Admissions FAQ

Admissions FAQ

What is the statistical information for this year’s entering class?

As of August 30, 2014, the median UGPA is 3.58, and the median LSAT is 158 for the Class of 2017. The 25th and 75th percentile distribution for the class are 3.36-3.69 and 155-161, respectively.

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Must I use the Law School Admission Council’s Letter of Recommendation service?

We prefer that candidates use the service, but it is not required. If you do use the service, please use the forms provided by the Law School Admission Council. If your writer submits the letter directly to us, please use the form found on our online application.

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What is the application deadline?

Applications may be submitted beginning on October 1. We recommend that your file be complete by January 15. All applications submitted by February 15 and completed no later than March 10 will be reviewed during the regular admission process.

To meet the February 15 deadline, you must submit the application form and $60 application fee through the Law School Admission Council website. Applications submitted to LSAC for transmission to this law school will be considered post-marked on the day they are electronically submitted.

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May I submit an addendum to my application?

Yes. You can electronically submit any information you think will be helpful in the evaluation process. For example, you may submit abstracts, published papers or articles, statements, or essays.

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What is the earliest date I can submit my application?

You may submit your application as early as October 1.

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When do you begin reviewing files?

Typically the committee begins reviewing files in early January.

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When will I be notified of your decision?

A decision is generally made six to eight weeks after the date your file is complete and the committee begins reviewing files. If your file is complete before we begin reviewing files in January, a decision on your file won’t be made until six to eight weeks after we begin reviewing the files. Applicants are notified of a decision by mail. The Admissions Office will not email decisions or give them over the phone.

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When are scholarships awarded?

Merit scholarships are awarded in March and sent separately from the admissions decision. All accepted candidates are considered on the basis of their applications. Need based scholarships require a separate application that is mailed to all admitted students. These scholarships are typically awarded in late spring. For information on average awards for merit and need based scholarships, please click here. There are also a number of privately funded merit based scholarships, fellowships and stipend programs available to second and third year students. For more information, please click here.

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Are you a rolling admission school?

Yes. Candidates are informed of the Admissions Committee’s decision when the complete file has been reviewed.

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Who is on the Admissions Committee? How does it work?

The Admissions Committee is composed of rotating law faculty and the Associate Dean for Admissions. All files are reviewed in their entirety. There are no automatic “admit” or “deny” categories based on LSAT scores or GPA. While there is an emphasis on a candidate’s academic record, the College of Law employs a holistic review of all applicant files, evaluating a multitude of factors beyond the LSAT and undergraduate GPA. Each committee member reviews applications individually; the committee does not meet as a body to discuss applicants.

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If I have previously applied, do I need to re-register with the Credential Assembly Service?

All applicants must have an active CAS subscription. The CAS subscription is good for five years. If your CAS subscription has lapsed, you will need to register again at www.lsac.org.

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How are multiple LSAT scores treated?

In situations where a candidate has multiple LSAT scores, the College of Law will presumptively use the highest score. The reviewer, however, may use the average score if information in the file indicates that the average score is the most appropriate measure of the candidate’s skills.

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How long should my personal statement be? What should it contain?

There is no page limit. Most statements, however, are generally two or three typed pages, double-spaced. An applicant should not feel confined to just two or three pages if he or she feels more space is needed to convey the information necessary to fully inform the reviewer. Use good judgement in determining the appropriate length of your statement. We leave what to include up to you. It can take any form you choose. We use your personal statement in lieu of a personal interview, and to evaluate your writing skills. Include anything that you wish to tell us about yourself beyond test scores and grade point averages. Let us know who you are — your unique strengths, talents, experiences, motivations, and aspirations. It’s your chance to tell us why, beyond your academic qualifications, we should accept you. Be creative. Spend time on your statement. If you’ve done many things and have an extensive work background, don’t try to cram all of it in. Instead, expand on a few experiences or facts in detail.

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What undergraduate course of study is best?

There is no pre-law curriculum, no magic formula. We look closely at your transcript. You should undertake an undergraduate program that develops your ability to speak and write about concepts clearly; the capacity to read complex material with precise understanding and attention to detail; and the power to reason, weigh facts, and solve problems. Choose courses that are challenging and are taught by instructors who insist on high standards of intellectual performance. In the humanities, it might be a major in English, political science, philosophy, or history. In the sciences, it might be physics, mathematics, biology, or chemistry. In engineering, it might be computing, materials science, or civil engineering. The curriculum you choose and your other activities should expose you to broad cultural experiences and a critical understanding of human values and institutions. It is vital that law students have a mastery of the English language.

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How long is my LSAT score valid?

For five years. For example, if you apply for admittance for Fall semester 2015, test scores dating before September 2009 are invalid.

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Do you offer a part-time or evening program?

No. Our program is a full-time day only program beginning every Fall semester.

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Do you offer any dual degree programs?

Yes. We offer a JD/MBA, JD/MPP, JD/MPA and JD/MSW. For more information on these programs, please click here.

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How can I set up a visit to the law school?

We offer class visits and tours for prospective students during the regular school year. Information on how to set up a visit can be found on the Visit our Campus link.

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