Selection Process

The Boyd School of Law seeks to enroll an accomplished and diverse group of women and men who will contribute to the enrichment of the school’s educational program, to the community, and the profession after graduation. We seek students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their lives, for example, by achieving distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, by engaging successfully in important and demanding careers, by providing significant service to their communities, or by meeting challenges associated with their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or disability. We believe that the law school can and should have a student body that is both academically well-qualified and diverse. The presence in the school of students who have diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and interests contributes to the breadth and quality of the classroom and non-classroom dialogue that is a critical element of legal education.

In assessing applicants, the Admissions Committee looks to:

  1. Academic Capability. To assess an applicant’s academic capability, the Committee considers such factors as undergraduate grade point average, the trend of college grades, the difficulty of the applicant’s course of undergraduate study, the quality and grading pattern of the applicant’s undergraduate institution, the extent of work or other activities undertaken while in college, the date of the undergraduate degree, graduate studies, and performance on the Law School Admission Test.
  2. Non-academic Accomplishments. The Committee will consider evidence of significant accomplishments in extracurricular activities, employment, military service, and community service.
  3. Individual Background. The Committee will consider the applicant’s state of residency, cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic background and evidence of significant handicaps overcome by the applicant. The Committee will also consider any history of criminality or academic misconduct.