Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please contact us!
When do I apply?
Applicants are urged to apply early. Applications are accepted between October 1st and April 15th of the year they intend to enter law school.
How do I apply?
You must apply online by registering for the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
What do I need to apply?
You should have (or will have by August) an undergraduate degree, a personal statement, have taken or be registered to take the LSAT, registered for the Credential Assembly Service, a résumé, and two letters of recommendation. There is no application fee.
When should I take the LSAT?
LSAT scores are reported from Law Services for five years; however, the LSAT is usually taken either the summer before or during the fall of the undergraduate senior year. It is recommended that the test be taken no later than December of the year prior to the year you are planning to attend. June LSAT scores just prior to the fall term in which you expect to matriculate will be considered only under extraordinary circumstances and with permission of the Assistant Dean for Admissions. Applicants hoping to gain admission based on a June test result should be aware that they will not have the same chance for success that they might have had with an earlier review.
What LSAT score do I need?
The Admissions Committee looks at all factors; there is no minimum required score. The median and percentiles are on the entering class profile page.
How do I apply for scholarships?
There is no separate application for law school awarded scholarships. All admitted students files are reviewed for scholarship eligibility.
What should I think about when writing my personal statement?
Your personal statement is your chance to let the Admissions Committee get to know you and showcase your writing skills. Your personal statement is going to be read by law faculty and staff and they expect applicants to be detail-oriented. Your personal statement can be on any topic that you choose, whether a success you have had, a trip, a community service project, a challenge in your life and how you overcame it, a person who influenced you to come to law school, etc. You want to be concise and keep your essay to 2 to 3 pages in length. This is your chance to let the committee get to know who you are since they will not be able to interview you.
From whom should I request letters of recommendation?
Remember that law faculty and staff will be reviewing your application. Law faculty members are very interested in what other faculty members have to say about you as a student. However, we know that some applicants have been out of school for a length of time and may not have the opportunity to get a letter of recommendation from a professor or faculty member. Therefore, we suggest providing a letter from an employer, supervisor or someone else who can speak to your abilities and dedication. Letters from family members and friends are discouraged.
What is Character and Fitness?
Good character and fitness are important not only to your admission to law school but also to your eventual admission to the bar if you intend to practice law. Kentucky and many other states require that a copy of your law school application accompany your bar application. Failure to answer truthfully and completely the character and fitness questions on the application for admission could affect your bar application later.
Applicants are urged to investigate the rules governing admission to the bar in the state in which she or he intends to practice. Answers to the character and fitness questions should reflect these rules. Compliance with bar admission requirements is the sole responsibility of the student. More information is available on the Kentucky Bar Association's website.
What types of addenda should I include?
Addenda are included in your application when you feel that there is something within the application that needs to be further explained. Addenda are required whenever you answer "yes" to one of the questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application. Addenda can be included to explain GPA fluctuations, lapse in education, or anything else that you feel the committee needs more explanation to understand. You can also write and include a diversity statement as well in addition to your personal statement and addenda.
How should I prepare for the LSAT?
There are many ways to prepare for the LSAT. There are study guides that you can find at your local library or bookstore, as well as several organizations that provide preparatory courses for a fee. Also, you can visit www.lsac.org and purchase test prep materials at a reasonable cost. It is recommended that you give yourself at least 3 months to prepare for the LSAT, including several timed practice tests.
Can I transfer credits from another school?
If you are transferring from another law school, there is an opportunity to transfer previous law credits. For more information, please review our transfer credits acceptance policy. However, no credit will be given toward a J.D. degree for coursework completed prior to matriculating to law school.