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.

Application Requirements

Getting Started

  1. Application Period: October 1 through April 15
  2. For priority scholarship consideration, applications must be complete (properly submitted and all required materials received) by March 1.   
  3. Register with the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You will submit all application materials through this service.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2017 should take their LSAT no later than February 2017. 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.

    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 from a faculty member. The second letter can either be from a faculty member or from an individual who has knowledge of your personal qualifications and ability to succeed in a competitive professional program.  No recommendations will be considered after an admission decision has been made on an application.
    • Official Transcripts.Transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended must be submitted directly to CAS as part of the online application process.
    • Current Resume.
    • Diversity Statement (Optional). We give serious consideration to the ways you may contribute to a diverse educational environment. Your diversity statement could explain what makes you different and what your individuality will contribute to class. Such diversity topics may include: leadership qualities, community service, socioeconomic status, work history, or diversity of thought.

    How to Apply

    You may complete and submit your law school application through LSAC by clicking this button.

    Application Deadline


    Admission Decisions

    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee begins its evaluation of files in January, with the majority of decisions made in the period from mid-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.

    Upon Acceptance

    Admitted students will be required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with two tuition seat deposits, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester. The deadlines will be stated on the letter of admission. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in admission revocation. Unless otherwise indicated on your offer of admission letter, the first seat deposit deadline is April 15 and second seat deposit deadline is June 1 for the fall term. Both deposits are non-refundable.  Your deposits must be paid electronically.  You can pay your deposit by visiting our Admitted Student Site.  Access to the Admitted Student Site through your offer of admission letter and email. Please have your Student ID Number on-hand, as you will need it to make the payment.  We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA.

    Admitted students are also required to submit one official degree showing transcript. Incoming first-year students have until August 1, 2016 to submit this transcript directly to the Admissions Office. More information on the requirements will be given at the time of admission.