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MLEAP (Minnesota Law Early Admissions Program)

The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity, the Minnesota Law Early Admissions Program (MLEAP). This program is for current undergraduate University of Minnesota students who are in the University honors program with a GPA of 3.75 or above. Students should be in good academic standing and interested in pursuing a legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Program Overview
The purpose of MLEAP is to provide current University of Minnesota undergraduate students an opportunity to apply to the Law School without the LSAT. Students considering MLEAP should have researched law programs and determined that the University of Minnesota Law School is the best choice for their legal education.

MLEAP is an experimental program. Applicants who apply and are admitted under this program will be participating in a study designed to evaluate whether undergraduate GPA and ACT/SAT scores are valid and reliable measurements for the potential to succeed in law school. Undergraduate GPA, ACT/SAT scores and first-year law school grades (if admitted to the program) will be used for this evaluation.

Program Eligibility
To be eligible for MLEAP for the fall 2015, students must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree from a University of Minnesota campus. Students must be in the University honors program with a GPA of 3.75 or above. Undergraduate graduation must take place in May 2014, December 2014, spring 2015, or summer 2015. Students graduating in May 2014 must submit their application before they graduate and prior to the June deadline. Applicants are not required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to apply, however, students must have an ACT or SAT score.

Students will be notified of their admissions decision by August 15, allowing students who have not been admitted through the Early Admissions Program to take the October administration of the LSAT and begin applying to the University of Minnesota Law School via Early Decision or to regular J.D. application or alternative law schools. Please consult the LSAC website to determine LSAT registration deadlines.

Application Requirements
Applicants through MLEAP are responsible for the complete submission of the following materials by the June 2, 2014, deadline:

  • Application form
  • Early admissions agreement
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from the University of Minnesota and, if applicable, official transcripts from any other undergraduate institutions attended, such as community colleges and study abroad programs
  • Applicants must also submit an official University of Minnesota transcript to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at the same time they submit their official transcripts directly to the Law School. See "Transcripts" below for additional information.
  • ACT or SAT scores. If your ACT/SAT score is on file with the University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Office of Admissions it is not necessary to submit these scores. By completing this application you give the Law School Admissions Office permission to access scores from your U of M record. If you did not submit ACT/SAT scores upon admission to the undergraduate program, you must have your official scores sent directly to the Law School Office of Admissions.
  • Two letters of recommendation written by University of Minnesota instructors and/or a pre-law advisor
  • Résumé
  • Diversity statement (optional)

The Admissions Committee will complete a holistic assessment of all application materials.

Transcripts
MLEAP applicants will need to submit the following transcripts with their application to the Law School and to LSAC.

  1. An official University of Minnesota transcript, and, if applicable, official transcripts from any other undergraduate institutions attended, such as community colleges, sent to:

    University of Minnesota Law School
    Office of Admissions
    290 Walter F. Mondale Hall
    229 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
  2. An official University of Minnesota transcript to LSAC. Create a free LSAC account via http://os.lsac.org/Release/Logon/Access.aspx. There is no fee associated with this. Do not sign up for a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account or provide any payment/credit card information. Then request to have your official University of Minnesota transcripts to:

    Law School Admission Council
    662 Penn Street, PO Box 2000-M
    Newtown, PA 18940-0993

    Please note that you should request your official University of Minnesota transcripts at the same time to ensure the transcripts received by the Law School is identical to the transcript received by LSAC. Also, only official University of Minnesota transcripts should be sent to LSAC. If you transferred to the U of M from another post-secondary institution (university, community or technical school, etc.) you DO NOT need to send official transcripts to LSAC from these institutions.

*Admitted students through MLEAP will be required to upgrade their LSAC accounts to include the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) which comes with a fee (approximately $155).

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation written by University of Minnesota instructors and/or a pre-law advisor. All letters should be written on department letterhead. Recommenders can send the letters to the Law School Admissions office or email a scanned copy of their original, signed letter to jdadmissions@umn.edu.

Interviews
MLEAP applicants will be selected for interviews based on a holistic assessment of the application materials. Selected applicants must be available to interview in person or via phone in July 2014 to be eligible for admission. The Admissions Office will contact applicants directly in late June regarding interviews. Interviews will be conducted by Law School Admissions staff and are designed to provide the Admissions Committee with additional information on a candidate's maturity, judgment, communication, analytical skills and motivation to pursue a legal education.

Application Timeline (For Fall 2015)

  • January 1, 2014 – MLEAP application available
  • June 2, 2014– MLEAP applications due
  • July 2014– Candidate Interviews
  • August 15, 2014 – Applicants notified of admission decision
  • January 2015 – Seat deposits due for admitted students
  • August (Late) 2015 – New student orientation
  • September 2015 – First day of fall 2015

Financial Aid
Students applying for and admitted through MLEAP are eligible for the same forms of financial aid and scholarships as regular J.D. admissions applicants.

  • Scholarships – all applicants are considered and notified of merit-based scholarship awards at the time of admission. Scholarship awards range in amounts from $5,000 per year up to full-tuition. Most are renewable each year for three years under reasonable terms.
  • Financial Aid – all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in January to be considered for various need-based aid. For more information on tuition and fees and other available forms of aid, visit the following link: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/tuition.html.

Experimental Nature of the Early Admissions Program
The University of Minnesota Law School has been granted a variance by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the Early Admissions Program to not require the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) as part of the admissions process. MLEAP is an experimental program. Applicants who apply and are admitted under this program will be participating in a study designed to evaluate whether undergraduate GPA and ACT/SAT scores are valid and reliable measurements for the potential to succeed in law school. Undergraduate GPA, ACT/SAT scores and first-year law school grades (if admitted to the program) will be used for this evaluation.

Applicants should be aware that it may be necessary for them to take the LSAT if they wish to apply to another law school for first-year or transfer admissions.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) please click here.

2013 Demographics of MLEAP Applicants & Matriculants

  Applicants Matriculants
Total 38 15
Age Range 20-45 20-30
Gender 66% Female; 34% Male 59% Female; 41% Male
States 3 (74% MN resident; 26% nonresident - WI, IL) 3 (59% MN resident; 41% nonresident - WI, IL)
Median GPA 3.50 3.725
Median ACT (Composite) 23 27