Application Instructions for JD Enrollment
Thank you for your interest in Brandeis School of Law. The admissions process is designed for applicants to demonstrate their potential for the successful study of law. Brandeis School of Law is a welcoming community, which actively recruits qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Applications are accepted from October 1 through April 15. To be timely, an application must be submitted AND complete (all required materials received) by April 15. An application that is submitted before April 15, but completed after April 15 will be considered late. Late applications are accepted only with prior approval of the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
- For priority scholarship consideration, applications must be complete by February 1.
- Register with the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You will submit all application materials through this service.
- Candidates must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university prior to enrollment. The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than the February preceding the fall semester. For example, students wanting to enroll in the Fall semester of 2020 should take their LSAT no later than February 2020. The admissions committee will review your highest score. LSAT scores are valid for five (5) years. You may submit your application prior to the release of your LSAT score; however, your application will not be considered complete until the score is received.
*In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
*The American Bar Association recently adopted a standard allowing students to earn up to 30 credits towards their JD through distance education (including 10 credits during the first year of law school). In accordance with this new standard, Professor Jamie Abrams will teach Torts II as a hybrid course (utilizing a mix of in-person classes and online instruction) during the Spring 2020 semester. This hybrid course is a pilot and may or may not be continued in future academic years. However, prospective students should note that the New York State Board of Law Examiners currently deems ineligible applicants who earned distance education credits during their first year of study. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only jurisdiction with such a restriction.
Materials to Submit through the CAS
- Application Fee: $0.
- Signed and dated application for admission through the CAS. Applications may be signed electronically or a signature submitted with the certification letter via postal mail.
- Personal Statement (1-3 pages). The personal statement is an open-ended essay written on any topic you choose. Ideally, the personal statement will provide insight about your personality and what you will bring to the law school.
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (we will accept up to four (4) letters of recommendation). One letter must be an academic recommendation from a faculty member whose class you have taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. The second letter can either be from a faculty member or from an individual who has knowledge of your academic and work qualifications and ability to succeed in a competitive professional program. Candidates are strongly discouraged from submitting personal letters of recommendation. No recommendations will be considered after an admission decision has been made on an application.
- Official Transcripts.Transcripts from all prior undergraduate, graduate, or professional institutions (including law schools) that you have attended must be submitted directly to CAS as part of the online application process.
- Current Resume.
How to Apply
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee begins its evaluation of files in November, with the majority of decisions made in the period from early January to early April. Every applicant will receive notification as to the status of the application (accept, deny, hold) shortly after the initial review by the Admission Committee.
Those applicants who are placed on hold by the Committee will be reconsidered in the late spring or early summer after more information is available on the entire group of applicants.