Choosing where to pursue your law degree is an exciting and important decision. SLU LAW offers full-time and part-time (day or evening) programs. The application process for the J.D. program is outlined below.
- A completed SLU LAW Application (online submission only)
- A complete LSAC Law School Report (www.lsac.org)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- 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.
- 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(C).
- 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.
Note: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (314) 977-2800. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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.
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
T: (215) 968-1001
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.
Is the SLU LAW Admissions Committee considering the May LSAT-Flex and June LSAT-Flex
administrations for Fall 2020 consideration?
Yes. The SLU LAW Admissions Committee will consider the May LSAT-Flex and June LSAT-Flex for Fall 2020.
Is SLU LAW waiving the LSAT requirement?
No. Pursuant to the American Bar Association Standard 503, "A law school shall require each applicant for admission as a first-year J.D. degree student to take a valid and reliable admission test to assist the school and the applicant in assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the school’s program of legal education." Currently, SLU LAW does not accept the GRE, only the LSAT. We will review LSAT tests administered as late as June 2020 for Fall 2020 admission.
Will those applying with the May LSAT-Flex or June LSAT-Flex score still be considered
for merit-based scholarship?
Yes. Applicants who are admitted with a May LSAT-Flex or a June LSAT-Flex will still be considered for merit-based scholarships.
Is there any application deadline for Fall 2020? If so, when is it?
SLU LAW will continue to accept applications up until the end of the Fall 2020 Admissions Cycle in late July.
Do you have any advice for applicants applying later in the admissions cycle due to the delay COVID-19 has imposed on taking the LSAT?
Make sure to have all other components of your application complete so that once you receive your LSAT score you will be able to submit your application.
Learn more about the SLU LAW admissions process from Dean Kolnik in this episode of SLU LAW Summations
While our physical home in Scott Hall is closed to the public, you can still experience a SLU LAW tour with two of our student ambassadors, Codi Cox and Joel Ocampo.