Application for Admission
What You Can Do to Apply to LMU Law?
We have provided the following checklist to help you with your applicant file.
1. Complete an application for admission either electronically on our website or print a PDF version through the below-provided link and send it to us.
Currently, the application processing fee is waived.
If you would prefer to complete a physical (paper) application than applying online, then you can download the following documents:
Applications for classes starting in Fall 2015 will be accepted through July 15, 2015.
Classes begin in early August.
2. Submit a personal statement.
Your personal statement should address why you want to attend law school or future goals with respect to obtaining a legal education. Your personal statement should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions either through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Unites State Postal Service.
3. Submit any explanation(s) to character and fitness questions (if applicable).
In the event you answered “yes” to any question in the Character & Fitness section of your application, please provide a thorough and detailed explanation for each incident. Because of the stringent character and fitness qualifications for admission to the bar, we require full disclosure in response to all questions. Failure to disclose information often yields a more serious outcome than the matter itself would have produced had it been revealed by the applicant.
Answering “Yes” to any question does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for admission. The Admissions Committee would like the opportunity to review all relevant facts including (but not limited to) the issue(s), the offense(s), the date(s) of the offense(s), the law enforcement agency involved and disposition, including fine(s), court costs or other penalties, etc.
The ABA precludes the admission of applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing a legal program of study and being admitted to the bar. Similar questions to the ones listed below will be asked of you at the time of application for admission to the bar, so candor and full disclosure is essential.
If applicable, your explanation(s) should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions either through email to email@example.com or the Unites State Postal Service.
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.
4. Submit two letters of recommendation.
Each letter of recommendation must be signed by the sender. The letters can be sent either directly to LMU-DSOL’s Office of Admissions or to the LSAC to be included as part Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report.
5. Register to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
The LSAT is offered four times each year (February, June, September/October and December) at various testing centers throughout the country, including LMU-DSOL. You can register for the LSAT through the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) website – http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines.asp
Be mindful there are specific deadlines and fees to apply to take the LSAT.
Also, make sure you indicate “Yes” to the question concerning whether to report your scores to non-ABA accredited schools.
LMU-Duncan School of Law will not accept scores more than five (5) years old. In keeping with LSAC reporting, scores earned prior to June 2010 will not be considered for admission to Fall 2015 programs.
6. Subscribe to the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.
The Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is a centralized internet repository website where prospective law school students and applicants can submit academic information and other pertinent items for submission to law schools. You can register for the CAS through the LSAC’s website – http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/cas.asp.
The current fee to register for the Credential Assembly Service is $165, and an applicant must also pay a report fee (currently $28) for each school he or she wishes the Credential Assembly Service to send a CAS Report. Nearly all law schools require applicants to utilize the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.
Finally, applicants are required to send official transcripts from every educational institution to the Credential Assembly Service before it will release a CAS Report to any law school. More information can obtained through the following link – http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/cas/requesting-transcripts
If offered admission, official transcripts for each undergraduate college of university attended must be received by the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions prior to Orientation. No student will be permitted to matriculate until all transcripts are received.
Note: At least one transcript must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.
For additional information, please contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions either through email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.