Admissions Standards and Policies
Our goal is to identify and admit individuals who have the potential to distinguish themselves as law students and, later, as principled lawyers. Although LSAT scores and grade-point average are important indicators of an applicant's potential for academic success, the admissions process also places importance on other indicators of success.
Successful applicants for admission, in addition to strong academic records, may distinguish themselves in a number of ways, including: time spent away from formal education while engaged in meaningful work, community service or military duty, a rising trend in academic performance versus solid but unexceptional work, employment while in school in response to financial pressures or other needs which demonstrates personal responsibility, significant personal achievement in extracurricular activities which demonstrates leadership potential and a concern for others, unusual experiences or training that promise to bring something different to the community, and an appreciation for traditions in the legal field.
ELIGIBILITY FOR APPLYING AND STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION
Liberty University School of Law requires for admission to its J.D. program a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
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The law school does not require a particular major or undergraduate field of study; however, it advises prospective students to enroll in courses that develop and refine skills in the areas of writing, critical reading, and logical reasoning.
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
The following items are also required: a completed application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a full CAS report, and a non-refundable application fee ($50).
Personal interviews of applicants may be conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are normally conducted by phone.
LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT)
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a useful aid in the selection process. It is designed to measure some of the skills that are important to successful law study and, within broad limits, provides a reasonable assessment of these skills. Standing alone, the LSAT provides only a partial evaluation of a person's qualifications for law study. However, when combined with other factors, the LSAT is helpful in assessing individual promise and in making comparisons among those who compete for admission.
Applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT in June, October, or December in the year prior to the desired date of entry. Scores up to five years old will be accepted. Information may be obtained by consulting the LSAC website.
CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE (LSDAS)
You must subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS was developed by the LSAC with the assistance of the Educational Testing Service to help participating schools collect and analyze data pertaining to the academic records of applicants. You may register for the CAS when you register for the LSAT. You may register for the CAS by mail, phone, or on the LSAC website.
Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate college or university you attended must be submitted to LSAC. Even if a school to which you transferred includes summary data regarding your prior school credits on its transcript, an official transcript from the institutions you attended must be submitted. As soon as you receive additional grades (such as first semester or senior year grades) you should request the submission of an updated transcript to LSAC, which will in turn send us an updated report. We suggest that you allow no less than four weeks for a transcript to be processed through CAS.
Liberty University School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, 312-988-5000.
Admission is based on the law school's estimate of the applicant's potential for academic excellence. The school considers the totality of information available. No one factor such as LSAT score, grade-point average, or letter of recommendation, is conclusive.
Many factors enter into the decision-making process. Two key factors include the applicant’s cumulative grade-point average and the LSAT score. The Admissions Committee also examines additional factors already noted herein.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions are made after an applicant’s file is complete.
ACCEPTING AN OFFER OF ADMISSION
Offers of admission to entering first-year students are made only for the fall semester.
Confirmation Deposit-- All applicants accepting an offer of admission must sign and return the acceptance agreement along with a $300 confirmation deposit payable to Liberty University School of Law. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, but will be applied toward tuition or fees.
Transcripts-- After accepting the offer of admission, the applicant must have an official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions at the School of Law directly from each college or university attended. All transcripts submitted become the property of the School of Law. All offers of admission are conditional upon receipt of official transcripts prior to the start of fall classes. An applicant's CAS file is not sufficient to satisfy this requirement.
HONOR POLICY FOR ACCEPTANCE
Applicants are advised that the law school's decision to admit is contingent upon the accuracy of the information contained in the application files submitted by the applicant and/or persons on the applicant's behalf, including letters of recommendation. Discovery of false information subsequent to admission is, at the law school's discretion, grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal at any point in the student's course of study. Such dismissal shall result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.
Students who withdraw from Liberty University School of Law are not entitled, as a matter of right, to return. They must compete with other applicants for a place at the time they wish to return.
Students in good standing who are required to withdraw because of an involuntary military obligation are entitled to return, as a matter of right, provided they were in good standing at the time of withdrawal and they apply for readmission to the first semester beginning after completion of their military service.
Applicants who applied previously and wish to reapply for the upcoming academic year must submit a new application. An updated personal statement must be submitted. Applicants may use the same letters of recommendation and CAS report unless there has been an update to the CAS file since the law school last received it. The $50 application fee is also required.