Q: What are Touro Law's admission requirements?
A: The principal criteria used in the admissions process are the cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s). The selection process, however, is not strictly mathematical. Other important considerations include:
- College major and course selection.
- Trend of undergraduate grades.
- Writing ability (as demonstrated by the quality of the Personal Statement and LSAT Writing Sample/s).
- Personal qualities of integrity and commitment to public service.
- Successful graduate study, where applicable.
- Professional experience and achievement after college, where applicable.
- Letters of recommendation from persons with direct knowledge of the individual's intellectual ability, natural aptitude, and strength of character.
Q: Do admission standards differ between the full-time and part-time programs?
A: No. An applicant’s chances of being offered admission are the same, regardless of the division to which they apply.
Q: What major is recommended for students wishing to go to law school?
A: The Admissions Committee does not require a specific major for entry into the program, but favors a curriculum that is rigorous in nature. Courses should be chosen which provide a broad base of knowledge and enhance logical and analytical reasoning skills. Competence in written expression is also weighed into the admission decision.
Q: What about graduate work?
A: Graduate work can be an important factor in the admissions process. In some cases, it may be viewed as a more significant predictor of success than undergraduate work, especially when the applicant has been out of undergraduate school for several years. Note, however, that the ABA requires law schools to report only students' undergraduate GPA; consequently, the undergraduate GPA is always considered as part of the review process.
Q: What about the personal statement?
A: Next to the LSAT and GPA, the personal statement is weighed most heavily in the admissions process. It should be written with great care and should address candidly the strengths and weaknesses of an applicant's candidacy.
Q: What about letters of recommendation?
A: Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged. Up to three letters may be submitted if the applicant chooses. Any letters received will be considered, although references alone cannot salvage an otherwise weak application. Letters should be sent through the Letter of Recommendation LSAC Service.
Q: Does Touro Law conduct interviews as part of the application process?
A: No. However, students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to visit the Law Center; to meet with faculty, administrators, and students; to tour the facilities; and to sit in on class.
Q: Does the Law Center admit a mid-year (Spring) class?
A: No. First-year J.D. students may enter in the fall semester only. J.D. transfer , General LL.M. and visiting students enter in the fall, spring, or summer.
Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: Applications may be submitted anytime after September 1 during the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year in which you intend to begin law school. The Law Center has rolling admissions; therefore, early application is encouraged.
Q: What is rolling admissions?
A: Rolling admissions simply means that applications will begin to be reviewed as the file becomes complete. (Complete generally means receipt of the LSDAS Report, supporting documentation, and application fee.) Applications completed after May 1st will be considered for admission, although they may be at a competitive disadvantage.
Q: Do I need to take the LSAT before I file my application for admission?
A: No. While we will need to receive an LSDAS report with your LSAT score before your application is complete and ready for review, you may submit your application before you take the LSAT. You will want to designate in your Application for Admission when you plan to take the LSAT. We strongly recommend that the LSAT be taken no later than February during the calendar year in which you would like to begin law school.
Q: How does the Law Center treat multiple LSAT scores?
A: The ABA permits law schools to report the "high" LSAT score of students who have taken the test two or more times. However, all LSAT scores are considered in evaluating the student’s aptitude. Applicants whose first LSAT score is not indicative of their potential should consider repeating the exam. However, they are strongly discouraged from taking the LSAT more than twice.
Q: How do I register to take the LSAT?
A: You can register to take the LSAT at http://www.lsac.org/.
Q: What is the application filing fee?
A: We are waiving the application fee of $60.00 for the 2014 academic year.