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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. 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.
  2. For priority scholarship consideration, applications must be complete by February 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 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

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

    Admission Decisions

    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.

    3+3 Accelerated Law Program

    The 3+3 Accelerated Law Program at the University of Louisville allows eligible undergraduate students to apply to the Brandeis School of Law in their junior year.

    Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a baccalaureate at the end of their first year of law school and Juris Doctor degree two years later, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

    Brandeis graduates are using their degrees in a variety of ways, from traditional legal practice to careers in higher education, government or public service.

    FAQs

    A: To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following requirements:

    A: Students who satisfy the eligibility requirements may apply for admission to the Brandeis School of Law under the 3+3 program prior to completing their junior year at the University of Louisville. Students must apply between October 1 and April 15 of their junior year. In addition, all applicants must satisfy the following:

    • Submit scores from a valid and reliable admission test in order to assist the law school’s Admissions Committee in assessing the applicant’s ability to satisfactorily complete the school’s program of legal education
    • Interview with a Brandeis School of Law admissions representative
    • Complete all other Brandeis School of Law admission requirements

    A: 3+3 students will pay the law school tuition rate for all three years they are enrolled in law school. For 3+3 students earning their bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, undergraduate scholarships may be used for the first year of law school.

    A: The student will be considered a law student during the fourth year/1L year.

    If the student fails to complete or fails the law school course it will be the decision of individual departments whether to accept any of the law school credits toward the undergraduate degree. If the student successfully completes the 1L year, the undergraduate degree is awarded at the conclusion of the 1L year.

    Application Checklist

    For both full-time and part-time J.D. enrollment, all applicants must submit a complete application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website, plus associated materials to be submitted via LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). An application will be considered complete if and only if the following required components have been received:

    Electronic application

    All applications must be completed, signed and submitted electronically through LSAC.org. Among other items, the application requires the disclosure of pertinent information as to the applicant's character and fitness to study and practice the law.

    Personal statement

    A personal statement must be included with the electronic application. The personal statement is an open-ended essay written on any topic the applicant chooses. It should be two to three pages in length, double-spaced, and should demonstrate the applicant's capacity for high-quality written work. Ideally, the personal statement will provide insight to the Admissions Committee about who the applicant is and what they would contribute to the our law school community.

    Résumé

    A current résumé outlining the applicant's work and educational experience must be included with the electronic application.

    LSAT

    The applicant must have a reported score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) from no earlier than the past five years of administration. The LSAT is administered several times each year at designated testing locations and includes multiple choice sections that test logical reasoning, reading comprehension and analytical skills. The applicant must also complete the LSAT Writing, administered separately, for the LSAT to be complete. To learn more about the LSAT, including the LSAT Writing, please visit LSAC.org.

    Official transcripts

    Official transcripts from all institutions where the applicant has undertaken undergraduate- or graduate-level coursework must be submitted via CAS. For completed degrees, transcripts should show the degree(s) conferred and date(s) of conferral.

    Letters of recommendation

    A minimum of two letters of recommendation must be submitted via CAS. The Admissions Committee strongly encourages any applicant currently or recently enrolled in a full-time academic program to submit at least one letter from a faculty member who has taught the applicant in a traditional classroom setting for one or more upper-division courses. Additional recommendations will not be considered after an admission decision has been rendered. Though only two letters of recommendation are required, we will accept up to four.

    Diversity statement (optional)

    To assure that access to both legal education and the legal profession is visibly open to all qualified members of our heterogeneous society, the Admissions Committee gives serious consideration, as one factor in its analysis, to the ways in which applicants might contribute to a diverse educational environment and broaden the ranks of the legal profession to include those who have been historically underrepresented.

    To that end, an applicant might wish to write a diversity statement, included with the electronic application. Topics of focus could include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, work history, advanced studies, community service, special talents, unusual hardships or other unique experiences.

    Applications are not considered complete and reviewable until the law school has received all required components, including those submitted via CAS. Please allow time for LSAC to process materials submitted via CAS, as we cannot access those materials until they have been processed by LSAC.

    Transfer and Visiting Student Applicants

    Brandeis School of Law welcomes both transfer and visiting students to our law school.

    Requirements for Transfer Applicants

    1. Register with the Credential Assembly Service of the LSAC and meet the entrance requirements of the Law School.
    2. Complete the first year of study at an ABA-accredited law school and eligible to enter Brandeis School of Law's second-year class.
    3. Submit two letters of recommendation (maximum of four allowed) directly to LSAC.
    4. Request an official transcript from the applicant's current law school be sent directly to Brandeis School of Law or to LSAC.
    5. In addition to our standard application checklist, transfer students must also send a letter of good standing and class rank directly to Brandeis School of Law from an official of the applicant's current law school. Note: transfer applicants should be in the top one-fourth of the class at their previous law school.

