Application Deadlines and Requirements

Application

Listed below are the application deadlines and other important dates for the fall 2018 entering class.

  • September 1: Fall 2018 application opens.

  • Late September - October: First round of decisions is sent out. (General rolling admissions applicants may receive a decision any time between late September and late March.)

  • November 15: December Early Decision Option application deadline. More information here.

  • December 31: Fee waiver deadline. $70 application fee is automatically waived if application is submitted by this date.

  • January 15: January Early Decision Option application deadline. More information here.

  • January 15: Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship application deadline. More information here.

  • January 31: $900 deposit deadline for admitted Early Decision Option applicants.

  • Late January - Early February: First Merit Scholarship notifications are sent out.

  • March 1: AUWCL Institutional Need-based Aid Application deadline. Application available on the financial aid website.

  • March 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline. More information on the financial aid website.

  • March 1: Priority application deadline.

  • Mid-March: First waiting list decisions are sent out.

  • April 2: $900 deposit deadline for general (rolling) admissions process merit scholarship recipients.

  • April 16: $900 deposit deadline for general (rolling) admissions process applicants who did not receive a merit scholarship.

  • April - August: Waiting list candidates are considered for admission.

Your complete application to AUWCL will include:

  • Online application form
  • Character & Fitness Addendum (required for each "yes" answer to any of the 3 Character & Fitness questions on the application)
  • Personal Statement (2-3 pages recommended)
  • Resume (1-3 pages recommended)
  • Diversity Statement (optional) - used to explain how your personal circumstances are of special relevance to your application
  • Addendum (optional) - may include an academic or other addendum to further explain information not already addressed in other application materials
  • CAS report from LSAC - requested by admissions once you submit your application; will include your LSAT scores from the last 5 years, undergraduate GPA, and transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation (1 required; maximum of 2)
  • Final undergraduate transcript - must be sent directly to the office of admissions only if the transcript in your CAS report is not confirmed by LSAC as a degree-conferring transcript.
  • Early Decision Option Certification Form (required for all EDO applicants)
  • $70 application fee, unless submitted by the fee waiver deadline

Please note that we do not conduct interviews as part of our admissions process.

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 (this will increase to six administrations in 2018-2019). We accept scores through the February 2018 test for the fall 2018 admissions cycle. We will consider the June 2018 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 we have 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 website.

Foreign-Educated Applicant Transcripts: 
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 website. Applicants must have earned at least the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. We will no longer accept credential evaluation reports from Worldwide Education Service (WES) or any other credential evaluation service.

TOEFL Requirements: 
Applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate coursework was not conducted in English must take the TOEFL exam and submit their score through the LSAC credential service. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (600 paper based test) is recommended.

Acquiring a Student Visa: 
Applicants who are applying for a student (F-1) 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/Immigration-and-Visa-Incoming-Students.cfm.

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.