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 late October. An applicant typically will be notified of the admissions decision within approximately two months of the time the application is deemed complete.


GW Law requires either the LSAT or GRE. GRE scores will be assessed in cases where an applicant has not taken and does not plan to take the LSAT. Either the LSAT or GRE score must be submitted by March 1. Information concerning the LSAT may be obtained from Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The test is administered at various centers in the United States. The latest that applicants for fall 2018 admission may take the LSAT is February. Information about the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). GW Law’s School Code for the GRE is 2473. We will accept the computer or paper test, so there are a variety of test centers and dates. Applicants who apply with a GRE score and subsequently take the LSAT must notify the Admissions Office.

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.


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.