    Upon Acceptance

    Upon acceptance, transfers are required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with a tuition seat deposit, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester.

    Transfer Credits Acceptance Policy

    Brandeis School of Law accepts transfer credits from other ABA-Approved Schools in certain circumstances and, pursuant to ABA accreditation standards, limits the number of transfer credit hours a student may receive. A student who transfers to Brandeis after completing the first year of law school elsewhere may earn up to 30 credits for first-year courses. Students must be admitted as a transfer student before a determination on the number of transfer credits is made.

    Transfer credits will be awarded only for courses in which the student has earned a C or better. No duplication of credit will be awarded. This means that a student may not receive transfer credit and then receive credit for the same course taken at the Brandeis School of Law. The Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management will determine when a Brandeis course is duplicative of a course for which the student received transfer credit.

    A student who has been dismissed from another law school for academic failure or for misconduct will not be considered for transfer.

    No credit will be given toward a J.D. degree for coursework completed prior to matriculating to law school.

    Requirements for Visiting Applicants

    On a limited basis, students from other ABA-accredited law schools also may attend classes at the law school as visiting students, for a designated period of time. Visiting students must be in good standing, and their home institutions must agree to accept credits earned at the University of Louisville. Upon acceptance, visiting students are asked to submit a signed letter of intent.

    In addition to our standard application checklist, visiting students must also send a letter from their home institution stating that the credits received at Brandeis will transfer back to their home institution.

    Application Periods for Transfer and Visiting Students

    • Fall Semester: February 1 through July 15
    • Spring Semester: October 1 through November 1
    • Summer Semester: February 1 through May 1 (visiting students only)

    International Student Applicants

    Brandeis School of Law welcomes the interest of international students. To study in the United States requires substantial preparation and careful advance planning. The School of Law offers a 90-credit hour Juris Doctor Degree with a full-time and part-time program. The University of Louisville does not offer a Masters in Law (LL.M) Degree. It is recommended that international applicants apply by the March 15 deadline.

    International students are billed at the non-resident tuition rate. Foreign students are eligible for the same institutional scholarship opportunities as U.S. citizens or resident aliens. However, all federally funded student aid programs are available only for U.S. citizens or eligible resident aliens.

    In addition to our standard application checklist, visiting students must also send a transcript from their home institution to Brandeis School of Law. as well as a letter of good standing and class rank.

    JD Credential Assembly Service (JD CAS) for Foreign-Educated Applicants if:

    1. You received your undergraduate degree from a foreign institution, or
    2. You were directly enrolled at a foreign institution(s) and the total amount of work you completed at all foreign institutions combined is the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study in the U.S., its territories, or Canada.

    To use JD CAS, you must register for the Credential Assembly Service and you must request that the appropriate documents (e.g., mark sheets, degree certifications, transcripts) be sent directly to LSAC from the institution(s) you attended.

    Financial Statement

    You will be asked to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to support your educational and living expenses for the duration of your studies in the United States. All international applicants should complete the Financial Declaration for International Students form. All applicants who will require or who now have a non-immigrant visa should complete the International Student Application Supplement/Financial Disclosure form. The University reserves the right to require an advance deposit equal to two semester's tuition and fees as proof of sufficient financial resources.

    When you have met all requirements of the International Student Center, the University will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for Student or IAP-66 for Exchange Visitor). This certificate is necessary to obtain a U.S. visa. The certificate, along with a valid passport and proof of sufficient financial support for your studies, should be taken to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country. We also recommend that you contact the local U.S. Consulate or Embassy for advice and reference materials about U.S. colleges and universities.

    TOEFL Requirement

    All classes are conducted in English and all exams are administered in English. All applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a minimum TOEFL score. The minimum scores required are:

    Computer-Based Exam - 220
    Paper-Based Exam - 550
    Internet-Based Exam - 79

    Admission Decisions

    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee begins its evaluation of files in December of the year before admission, with the majority of decisions made in the period from mid-January to mid-April. Every applicant will receive notification as to the status of the application (accept, hold, deny) shortly after the initial review by the Admission Committee.

    Those applicants who are placed on hold by the Committee will be reconsidered in the spring after more information is available on the entire group of applicants. The most promising applicants remaining on hold after admission decisions are completed in the spring will be placed on a wait list and kept informed of their status over the summer months.

    Upon Acceptance

    Admitted students will be required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with a tuition seat deposit, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester. The deadline will be stated on the letter of admission. Failure to meet the deadline will result in admission revocation. The seat deposit (for the fall term) is refundable if a written request for refund is received by June 1. Admitted students are also required to submit two official degree showing transcripts and passport-sized photographs.

    Please do not make arrangements for travel to the U.S. until you receive a written offer of admission from the University of Louisville and approval of your I-20 or IAP-66 form.

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