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 fully represent you to the Admissions Committee and recommend you submit:
- Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report through 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
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 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 January 15th (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. If you take the December LSAT, you will receive a decision within 2 weeks of receipt of your LSAT score, typically mid-January. 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 1, 5pm Central Time - First non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 due to reserve
seat in incoming class (this deposit will be applied to tuition and fees)
- June 1, 5pm Central Time - Second
non-refundable deposit of $500 due to reserve seat in incoming class (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
- All matriculating students must provide an official,
(includes degree earned and
date of award) to the law school by
preceding the start of classes.
How Do I Reapply?
If you were not admitted for Fall
2016, 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
- 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.