Admissions Policies

Applicants for admission to the William S. Boyd School of Law must:

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Have taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or qualify for the LSAT-Alternate Admission Program. The test is given in June, October, December, and February.
  • In order to ensure full consideration of their application, applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT by December (although it is possible to take the February LSAT and complete an application in a timely manner). LSAT scores dating prior to June 2012 will not be considered. LSAT registration materials are available from with Law School Admission Council at or at (215) 968-1001.
  • Register for, and maintain an up-to-date file with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that an official transcript from each institution they have attended is sent by that institution to CAS. Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the Boyd School of Law.

Application requirements and deadline

Applications will be accepted beginning October 1. The application deadline is March 15; applications after that date will be considered as space permits. A complete application consists of the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • A résumé including educational background, work experience, honors, and community service activities
  • A personal statement no longer than three typed pages (double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • A current LSAC Credential Assembly Service report including copies of transcripts from all schools attended
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual who has supervised the applicant in an academic or employment setting. Academic letters are preferred. Letters of recommendation may be submitted by applicants via the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service (preferred), or by the recommender directly to the Boyd School of Law Office of Admissions.
  • In addition to these materials, all part-time applicants must submit a brief statement describing the reasons why they are applying to either of the part-time programs.

Transfer applicants may find more information here.

Visiting student applicants may find more information here.

Applicants interested in the LSAT-Alternate Admission Program may find more information here.