Full-Time J.D. Applicants
The full-time day program at Shepard Broad Law Center enrolls approximately 300 students. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from approximately 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The program is designed for persons focusing exclusively on their studies who are either not employed or working only part time. The admission process and standards are the same for the full-time and part-time programs; candidates can apply to only one program.
Priority consideration is given to applications submitted by May 1. Admission consideration for the first-year program is for fall entry only.
- An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. There is no prescribed pre-law undergraduate course of study, however pre-law students should consider courses that are challenging and that help develop critical skills needed for success in law study and practice: the ability to read massive quantities of dense material with a high level of understanding; the ability to express thoughts clearly, particularly in the written word; and the ability to think and reason analytically.
- A recent score from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); scores more than five years old will not be considered. Applicants are urged to sit for the test as early as possible, preferably in the fall of the year before they intend to enroll. Rigorous and thorough preparation for the LSAT is advised. Information on the LSAT is found at www.LSAC.org.
- Registration for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of LSAC. All transcripts, including summer study, study abroad, graduate degree work, high school acceleration programs, and schools from which you transferred, should be sent to LSAC for inclusion with your CAS report. The CAS subscription remains active for five years. Information on CAS is found at www.LSAC.org.
- The application for J.D. admission may only be submitted online using the LSAC Electronic Application Service. [Paper applications will only be accepted from candidates who document a disability that is not accommodated by the LSAC service.] This service permits you to complete common information once for all of your law school applications, answer questions that are specific to Shepard Broad Law Center, attach required and optional documents, manage letters of recommendation, submit and transmit the application electronically, and save and access copies of your law school applications.
- Pay the $53 (US) nonrefundable application fee online with a credit card. Candidates who receive a fee waiver from LSAC for the LSAT and their services automatically receive an application fee waiver from Shepard Broad Law Center. Candidates we contact through the Candidate Referral Service also receive an automatic fee waiver. Candidates with financial hardship should contact our office for a Fee Waiver Request Form.
- List all scholastic or academic honors you have received, including scholarships, fellowships, prizes, honor societies, etc.
- List three extracurricular or community activities that have been important to you. Briefly describe each activity and your contributions to it.
- We encourage you to submit two letters of recommendation using the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Information on this service is found at www.LSAC.org.
- A Personal Statement or Essay of your original work that describes your interest in law study, in Shepard Broad Law Center, your skills and qualifications, or otherwise supports your case for admission.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).