Saint Louis University

About SLU LAW

Mission 
The Mission of Saint Louis University School of Law is to advance the understanding and the development of law and prepare students to achieve professional success and personal satisfaction through leadership and service to others. The School of Law is guided by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, freedom of inquiry and respect for individual differences.

What are the LSAT & GPA ranges for the middle 50% of the entering class?

In the 2014 entering class, the middle 50% of the class earned between a 151-158 on the LSAT and had between a 3.19 - 3.65 undergraduate GPA.

What is the size of the entering class?
In the 2014 entering class, there are 151 full-time students and 14 part-time students. The student to faculty ratio for Fall 2013 was 13 to 1. First year small section class size is approximately 20 - 25 students.

How diverse is the entering class?
In the 2014 entering class, 14% of the class identified themselves as members of a racial or ethnic minority. There are 77 undergraduate institutions and 21 states represented in the class.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for 2014-2015 is $18,995  per semester (12+ hours) for full-time students and $13,860 per semester (8 to 11 hours) for part-time students.

Do you offer tours of the law school? 
Yes. We encourage you to visit SLU LAW and get a sense of what it would be like to go to law school here. You can observe a class, tour the school and meet an Admissions Representative to discuss any questions you have. We are here Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Please contact the Admissions Office at 314-977-2800 to schedule your visit.

What factors determine admission?
The Admissions Committee considers several factors to determine a candidate’s eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, LSAT results, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. We conduct a full file review and will look at everything the applicant submits.

What is student life like at SLU LAW?
Students at SLU LAW know that they will work very hard during their time at SLU LAW, but our School of Law prides itself on our cooperative and collegial student body. Students are very active in our many student organizations, service projects, clinics, athletics, moot court and trial advocacy competitions, journals and social activities. There is a wonderful sense of community at SLU LAW that is unique to our school. Visiting the law school is the best way to get a sense of what it might be like to go to school here.  

Applying    

How do I apply?
An applicant’s file is complete when the SLU LAW has received:

  • A completed Saint Louis University School of Law application. Applicants may apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). We direct and encourage submission of electronic application materials through LSAC. Applicants who need accommodations to submit application materials may contact the Admissions Office by phone at 314-977-2800 or by email at admissions@law.slu.edu.
  • A complete LSAT/CAS report
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service
  • $55 application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • TOEFL Score if applicable
May I apply for both the Full-time and Part-time Day or Evening Programs?
Yes. Applicants may apply to be considered for the Full-time Program, Part-time Program or both. Applying to "both" signifies to the Admissions Committee that you are equally willing to attend either the Full-time or Part-time program if offered admission to SLU LAW.

Is there a GPA or LSAT cutoff?
No. There is no minimum GPA or LSAT required for admission. We do not use numerical cutoffs.

Do you have rolling admissions?

Yes. The School of Law reviews applications on a rolling basis. We begin to review completed applications in late November and the first round of decisions will be made in December. Because we admit students on a rolling basis, the earlier in the process that you apply, the more spots are available in the fall class.

When should I apply?
Because we have a rolling admissions system, it is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

When are the application deadlines?
  • The application process begins September 1.
  • The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in late November.
  • The first round of admissions decisions are made in December and the Admissions Committee will continue to review completed applications throughout the spring semester.
  • Applicants wanting consideration for merit-based scholarships, including the 1843 full-tuition scholarship, must complete an application prior to February 1.
  • All applications received after September 1 are considered for the following fall term.

What is SLU LAW’s application fee?
$55.00

Do you offer application fee waivers?

Yes. SLU LAW does grant fee waivers on a case-by-case basis. Please call us if you would like a fee waiver. Fee waivers are automatically granted to those who receive a fee waiver through LSAC.

Are there character and fitness and other qualifications for admission to the Bar?
The American Bar Association (ABA Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. For more information, contact the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 or at (312) 988-5000 or at www.abanet.org.

LSAT/CAS

Do I need to register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
Applicants must register for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service (LOR). No application is complete without test scores and transcript analysis from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be forwarded directly to the Credential Assembly Service. We will request the CAS Report when we receive your application.

How are multiple LSAT scores addressed?

If you take the LSAT more than once, the Admissions Committee will review the circumstances of each test,  but will evaluate you based upon your highest score.

When should I take the LSAT?

We recommend that applicants take the test in the fall prior to the year they wish to enter law school. Because of the timing of our application cycle, applicants should take the LSAT no later than December, although we will accept February test scores. We encourage applicants to complete the admissions process as early as possible.

What is the oldest score you will accept?

SLU LAW will only consider LSAT scores earned within the last three years.

Letters of Recommendations

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
The Admissions Committee likes to see at least one academic letter of recommendation. You should ask for letters from individuals who can accurately assess your intellectual ability, motivation, character and academic performance. We place value on content that verifies the qualifications of the applicant to be competitive in the fall class.

Do I have to use LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service?
Yes.

How many letters of recommendations do you require?

We require two letters of recommendation but we will accept up to four. The Admissions Committee will begin the review process for a completed application once two letters of recommendation have been submitted.

May I submit an LSAC Evaluation Form in lieu of a traditional letter of recommendation?
No. However, you may submit evaluations through the LSAC evaluations service. Although evaluations are not required, the Admissions Committee will review any evaluations submitted through LSAC.

Personal Statement

What are you looking for in a personal statement?
The Personal Statement is a way for applicants to communicate information about themselves that is not found in the rest of the application. The Personal Statement provides the Admissions Committee with insight into the applicant’s writing ability and individual character. Information regarding personal or professional goals, academic performance, and career history is helpful. We like to see brevity and clarity of thought and expression.

How long should my personal statement be?
We ask that applicants limit their personal statement to two pages.

