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
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
- 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
- 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
- Submit an entirely new application
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, email@example.com, 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.