JD Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) electronic application service. If you experience any difficulty or require technical assistance with the online service, please contact the LSAC Help Desk at 215-968-1393.

Applicants can apply through either the binding Early Decision Option (EDO) or General Rolling Admissions process. (See below for details.)

Our fall 2020 application opened on September 1, 2019, and our priority deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. We are still accepting applications for fall 2019, and we are not charging an application fee at this time.

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If you select to apply under our General Rolling Admissions Process, you may submit your application starting September 1. The priority deadline is March 1. Those who apply by the priority deadline typically receive an admissions decision by April 1.  Applications are sent to the Committee on Admissions in the order in which they are received and completed. Therefore, it is advantageous to complete your application early in the process so your file will be reviewed when there is more space available in the incoming class.

Our binding Early Decision Option (EDO) is a way to indicate to the Committee on Admissions that AUWCL is your first choice for law school and you are committed to attending if admitted. You have the option to apply for either the Round 1 or Round 2 decision deadline. If you choose to apply early decision, please mark the EDO option on your application and submit the Early Decision Certification Form. Your file will not be considered complete without the certification form. Please review the requirements and decision timeline for EDO applicants here.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 3-5 business days of submission. Your file is complete when we receive your complete application, personal statement, LSAC CAS report, official LSAT or GRE score(s), and at least one letter of recommendation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are completed.

The Committee on Admissions, which is made up of AUWCL faculty and staff members, takes a holistic approach to reviewing files. Beyond the LSAT or GRE score and undergraduate cumulative grade point average, the committee will evaluate your transcript and consider factors such as a marked improvement in grades, degree of difficulty of your major, employment during college, activities that indicate proven leadership ability or community service, graduate education, work experience, and other measures of professional achievement and personal and intellectual maturity.

Decisions are made from late September to May. However, not all applicants who apply early in the regular process will receive the first decisions. If your academic record places you toward the middle of our applicant pool, the committee may hold your file to compare it with more of our applicants. We will notify you via email once a final decision on your application has been made. Official admission letters are sent in hard copy via U.S. mail. You may also check the status of your application online in real time (see below).

You may check the status of your application online in real time using the Check Your Status link. Your username and default password can be found in the “Application Received” confirmation email which you should receive within 3-5 business days of submitting your application. Please be sure to check your Spam folder when searching for this email. If you cannot find your login information or need to reset your password, please email your admissions counselor. Include your full name and LSAC ID in your email request.

PIPS Application Deadline extended to January 31

The Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) scholarship was created in 2001 to provide financial and programmatic support to students with both strong academic credentials and a clearly demonstrated commitment to public service. This full-tuition, three-year scholarship is provided to up to 5 incoming PIPS scholars per year to allow them to concentrate on public interest commitments while in law school and have a stronger financial position from which to engage in public interest careers upon graduation. Learn more about the PIPS scholarship program and submit the PIPS application to be considered for this scholarship.

We offer five domestic dual degree programs:

  • JD/MA in International Affairs with the School of International Service
  • JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration) with the Kogod School of Business
  • JD/MS in Justice, Law and Criminology with the School of Public Affairs
  • JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration) with the School of Public Affairs
  • JD/MPP (Master of Public Policy) with the School of Public Affairs

You can apply to a dual degree program as a first-year full-time applicant or during your first year of law school. To apply as a first-year applicant, under division on the Program Selection question of your application, select "Full-Time (Dual Degree Option)", then select the dual degree for which you are applying. You will also need to submit an application directly to the corresponding graduate school. JD Admissions will forward a copy of your JD admissions materials (transcripts, test score, letters of recommendation) if you meet the dual degree application requirements. Please find more information about all of our dual degree admissions requirements here.

Admissions decisions are made independently by each degree program and you could be admitted to one program and not the other. We also offer a number of international JD dual degree programs, which are open to WCL students only and you must have completed at least one semester of law school at WCL before applying. Click here for full list of dual degree options.

Unfortunately, due to the size of our applicant pool and limited class size, we are unable to offer admission to all applicants who impress the Committee on Admissions. Although each year is different, historically the Washington College of Law admits a number of candidates from the waiting list during the late spring and throughout the summer. The waiting list is not ranked and selected candidates are contacted via email and/or telephone. If an applicant is offered a place on the waiting list and wishes to remain in consideration, he/she must submit the Waiting List Reply Form. Please click here for further details on our waiting list process.

  • Transfer and Visiting applicants can find more information about the application process here.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Assistant Director of Admissions & Analytics Ciara Parker at ciparker@wcl.american.edu.