How We Evaluate Applicants

While admission to Washington University Law is highly selective, our incoming classes are made up of students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We encourage applicants to submit any additional materials that might shed light on the following areas of assessment.

GPA and LSAT Performance

LSAT performance, undergraduate record, and GPA are taken into account: the median undergraduate GPA for the Class of 2020 was 3.74, and the median LSAT score was 168. Additionally, strong personal qualities and the interview process are large components of admissions decisions, as we do not have a GPA or LSAT score cutoff. Our admissions team takes a holistic approach to evaluating which students would be the best fit for our program.

GRE Performance

In an effort to make the admissions process more accessible to highly qualified and motivated students of all backgrounds, the law school will accept GRE test scores in lieu of the LSAT.

Cultural, Economic, and Geographic Diversity

We value a varied set of cultural, economic, and geographic experiences in our incoming classes, as each class is highly diverse and uniquely talented. The Class of 2020 represents 145 undergraduate institutions, 35 states (including DC), and 9 countries: Canada, China, France, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Korea, USA, US Virgin Islands, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. 34% of the class are persons of color, and 54% are women (identified).

Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement

In addition to LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate transcript, all applicants are also encouraged to submit a two- to three-page personal statement with an updated resume. Successful applicants often write about formative experiences or sources of personal motivation to provide our admissions team with further insight.


Certain law school applicants may be invited to complete an interview with Admissions staff. The Admissions Committee determines who will be interviewed based on the strength of the application.

We encourage all interested students to arrange a campus visit. Please contact the Admissions Office at (314) 935-4525 or to set up an appointment, or have a look at our comprehensive visitor’s schedule.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

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