JD Admissions Requirement


Listed below are the application deadlines for the fall 2017 entering class.

  • November 15: Application deadline for anyone applying for the December Early Decision Option.
  • January 15: Application deadline for anyone applying for the January Early Decision Option.
  • Extended to January 31: Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship application. Full-tuition scholarship for candidates who have strong academic credentials and have demonstrated a commitment to public service .
  • March 1: Deadline AUWCL Institutional Need-based Aid Application. Application form available on the  Financial Aid Website in late 2016.
  • March 1: Deadline for FAFSA as application for federal aid. Forms are available on-line from the Financial Aid Office.
  • March 1: Priority Application Deadline
  • July 1: Application Fee Waived- We will waive the fee for any applications submitted by this date.

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, 2017 test for fall 2017 admission. We will consider the June 2017 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 CAS 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.

Application Form


All candidates must submit the application form, which includes the required personal statement, resume, and character and fitness questions.Candidates submit the application electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application Service. We are automatically waiving the $70.00 application fee for any applications submitted by July 1, 2017. Only the application would need to be received by that date to receive the fee waiver, the CAS report with transcript, LSAT score, and letters of recommendation(s) can follow later.

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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) 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.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar


Character & Fitness Questions

All applicants must answer character and fitness questions on the application. Reporting responsibility to state bars mandates that you fully and completely answer these questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the character and fitness questions on the application, you will need to attach a detailed written explanation. The obligation to provide truthful, accurate, and complete information is a continuing one, which requires you to notify the law school of any changes in your answers to any part of the application that occur after the date of the application submission. Any ambiguity in the questions on the application form should be addressed by contacting the Office of Admissions.

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 Committee on Admissions will consider the severity of the action and any pattern of violations. The American Bar Association Standard 504 requires the law school to advise each applicant to secure information regarding the character and other qualifications for admission to the bar in the state in which the applicant intends to practice.

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.