The Application

The process of applying to law school as become increasingly electronic and web-based and will continue to do so.


The process of applying to law school is essentially electronic and web-based.

You can obtain and complete law school applications in one of three ways. First, CAS registrants with LSAC online accounts will have access to LSAC’s FlexApp online law school applications. This online application service will allow you to electronically package all your applications with the letters of recommendation and CAS reports that are being processed and sent to law schools by LSAC. Second, you can complete online applications located on the websites of law schools. Some law schools waive the application fee if you use this method. Third, you can contact law schools for hard-copy applications. If you are applying using a hard-copy application and cannot fit the requested information in the space provided, use separate sheets of paper and label each sheet clearly.

Completing the application form is a straightforward process. Law schools will be seeking basic information about you, including your academic background, extracurricular activities, employment history, and any criminal record. Be truthful in completing the applications. You may be asked about your intention to apply for financial aid or list other law schools to which you are applying. Responding to these requests should not affect your chances for admission.

Submit a resume with each application. However, don’t use the resume as a substitute for responding to the questions on the application. Use the Career Services Office to assist you with preparing your resume.

Most law school applications request a written personal statement in lieu of an interview. A personal statement is a concise, detailed, well-written statement that reveals your unique character, history, and motivations. The personal statement is the third most important component of your law school application after your LSAT score and GPA. For additional information on writing an effective personal statement, go to the Personal Statements section and see the books on personal statements in the Pre-Law Library.

If the questions on the application or your transcripts raise issues or if you are dissatisfied with your LSAT score, you can offer an explanation through an addendum to your application. The addendum should be straightforward and concise.

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