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Application Process

Application Requirements

  • A completed SLU LAW Application (online submission only)
  • A complete LSAC Law School Report (www.lsac.org)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • $55 Application Fee
  • A TOEFL Score is required only if the applicant was educated in a foreign country


  • We begin accepting applications on September 1. All applications received after September 1 are considered for the following fall term
  • The Admissions Committee begins the review process in November and the first round of decisions will be made by December 1. We admit on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to complete your application as soon as possible
  • Applicants wanting consideration for merit-based scholarships, including the 1843 Full Tuition Scholarship, should complete an application prior to February 1, 2015.

SLU LAW Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis by the Admissions Committee as authorized by ABA Accreditation Standards Section 502(B).
  • Registration for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the LSAC 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 CAS. We do accept Evaluation forms through the LSAC Evaluations Service but they are not required.
  • We highly recommend that applicants take the LSAT in the summer or fall prior to the year they wish to enter law school. SLU LAW will only consider LSAT scores earned within the last three years.
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be forwarded directly to the CAS. SLU LAW will request the LSAC CAS Report upon receipt of the application.
  • Important: It is the responsibility of each applicant to provide the Admissions Office with all the necessary documents. In order to ensure that the Admissions Office has received the necessary application documents, including the application fee, the applicant is encouraged to contact us throughout the admissions process. We can be reached at admissions@law.slu.edu or by phone at (314) 977-2800. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

    Admissions Determination

    The Admissions Committee considers several factors in determining a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, LSAT results (the Admissions Committee looks only at the applicant's highest score), personal statement, work experience, graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership, and service.

Letters of Recommendation

SLU LAW requires applicants to use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. A minimum of two letters is required and we will accept up to four letters. We encourage applicants to request letters from individuals who can accurately assess their intellectual ability, motivation, character and academic performance. We place value on content that verifies the qualifications of the applicant to compete in the law school environment. Send letters of recommendation to:

     Law School Admission Council
     662 Penn Street
     PO Box 8508
     Newtown, PA 19840-8505
     Phone: (215) 968-1001

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. The Admissions Committee looks for brevity and clarity of thought and expression. Please limit the personal statement to two pages.


If you have a question regarding the admissions process or need an accommodation, we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office by email at admissions@law.slu.edu or by phone at (314) 977-2800. We are always happy to help!

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