Application may be submitted at any time after September 1 during the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year in which you plan to begin law school. Applications are processed on a rolling basis; therefore, early application is strongly advised. Applications received after May 1 are processed according to available space and may be placed at a competitive disadvantage. Applicants are responsible for making sure that all required documents reach the Office of Admissions on time. The Admissions Committee will not begin to consider any file until it is complete.
The application fee is non-refundable and cannot be applied toward tuition. If payment of this fee would represent a severe hardship, however, applicants may contact the Office of Admissions to request a fee waiver. Applicants are required to submit supporting documentation, and fee waivers are granted sparingly.
Applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which receives and analyzes academic transcripts, and take the LSAT. Applicants are responsible for insuring that the LSDAS file is completed on time.
Letters of recommendation can be helpful in the decision-making process, particularly when they include appraisals of a candidate's academic abilities and personal qualities and when they are written by someone who has personal knowledge and is qualified to make such assessments. While strongly encouraged, letters of recommendation are not required. They may be submitted at the applicant's discretion and should be forwarded directly to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
The Law Center does not require interviews, but an admissions counselor is always available to make an appointment to meet with applicants who wish to discuss any aspect of their admissions file. All applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Law Center campus, to observe classes, and to meet with students, faculty, and administrators.