How to Apply
All J.D. applications are completed online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.
Entering JD students enroll each fall term on a full-time basis. Applications are available on September 1 with a deadline of July 15. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit all required materials as early as possible. Only completed applications containing all required components are reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and typically, applicants receive a decision within 8 weeks of file completion.
Binding/Early Decision Applications
Candidates who have determined that the University of Minnesota is the best choice may submit an application to the Early Decision Program. Applicants commit themselves to matriculating at Minnesota if admitted. An applicant to the Early Decision Program may not be an Early Decision candidate at any other school during the same admissions cycle. An Early Decision applicant may apply to other law schools on a non-binding basis but, once admitted to the University of Minnesota as an Early Decision candidate, the applicant must notify the other programs and withdraw all applications. No new law school applications may be initiated. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants admitted to the University of Minnesota under the binding Early Decision Program. The application deadline for Early Decision is November 15. Applicants applying Early Decision will be guaranteed a decision by the beginning of December.
1. Application Form
The application form is available on the Law School Admissions Council website.
1.a. Application Fee
The nonrefundable application fee is $75 and is paid through LSAC when submitting the application. Applicants who cannot afford to pay the fee may request a fee waiver by obtaining a fee waiver by emailing the University of Minnesota Law School at email@example.com.
1.b. Character and Fitness
All states require applicants to the bar to establish their character and fitness to practice law. Applicants should carefully review these requirements for the state in which they intend to practice, available at http://www.ncbex.org/character-and-fitness/.
2. Registration with Credential Assembly Service
All applicants must first register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the LSAC website. The service will act as a repository for academic transcripts, testing scores, and letters of recommendation. CAS will summarize your transcripts and send them to each law school to which you apply.
Once registered with CAS, applicants then must contact every previous college or university attended (even if a degree was not earned) to request a transcript be sent directly to CAS.
Universities and other educational institutions should send transcripts to:
Law School Admission Council
P.O. Box 2000-M
Newtown, PA 18940-0993
2.b. International Applicant and Transcript Requirements
If post-secondary work is completed in a location other than the U.S., a U.S. Territory or Canada, the University of Minnesota Law School requires international transcripts be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Please note: Most U.S. students who study abroad as part of exchange programs sponsored by U.S. or Canadian institutions do not need to submit these transcripts to CAS.
Questions about the J.D. Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001, or firstname.lastname@example.org. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the evaluation will be incorporated into your CAS report.
International applicants must submit a current TOEFL or IELTS score to LSAC. (Please see LSAC instructions regarding reporting of these scores.) This requirement is waived if:
An undergraduate or graduate degree is received from an accredited U.S. institution;
An undergraduate degree is received from an international institution for which English is the official language (documentation to that effect is required, such as a letter from the Registrar).
The Law School requires no minimum TOEFL score for admission.
2.c. Law School Admission Test
Applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT score is considered current for five years. The LSAT requirement will not be waived for any applicant. If multiple scores are available, the highest score will be used for review of your application. If you intend to retake the test after you have submitted your application and wish to have your application held until the newest score is available, please submit an addendum making this request with your application. International students also must have completed a post-secondary degree at an English-speaking institution OR must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information, visit www.toefl.org.
3. Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through CAS.
The letters should be from persons in an academic setting who are personally familiar with an applicant’s work and can attest to his or her ability to enter a competitive professional program. If an applicant has been out of college for more than two years, letters from an employer may be submitted instead. Letters from family friends or personal acquaintances are discouraged.
4. Personal Statement
The varied backgrounds and exceptional talents of our students contribute tremendously to the quality of the education at the University of Minnesota Law School. Through the personal statement, the Admissions Committee seeks insight into the abilities, motivation and experiences of an applicant, as well as an assessment of writing ability. Additionally, an applicant’s personal statement should explain why he or she wishes to obtain a law degree at the University of Minnesota. There is no formal prompt to our personal statement section, but we encourage personal statements to be 2-5 pages double spaced
Applicants should include a detailed résumé with their application. The résumé should contain work history during college and since college graduation, including paid and unpaid employment. Resumes should also include:
- Any academic or professional honors, prizes or recognition received
- Brief description of each job’s duties, and reason for leaving
- Extracurricular activities and community service, including the extent of involvement in and contribution to such activities
- Hobbies and other special interests, abilities, or accomplishments.