GW Law employs a highly selective J.D. admissions process, given that historically the number of applicants has significantly exceeded the number of seats available in the entering class. Our review process is comprehensive; we seek to enroll students with high academic qualifications whose personal characteristics demonstrate potential contributions to the Law School community. Factors considered in the admissions process include undergraduate performance, school attended, and major; LSAT score(s); writing ability as demonstrated in the personal statement; extracurricular and professional experience as reflected in the resume; letters of recommendation; and any graduate work performed. There is no minimum GPA or LSAT score required. Consistent with the goal of providing an educationally stimulating and diverse environment, the Law School affirmatively seeks to enroll qualified members of all backgrounds.
Applicants must hold (or be in pursuit of) a bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution. Applicants must have taken the LSAT within the past five years.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in late October. An applicant typically will be notified of the admissions decision within approximately two months of the time the application is deemed complete.
Information concerning the Law School Admission Test may be obtained from the Law School's Admissions Office or from Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The test is administered at various centers in the United States. Testing dates are usually in October, December, February, and June. The latest that applicants for fall admission may take the LSAT is February.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All applicants for the J.D. program, including international applicants, must register with CAS. This service provides a report that standardizes all undergraduate grades and lists the applicant's LSAT score. The report also includes writing samples from the LSAT, copies of all transcripts, and letters of recommendation that have been submitted. An application for admission will be considered only after the CAS report has been received.
An applicant must submit a personal statement on any subject of importance that he or she feels will assist the Admissions Committee in its decision. It should be no more than two pages, double-spaced. Applicants may also submit an optional statement discussing characteristics and accomplishments they believe will contribute positively to the GW Law community and to the legal profession.
Early Decision or Presidential Merit Scholarship Agreement
Applicants who apply through either the binding Early Decision process or the Presidential Merit Scholarship Program must complete and submit a Binding Agreement along with their applications.
At least one letter of recommendation must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation/Evaluation Service.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.