JD Admission Requirements

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 November. 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 Admissions Test may be obtained from the Admissions Office or the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The test is administered at various centers in the United States and abroad. U.S. testing dates for 2018-19 are June, July, September, November, January, and March. The latest that applicants for fall admission may take the LSAT is January. 

GRE for Joint Degree Candidates: GRE scores will be accepted in lieu of the LSAT for joint degree candidates who are pursuing a degree at another graduate program of George Washington University. The GRE will be assessed only when an applicant has not taken and does not plan to take the LSAT. Information about the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service. Joint degree applicants who apply with a GRE score and subsequently register for the LSAT must notify the Admissions Office immediately. Failure to do so will nullify the admission decision.

George Washington University undergraduates who, pursuant to ABA Standard 503, wish to apply without an LSAT score must make an in-person or phone appointment to briefly discuss the process with the Admissions Office prior to applying. Contact [email protected].  

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 history. The report also includes writing samples from the LSAT, copies of all transcripts, and letters of recommendation. An application for admission will be considered only after the CAS report has been received.

Personal Statement(s)

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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.