice.
- When Should I Apply?
WashULaw accepts applications on a rolling basis. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.
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- Early Decision Program
Our binding Early Decision (ED) Program is designed for candidates who are certain that WashULaw is their first choice of schools. Students who are interested in the ED Program should apply by February 1st (even if you are taking the January LSAT). Two weeks following our receipt of your application, you will receive a decision. *Those students admitted through the ED Program are awarded full-tuition scholarships for three years. Any applicant admitted under the ED Program must comply with the following requirements:
- withdraw applications at other law schools
- not submit any new applications
*Please note that if you are not admitted through the ED Program, your application will be transferred to the Regular Decision Program for further review.
- When are Deposits Due?
- April 8, 2019, 5pm Central Time – First non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 due to reserve your seat in incoming class and accept any scholarship award. This deposit will be applied to tuition and fees.
- June 1, 2019, 5pm Central Time – Second non-refundable deposit of $500 due to reserve your seat in incoming class and accept any scholarship award. This deposit will be applied to tuition and fees.
- Final Transcript Needed
If you have not received your undergraduate degree at the time of your acceptance, your acceptance by the School of Law is conditional pending satisfactory completion of work in progress and the fulfillment of the baccalaureate degree requirement for admission.
- All matriculating students must provide an official, final transcript (including degree earned and date of award) to the law school by August 1 preceding the start of classes.
- How Do I Reapply?
Please email us to reactivate your application.
How We Evaluate Applicants
WashULaw’s highly selective admission process results in incoming classes made up of students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. In order to achieve this, we take a holistic approach to admission decisions, considering many unique qualities candidates offer in addition to the traditional credentials, such as LSAT and GPA. Candidates may be asked to interview or provide additional information or documentation. All aspects of a candidate’s application are considered when being reviewed. We encourage all applicants to submit any additional materials that might shed light on the following areas of assessment.
- Academic Credentials
Standardized test performance, undergraduate and graduate records, and educational rigor are all considered when evaluating applicants: the median undergraduate GPA for the Class of 2021 was 3.81, and the median LSAT score was 168. When the GRE is taken in lieu of the LSAT, strong performance on the GRE may also lead to admission. Additionally, strong personal qualities and the interview process feature prominently in admissions decisions, as we do not have a GPA or a score cutoff. Our admissions team takes a well-rounded approach to evaluating which students would be the best fit for WashULaw.
- Cultural, Economic, & Geographic Diversity
We value a varied set of cultural, economic, and geographic experiences in our admissions process to ensure each class is highly diverse and uniquely talented. The Class of 2021 represents over 140 undergraduate institutions, 37 states and Washington D.C., and 7 countries: Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the USA.. Thirty-six percent of the students in this class are persons of color.
- Letters of Recommendation
We encourage you to select recommenders who can speak to the strengths and qualities you will bring to the law school classroom and community. Academic recommendations may be from your undergraduate or graduate school, from a professor, instructor, or teaching assistant. Individuals who have supervised your work may also provide useful letters of recommendation.
- Personal Statement & Resume
In addition to LSAT or GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate transcript, all applicants are also encouraged to submit a two- to three-page personal statement with an updated resume. Successful applicants often write about formative experiences or sources of personal motivation to provide helpful background and insights for our admissions team.
Applicants may be invited to complete an interview with Admissions staff. The Admissions Committee determines who will be interviewed based on factors in the application.
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.