What will your story be? A law degree can lead to a number of different career paths and opportunities, but the journey begins with your application.
Applications for admission to the College of Law should be submitted anytime between September 15 and July 1 of the calendar year prior to the planned date of enrollment, with a preferred deadline of March 31. Regular admission decisions are completed on a rolling basis (for the early decision option, apply by November 19). All applicants will be considered for financial assistance if they are granted admission. Accordingly, students should, to the extent possible, submit their applications in advance of the March 31 preferential deadline.
Applicants to the College of Law are required to apply electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at LSAC.org.
We will begin accepting applications for the class entering Fall 2021 beginning on September 15, 2020. You may review the 2020 application instructions here: Fall 2020 Application Instructions
LSAC on the Web is the Law School Admission Council’s web-based version of electronic law school applications. Please call LSAC’s Help Desk at (215) 968-1393 in the event you encounter any technical difficulty in using this service.
All applicants for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the College of Law. This requirement may be waived only in exceptional circumstances and upon approval by the Admissions Committee. There is no single major or undergraduate field of study required of an applicant.
Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAT is offered four times annually: September/October, December, February, and June. The admissions committee will occasionally accept LSAT scores from the June administration the summer preceding enrollment (ex. June or July 2020 test scores will usually not be accepted for the August 2020 entering class–except in rare cases in which taking the February LSAT was not possible due to factors outside the applicant’s control, e.g. natural disasters). However, applicants are encouraged not to wait until June to take and submit their LSAT scores because our class is usually nearing completion at that time.
A completed electronic application will include the following:
- The application for admission and $60 application fee ($70 for international applicants)
- Completed character and fitness section
- Resume (generally 1-3 pages)
- Personal statement (generally 2-3 pages)
- Optional – Essays on leadership potential/experience; contributions to a diverse intellectual environment/multicultural experiences, commitment to public interest/public service
The following items must be submitted in addition to the completed application via CAS:
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation (faculty letters of recommendation are strongly preferred for those students that are currently in school or have graduated within the past two years)
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.