To be considered for Early Admission, an applicant must take the LSAT no later than the September/October administration and submit a completed application for admission postmarked or electronically submitted no later than Nov. 15. Any application postmarked or electronically submitted after Nov. 15, or remaining incomplete as of Dec. 1, even if marked for Early Admission, will be considered along with the Regular Admission applications.
The Admissions Committee will make every effort to provide a response on all completed Early Admission applications by the end of January. Please note that some applicants will not receive a final decision of admission or denial, but will instead receive notice that they are being held for review with the Regular applicant pool.
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application. Please call LSAC help desk at (215) 968-1001 if you encounter any problems.
One of the goals of the Admissions Committee when making decisions is to admit a diverse student body that will contribute to a dynamic, interesting learning environment. Academic background and strength of performance, though important, are not the only criteria evaluated in the application process. For this reason, a personal statement, written by you, is required as part of the application. In this statement we seek information about you. Statements about law in general or law and society will not be useful. The statement should illustrate the life experiences and talents that make you unique. You are invited to write about significant obstacles that you have overcome and events in your life that influence your perspective. The personal statement should be no more than two double-spaced, typed pages.
Applicants are required to submit a descriptive résumé of no more than three typed pages. Please include details about your educational background, honor societies, scholarships, work history, military service, extracurricular activities, public/community service, honors and awards, publications, foreign language proficiencies, and any other significant achievements and involvements. As to work history, include a complete and chronological list of positions (including organization name, phone number, dates of employment, and hours worked).
Character and Fitness
On the application for admission, applicants will find several questions relating to criminal history and academic discipline. If an applicant answers "yes" to any question in the character and fitness section, he must provide an attachment explaining that response and providing full details about his actions and the charges or sanctions against him. 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. For Arizona, go to http://www.azcourts.gov/cld/AttorneyAdmissions.aspx.
Letters of Recommendation or Evaluations - Optional
Letters of recommendation or evaluations, although not required, are strongly encouraged. We prefer that your recommenders use the new evaluation service through LSAC. Should you choose to submit letters of recommendation, you may submit no more than two such letters or evaluations, and they must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Recommendations must evaluate the candidate’s prospects for success in law school and in the legal profession. The most helpful recommendations usually are those that address the candidate’s strength of character, academic background, analytical abilities, and communication skills.
Supplemental Statements - Optional
Some students may wish to address deficiencies in their academic history or performance on standardized tests. This should be done in a separate addenda, and should not exceed one double-spaced, typed page.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The Law School Admission Test is required of all applicants. It is administered by Law School Admission Services, Box 2000, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-0998, (215) 968-1001. You can register for the exam and request materials at the LSAC web site. Tests are given in June, September, October, December, and February at centers throughout the country. You are advised to take the June, October, or December examination the year before you expect to enter law school. Taking the LSAT in February of the year that you want to enroll will result in your application being completed late in the process. LSAT test scores are valid for five years.
LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
A Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report with all official transcripts must be submitted for all post-secondary education. The CAS report must be from the current application year. You may register for these services at LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Applicants who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a foreign institution please refer to the special instructions for Foreign Educated Applicants section on our website.