JD Admissions Requirements

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Listed below are the application deadlines for the fall 2015 entering class.

  • November 15: Application deadline for anyone applying for the December Early Decision Option. For more information please click here.

  • January 15: Application deadline for anyone applying fo the January Early Decision Option. For more information please click here.
  • January 15 : Application deadline for Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship but applications will be accepted past that deadline on a case-by-case basis depending on timing. Please contact Asst. Director of Admissions Meghan Walter at mwalter@wcl.american.edu to confirm.
  • March 1: Deadline for Need Access application for a AUWCL need-based grant. Need Access information can be found on the financial aid office web page.
  • March 1: Deadline for FAFSA as application for federal aid. Forms are available on-line from the financial aid office.
  • March 1: The priority application deadline for our general admissions process.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply to the law school if you will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to entering the law school and if you have taken the LSAT within the past five years. The LSAT is offered four times annually. We accept the February, 2015 test for fall 2015 admission. We will consider the June 2015 test on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who graduated from college in the United States or Canada will need to register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report service. This service requires that you send a transcript from each college or university you have attended to Law School Admission Council (LSAC), where an analysis of your undergraduate transcript(s) along with your LSAT score(s) are compiled into a report sent to each law school to which you apply. Our admissions committee will not review your application until it has received your LSDAS report; therefore it is imperative that you submit all necessary documents and register with LSAC in a timely manner. Further information and registration forms for the LSAT and CAS an be obtained from the LSAC web site.

Applicants who earned their undergraduate degree outside the United States or Canada MUST take the LSAT and have their academic credentials evaluated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You may register for this credential evaluation service via the LSAC web site www.lsac.org. Applicants must have earned at least the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

Applicants who hold a student visa or are applying for an I-20 visa must attend full time. Full time is defined for these purposes as at least 12 credit hours per semester. I-20 forms are not available until an applicant has been accepted and has paid a tuition deposit. It is vital that you demonstrate adequate financial support to cover cost of one year of attendance. You must show evidence of sufficient private or government funding in order to be issued the appropriate immigration document. For more information on student visas, please review the International Student & Scholar Services web site at http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/ISSS-Services.cfm.

Recommendations and Evaluations


Letters of Recommendations: You are required, to submit at least one letter of recommendation, and no more than two. The Committee on Admissions appreciates the content and quality of each letter rather than the quantity. Letters that evaluate your analytical capabilities and communication skills and attest to other relevant circumstances assist us in further understanding your record. Therefore, academic references are the most useful.

You must submit the letters through LSAC's Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and Evaluation Service, and the letters will be sent to us with your CAS report. Through the LSAC letter of recommendation service, applicants can specify the letters for each law school and can track receipt of letters.

Once we have received at least one letter of recommendation and if the rest of your file is complete, your file will be sent to the Committee on Admissions for review. If you request that we hold your file until two letters are received, it will delay the review process and therefore your decision.

Evaluations: You may submit one evaluation via LSAC Evaluation Service, but this is not required and is not in lieu of the one required letter of recommendation.

Note: All materials you submit become our property and cannot be returned or forwarded to a third party. Any false or misleading statements may be the basis for denial of admission, or if admitted, dismissal from the law school. You must notify us of any changes of status as to any part of the application which occur after the date you sign the application, and you must then complete the explanation required within 30 days of the status change. This obligation is a continuing one, and the requirement of completeness, accuracy, and truthfulness extends beyond the filing of the application for admission to include the entire period of matriculation at the law school. Failure to satisfy this obligation after matriculation may result in a proceeding being instituted under the Washington College of Law's Honor Code.