Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program
The Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program provides participants with the unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by completing a condensed law school course taught by a member of LMU Law’s faculty. Law schools have historically considered a student’s GPA and LSAT scores as predominant factors in admissions decisions. The ATP Program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement traditional admissions criteria in assessing an applicant’s ability to withstand the rigorous demands of a legal education. There is no charge to participate.
The ATP Program is available to students who have applied for regular admission to either the full- or part-time program for Fall 2015. In order for an applicant’s file to be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Dean, the applicant must have submitted an application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report. Once received by the Office of Admissions, the Admissions Committee and the Dean will consider whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program.
Additionally, in order to be considered for the ATP Program, participants must have:
- At least one score on the LSAT of 138 or higher within the last five years; and
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0.
If a prospective participant has yet to take the LSAT or does not have at least a 138 or higher on the LSAT within the last five years, he or she can still participate in the ATP Program provided he or she is registered to take the June 2015 LSAT and the Office of Admissions has received the prospective student’s application, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation by the deadline date. All items must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than Thursday, June 4, so the Admissions Committee and the Dean can determine whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program.
Notwithstanding the decision to admit a prospective participant to the ATP Program, if a participant fails to achieve at least a 138 on the June 2015 LSAT, he or she cannot take the final exam in the course. If a participant achieves a higher LSAT score on the June 2015 LSAT to merit reconsideration of his or her application, the Admissions Committee and the Dean reserve the right to make a regular offer of admission, thus negating the need to take the ATP Program’s final exam.
The format, structure, and guidelines of the ATP Program for Summer 2015 have yet to be decided and approved by the faculty. Nonetheless, in an effort to provide you with a frame of reference about the program some of the details of the Summer 2015 ATP Program are listed below.
The ATP Program consists of seven class sessions and a final exam. Participants receive instruction in Foundations of Legal Analysis and a Survey of Criminal Procedure. Classes are every Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (including one hour for lunch) starting June 6, 2015, and concluding July 18, 2015. The final exam is 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Exam Scoring and Admission via the ATP Program
The exam will be graded on a 100-point scale. Participants who score 70 or higher on the exam will be offered admission to either the entering full-time class or part-time class assuming all other requirements are met, including approval by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. Regardless of the program to which a participant originally applied, it will be at the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee and the Dean to determine the cohort to which you will be offered admission. Those participants scoring 51-69 also may be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. The Admissions Committee reviews recommendations from the ATP Program professor and considers recommendations from other members of the faculty or administration.
The Admissions Committee and the Dean must approve all offers of admission into the ATP Program and LMU Law. Applicants who receive offers of admission to start in the fall must provide official transcripts from every undergraduate college and/or university attended. Transcripts must arrive at the law school by 2PM on Tuesday, August 11. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Unless otherwise stipulated, successful ATP Program participants who are admitted and matriculate in August 2015 and who earn a cumulative GPA of less than 1.8 after their first semester, thereby necessitating academic dismissal, will receive a full refund for any tuition paid.
Applicants are reminded that the program is a supplemental means of assessing suitability for legal education. LMU Law cannot guarantee a fixed number or percentage of participants will successfully complete the program and be offered admission. Moreover, all traditional methods of evaluating capacity for success, including LSAT and undergraduate grades, will be considered. The decision of the Admissions Committee and the Dean cannot be appealed. Pursuant to ABA Standard 311(e), LMU Law does not grant course credit for participation in this program.
For additional information on the ATP Program or to register, please contact the Office of Admissions at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or 865.545.5303.