A completed application for admission should include:
☑ Signed and Dated Application for Admission
Applications are submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service. Applications may be signed electronically or a signature submitted with the certification letter via postal mail. If you have unusual circumstances that prevent you from applying online, you may contact our office at 502-852-6364 to request a paper application.
☑ Non-Refundable Application Fee ($50)
The application fee may be submitted by credit/debit card with the online application or you may send a check or money order to the University of Louisville. Fee Waivers are automatically granted to applicants that have received a waiver via Law Services for the year the waiver was granted. Applicants must turn in their waiver letter from the Law School Admission Council to receive a fee waiver at the University of Louisville.
**The University of Louisville does offer need-based fee waivers. If you feel you qualify for this fee waiver, please complete this form.
☑ Personal Statement (1-3 Pages)
A personal statement must be submitted with the application for admission. The personal statement is an open-ended essay written on any topic the applicant chooses. The statement should be two to three pages in length and well written. It is recommended that you have several individuals proofread and edit your statement prior to submission. Ideally, the personal statement will provide insight to the admission's committee about the applicant's personality and what they will bring to the University of Louisville. The personal statement is uploaded to your credential assembly service account.
☑ Letters of Recommendation (Two required; maximum of four accepted)
Two letters of recommendation must be submitted, these letters should be submitted from a faculty member or from individuals who have knowledge of the applicant’s personal qualifications and ability to succeed in a competitive professional program. (i.e. current academic advisers and employers, are helpful in evaluating the application.) Letters of recommendation must be sent to the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service. Applications are not considered ready for review will be held until at least two letters of recommendation are received. No recommendations will be considered after an admission decision has been made on an application.
☑ Official Transcripts from All Prior Undergraduate and Graduate Institutions Attended and LSAT
Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions that the applicant has attended must be submitted directly to LSAC CAS (the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service). The Law School Admission Test is also required.
☑ Diversity Statement (Optional)
The Law School gives serious consideration to the ways in which each applicant might contribute to a diverse educational environment. You may wish to write a diversity statement in which you distinguish yourself from other applicants. This diversity statement could explain what makes you different and what your individuality will contribute to the class. Topics of focus could include, but are not limited to: leadership qualities, community service, socioeconomic status, work history, advanced study, unique talents or experiences, unusual hardships, race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and disability status.
To assure that access to legal education and to the legal profession are visibly open to all qualified members of our heterogeneous society, the law school considers as one factor an applicant’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability status and socioeconomic status in order to help open the ranks of the legal profession to those who have been historically underrepresented in the profession.
Applications are not considered complete and ready for review until the law school receives the law school report from the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service. Your report from LSAC CAS will not be sent until all items are received by LSAC.