Requirements and Timeline

At Washington University School of Law we look for a strong, diverse, and ethical class committed to pursuing a legal education. We consider many factors, and we 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 or GRE

What Application Materials Should I Submit?

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

  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report through 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 section 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 requirements of state(s) in which you intend to practice are.

When Should I Apply?

Washington University School of Law accepts applications on a rolling basis. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible for any future semester.

Early Decision Program

Our binding Early Decision program is designed for candidates who have researched law schools carefully and are certain that Washington University School of Law is their first choice of schools. If you are admitted through the Binding Early Decision Program you will be awarded a full tuition scholarship for 3 years. If admitted, you are required to withdraw all applications at other law schools and you may not initiate any new applications after being notified of your admission. You must apply by February 1st (even if you are taking the December LSAT) and you will receive a decision within 2 weeks of receipt of all of your application materials. Early Decision applicants are either admitted with full scholarship or transferred to Regular Decision for further review. Qualified applicants may be offered an alternative Early Decision with scholarship.

When are Deposits Due?

  • April 9, 2018  - First non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 due to reserve your seat in incoming class and accept any scholarship award (this deposit will be applied to tuition and fees)
  • June 1, 2018  - Second non-refundable deposit of $500 due to reserve seat your in incoming class and accept any scholarship award (this deposit will be applied to tuition and fees)
  • 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.


How Do I Reapply?

If you were not admitted for Fall 2017, but want to be reconsidered the next year you may either:

  • Send a letter or email 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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