FAQs about Admissions
When do I apply?
Applicants are urged to apply early. Applications are accepted between October 1st and April 15th of the year they intend to enter law school.
How do I apply?
You must apply online at www.lsac.org and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
What do I need to apply?
You should have (or will have by August) an undergraduate degree, a personal statement, have taken or be registered to take the LSAT, registered for the Credential Assembly Service, a resume, 2 letters of recommendation, and the application fee of $50.00.
When should I take the LSAT?
LSAT scores are reported from Law Services for five years; however, the LSAT is usually taken either the summer before or during the fall of the undergraduate senior year. It is recommended that the test be taken no later than December of the year prior to the year you are planning to attend. June LSAT scores just prior to the fall term in which you expect to matriculate will be considered ONLY under extraordinary circumstances and with permission of the Assistant Dean for Admissions. Applicants hoping to gain admission based on a June test result should be aware that they will not have the same chance for success that they might have had with an earlier review.
What LSAT score do I need?
The admission committee looks at all factors; there is no minimum required score. The median and percentiles are on the entering class profile page.
How do I apply for scholarships?
There is no separate application for Law School awarded scholarships. All admitted students files are reviewed for scholarship.
What should I think about when writing my personal statement?
Your personal statement is your chance to let the Admissions Committee get to know you. As a law student, writing skills are vital to your success, so you want to be sure that your personal statement is proofread by several people. You will want to double-check spelling, punctuation and grammar. The key to remember is that your personal statement is going to be read by Law Faculty and Staff and they expect applicants to be detail-oriented. Your personal statement can be on any topic that you choose. You could write about a success that you have had, a trip, a community service project, a challenge in your life and how you overcame it, a person who influenced you to come to law school. The topics are endless; however, you want to pick one topic and keep your essay focused and make sure that the essay focuses on you. You want to be concise and keep your essay to 2-3 pages in length. This is your chance to let the committee get to know who you are since they will not be able to interview you.
Who should I request to write letters of recommendation?
Remember that Law faculty and staff will be reviewing your application. Law faculty is very interested in what other faculty members have to say about you as a student. However, we know that some applicants have been out of school for a length of time and may not have the opportunity to get a letter of recommendation from a professor or faculty member. A letter from an employer, supervisor or someone else who can speak to your abilities and dedication. Letters from family members and friends are discouraged.
What is Character and Fitness?
Good character and fitness are important not only to your admission to law school but also to your eventual admission to the bar if you intend to practice law. Kentucky and many other states require that a copy of your law school application accompany your bar application. Candor is essential. Failure to answer truthfully and completely the character and fitness questions on the application for admission could affect your bar application later.
Applicants are urged to investigate the rules governing admision to the bar in the state in which she or he intends to practice. Answers to the character and fitness questions should reflect these rules. Compliance with bar admission requirements is the sole responsibility of the student. More information is available on the Kentucky Bar Association's website.
What types of addendums should I include?
Addendums are included in your application when you feel that there is something within the application that needs to be further explained. Addendums are required whenever you answer "yes" to one of the questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application. Addendums can be included to explain GPA fluctuations, lapse in education, or anything else that you feel the committee needs more explanation to understand. You can also write and include a diversity statement as well in addition to your personal statement and addendums.
How should I prepare for the LSAT?
There are many ways to prepare for the LSAT. There are study guides that you can find at your local library or bookstore. There are several organizations that provide preparatory courses for a fee. Also, you can visit www.lsac.org and purchase test prep materials at a reasonable cost. The way that you decide to study is a personal choice. However, you want to be sure that you give yourself at least 3 months to prepare for the LSAT. Logics courses or exercises will help you when preparing for the LSAT. You should take several timed practice tests before you take the actual LSAT. Remember, the more prepared you are, the better you will feel the day of the actual test.
If I take the LSAT more than once, will you take the highest score or an average?
If you take the LSAT more than one time, we will use your highest score to make a decision on your application for admission. We will be able to see all of your test scores, but will only consider you based on the highest score.
Once I apply, how long will it take for me to receive a decision?
Once your application is complete (meaning that all required information has been submitted to LSAC), we will receive your information from LSAC and create a file for you. Once your file is created, your application will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee in the order in which we received your application. Altogether, it may take 3-4 weeks before you receive notification of your decision. Please remember that our peak application processing period is during the months of January, February, and March, therefore the process may take a little longer depending on the amount of applications we are receiving.
I have been placed on hold, now what?
If your file has been placed on hold, it means that the committee likes what they see, however, you may have a lot of the same credentials as other applicants and they are waiting to see what the rest of the applicant pool looks like. During the time that you are placed on hold, you can feel free to submit further documentation for your file (i.e. another letter of recommendation or a letter of continued interest). Decisions on these files will be made later in the cycle and during the mid to late summer.
Do you have a part-time program?
Yes, the University of Louisville does have a part-time day program. This program is intermingled with the full-time program and all of the classes are offered during the daytime (morning and afternoon). We no longer offer a part-time program in the evenings. In order to be in the part-time program, your schedule needs to flexible. Persons working a 9-5, Monday to Friday job will not be able to participate in this program as you will be in class at least 2-4 days a week.
What does the part-time program look like?
The part time program consists of 4-5 classes a semester. All classes will be in the mornings or afternoons. Summer courses will be offered, but not required. It will take you 4-5 years to complete the program depending on how many courses you take a semester and if you are taking summer courses. Your schedule must be flexible to participate in the part-time program.
If I am admitted as a part-time student, can I change to a full-time student ? After your first year as a part-time student you can make a request to the Dean of Students to transfer into the full-time program.
How many students are in the Law School? There are approximately 400 students total in the Law School.
How many in the first year class?
In the first year class, we target to enroll approximately 140 students.