When WCL began, the policies of admissions included the following criteria:
- Students must be at least eighteen years of age.
- Students must satisfactorily pass an English examination.
- Students must be of "Good Moral Character".
In 1908, a high school diploma was required for admission.
In 1939, two years of college were required for admission.
As of October 2003, there were 1608 students enrolled in the Law school, each completing an extensive process, which included the following:
- Students must earn a Bachelor degree from an accredited university.
- Students must pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
- Students must register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) along with their application.
These are only a few of the critical phases of the admissions process. The LSDAS is a service that law schools use to create a report on prospective students for the admissions committee to evaluate. This service was not available for the early WCL students and in 1898 they only had to apply with one of the deans, Ellen Spencer Mussey or Emma M. Gillett.
- Catalogue of the Washington College of Law, 1898-'99.
- Washington College of Law Website, Office of Admissions.
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