Requirements and Timeline

At WashULaw we look for a strong, diverse, and ethical class committed to pursuing a legal education.We consider many factors, and encourage you to apply now to begin a conversation with us.

What Credentials Do I Need to Apply to the JD Program?

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • Capacity for the study of law demonstrated by a strong undergraduate record
  • Superior performance on the Law School Admission Test

What Application Materials Should I Submit?

We want your application materials to represent you fully to the Admissions Committee and recommend you submit:

  • CAS (Credential Assembly Service) Report through the LSAC
  • Personal Statement (2-3 pages in length)
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • You may submit additional information which may aid the Admissions Committee

Character and Fitness

We take the character and fitness sections in your LSAC materials very seriously. Carefully and thoroughly complete all questions on the LSAC application.You may submit any additional materials to supplement your answers

There are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar for every state.Prior to matriculation, applicants are encouraged to determine what the state requirements of state(s) in which you intend to practice.

When Should I Apply?

  • WashULaw accepts applications on a rolling basis and we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible for any future semester.
  • If you are not sure when you want to start, you can apply now for Fall 2014 and we would be happy to roll your application to Fall 2015 if you choose.

When are Deposits Due?

  • April 15 - First non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 due to reserve seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition)
  • June 1 - Second non-refundable deposit of $500 due to reserve seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition)
  • August 1 - Official undergraduate transcript due to the Admissions Office

Final Transcript Needed

If you have not received your undergraduate degree at the time of your acceptance, your acceptance by the School of Law is conditional pending satisfactory completion of work in progress and the fulfillment of the baccalaureate degree requirement for admission.

  • All matriculating students must provide an official, final transcript (includes degree earned and date of award) to the law school by August 1 preceding the start of classes.
  • The copy of a transcript sent to the School of Law by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) as part of the Law School Report does not fulfill this requirement.

How Do I Reapply?

If you were not admitted for Fall 2014, but want to be reconsidered the next yea you may either:

  • Send a letter or e-mail requesting reactivation of your application. We will request a new CAS report from LSAC; OR
  • Submit an entirely new application online.

We encourage you to submit additional evidence of academic ability if you decide to be reconsidered for admission. For reactivation, please email the Admissions Office,, with your LSAC Account Number

Washington University School of Law takes a holistic approach to admission decisions, considering many qualities candidates offer as members of our community, in addition to the traditional credentials, such as LSAT and GPA. In conjunction with the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, analysis of historical information is allowing us to take a data-driven approach to support admission decisions on factors not traditionally considered or given much weight by the legal education system. Due to this innovative approach, some applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to support their admission based on an expanded set of criteria we will consider in the admission process. The interview process is a critical part of the holistic approach to the admissions process.

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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