Part-time Evening Program

Is the part-time the same opportunities as the full-time?
Yes. Sometimes the time line for a part-time student to participate in opportunities like On Campus Interviews or clinics will be a bit different because the part-time students take longer to complete the required number of credits. Part-time students take evening classes and therefore will have a different schedule than most full-time students. The opportunities to participate in student organizations, clinics, and journals are the same.

Are the professors who teach part-time courses the same as those that teach full-time courses?
Yes. Full-time faculty rotate and teach both full-time and part-time courses.

May part-time students participate in journals, moot court and clinics?
Yes.
 

May I transfer from the part-time to the full-time program?
Yes. After a part-time student completes their core courses in the part-time program they may request to switch to the full-time program. Approval is based upon space availability.

Transfer/Visiting Students

Does SLU LAW accept transfer students?
Yes. Transfer applicants must produce evidence of satisfactory study in an ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law school and be eligible to continue at the school from which the transfer is sought. The School of Law will consider accepting a maximum of 30 hours of credit toward the J.D. from another law school. The School of Law will consider accepting course grades of at least a C or its equivalent. For more information view Transfer/Visiting Applicants.

Does SLU LAW accept visiting students?
Yes. SLU LAW grants visiting status to a limited number of students who wish to complete a semester or a year of law study at Saint Louis University and receive their degree from another law school. For more information view Visiting Students.

Academic Programs

Do you offer clinical programs?
Yes. We offer over 30 in-house clinics, externships, judicial clerkships and public service programs. For more information about the clinical opportunities at SLU LAW, view Legal Clinics.

What extra-curricular activities are offered?
SLU LAW has over 30 different student organizations that work to enhance students' professional and personal development through academic, social, cultural and volunteer opportunities. For more information view Student Organizations.

Do you offer dual degree programs?

The School of Law offers dual degree programs in partnership with several schools within the University. Dual degree programs are designed to allow students to obtain two degrees in significantly less time (4-5 years depending upon the degree) than if the degrees were obtained separately. The dual degree student must meet the admissions criteria for both the School of Law and the school from which the doctoral or master's degree is sought. Students can apply for both programs at the same time or else apply to SLU LAW first and apply to the graduate program during the student's first year of enrollment at SLU LAW. Dual Degree Students are required to complete a minimum of 82 hours of law school classes, and remain in good academic standing. We offer eleven dual degree programs:

  • J.D./Master of Accounting
  • J.D./Master of Business Administration
  • J.D./Master of Health Administration
  • J.D./Master of Arts in Public Administration
  • J.D./Master of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • J.D./Master of Public Health
  • J.D./Master of Public Health-Health Policy
  • J.D./Masters of Science in Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation Sciences
  • J.D./Master of Social Work
  • J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Health Care Ethics

Does SLU LAW offer any Concentration programs?
Students at SLU LAW may pursue an area of concentration to supplement their law degree with a special area of emphasis. SLU LAW offers Concentrations in the following areas:

Does SLU LAW have an articulation agreement with other schools?
Yes, the following is a list of Institutions with which the School of Law has established an articulation agreement:

Université Paris Dauphine in France

Students may study law for one semester with the Université Paris Dauphine in France. The Université Paris Dauphine specializes exclusively in the areas of business and commercial law and requires that students enrolled in the semester abroad program take all of the classes offered in their Master 2 Program. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is French; students wishing to participate must be sufficiently fluent in French to succeed in the program. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Faculté de Droit d'Economie et de Gestion of the Université de Orléans in France

Students may study law for one semester with the Faculte de Droit d'Economie et de Gestion of the Université d'Orléans in France. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is French; students wishing to participate must be sufficiently fluent in French to succeed in the program. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Université de Toulouse in France

Students may study law for one semester with the Université of Toulouse in France. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is English. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

University of Bern in Switzerland

Students may study law for one semester at the University of Bern. The program offers courses in both English and German and also allows students to enroll in courses in which the language of instruction is French. Students wishing to participate in courses in a language other than English must demonstrate to the School of Law faculty a sufficient fluency in the language of study to succeed in those courses. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

University College Cork in Ireland

Selected students may study for one semester at University College Cork in Ireland through a cooperative agreement between the School of Law and the Faculty of Law of University College Cork. Cork's Faculty of Law includes expertise in Irish and European Union law, as well as several specialty areas, including international and European human rights law and health law. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Washington University School of Law (Free Trade Agreement)

J.D. students who have completed their first 29 hours of coursework, and wish to take an upper division course at Washington University School of Law ("Washington University"), may be eligible for the Free Trade Agreement without paying additional tuition to Washington University. Students must obtain written permission from the Dean of Students of both schools prior to registration, and are limited to one course during law school under this agreement. Only J.D. students are eligible to take classes pursuant to this Free Trade Agreement.

The subject matter of the course taken at Washington University must not be regularly offered by the School of Law, or if regularly offered, must not be offered during the academic year in which the student seeks to take the course at Washington University. The course must not duplicate, or substantially cover material in a course the student has already taken. For students away for one semester in an academic program that does not take place in St. Louis, the course to be taken at Washington University must merely be not offered at the School of Law during the semester the student is in St. Louis.

Enrollment, if approved, will be on a space-available basis, with Washington University students having priority as determined by Washington University's Dean's Office. The student's academic status and cumulative grade point average must otherwise permit the student to take the course if it were offered at the School of Law. Students must receive a grade of C or higher, or its numerical equivalent, or a pass in the cases of pass/fail courses, in order to receive academic credit for the coursework. Students intending to apply the course toward completion of a concentration must obtain permission to apply such courses from the faculty advisor for that concentration.

 

 

If your questions are not answered here, please contact the Admissions Office at (314) 977-2800 or email us at admissions@law.slu.edu