School of Law
School of Law (JD)
|Application Fee||$55 non-refundable fee|
|Previous Degree||Must hold baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (degrees from institutions outside the U.S. are evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees)|
|Undergraduate Cumulative GPA||No Minimum|
|Law School Admission Test (LSAT)||Official LSAT scores required (no more than five years old)|
|International Requirements1||Transcript evaluations must be performed by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)|
|Other Requirements||• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum score of 100 Internet based; no more than 2 years old|
• A personal statement and resume
• Supporting addenda (including Character and Fitness Disclosure requirements)
• A complete CAS report:
◦ All post-secondary transcripts; evaluations as required
◦ A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (LOR), no more than 3 letters; an applicant may submit an LSAC evaluation in lieu of the 1 additional LOR to achieve a total of 3 LORs/evaluations
The law school enrolls first-year students in the fall of each academic year. Applicants to the law school are not required to complete any specific pre-law curriculum or coursework. Applicants are encouraged to choose a course of study that emphasizes writing, analytical thinking, problem solving and critical reading.
The law school requires that an applicant for admission receive a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment. An applicant’s prior academic record and performance on the LSAT are important criteria in evaluating his or her aptitude for legal study as well as potential for success on the bar examination and in other professional endeavors. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at http://law.tamu.edu/prospective/admissions for the most updated information concerning law school admission.
Please submit the following as part of your entering JD application:
- Completed and signed electronic application form (available at LSAC.org)
- $55 non-refundable application fee
- Personal statement not to exceed two double-spaced pages
Once your electronic application form has been submitted online, the Office of Admissions will automatically request an official copy of your CAS/LSAT report from LSAC. The following items must be a part of your report before it will be released to Texas A&M Law:
- A reportable LSAT score
- All post-secondary transcripts
- At least two letters of recommendation (LORs). No more than 3 LORs can be included in a CAS report for Texas A&M Law. An applicant may submit an LSAC evaluation in lieu of the additional LOR to achieve a total of 3 LORs/evaluations
Texas A&M University School of Law accepts applications on a rolling basis. For applicants whose application files are complete by our priority deadline, February 1st, the Admissions Committee will make every effort to provide decision and tuition waiver information before the first traditional law school seat deposit deadline, April 1st.
We have a recommended application deadline of March 31st and a final deadline of July 8th. However, Texas A&M University School of Law can make no guarantees that seats and financial assistance will still be available at the latter point of the cycle. To maximize your chances of admission and consideration for tuition waivers, we encourage you to apply by our priority or recommended deadline. The Admissions Committee will give careful consideration to applications until the entering class is full.
In addition to considering traditional academic achievements and aptitude, the admissions committee will take into consideration evidence of achievement in various undertakings such as graduate study, employment, extracurricular activities and community service.
Texas A&M School of Law values diversity of persons and diversity of views and will consider factors such as ethnic heritage, socioeconomic background, status as a first generation college graduate, geographic residency, multilingualism, exposure to diverse cultural experiences, and any other consideration deemed necessary to accomplish its stated mission in the evaluation process.
Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, Texas A&M School of Law reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, appears to be unfit in character to engage in the study or practice of law.
Upon notice of acceptance, applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable deposit to reserve a seat in the upcoming class. Deposits are credited toward tuition charges. In compliance with the statement of good admissions practices by the Law School Admission Council, no deposit is required before April 1. Admitted students will be notified of specific seat deposit deadlines. Failure to submit these deposits in a timely manner will result in revocation of the admission offer.
Applicants who have received some or all of their post-secondary education in a foreign country must complete the standard application and submit all foreign transcripts through LSAC CAS. TOEFL reports demonstrating proficiency in English must also be submitted directly to LSAC. More information on the application process may be found on our website.
Students who have satisfactorily completed a substantial portion of the traditional first year curriculum at an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school may apply for admission as advanced students. Information about admission and the transferring of credits from another ABA approved law school is available on the law school website.
Students in good standing at another law school may apply for admission as a visiting student. Students may visit for any semester or an entire academic year. The application procedures for visiting students may be found on the law school website.