Individuals who will have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education by the time of their law school enrollment are eligible to apply for admission.
All applicants must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Scores more than five years old are not acceptable for admission consideration by University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth.
The law school's LSAT code number is 5195.
All applicants must also register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Official transcripts of an applicant's undergraduate, graduate, and professional schoolwork must be submitted to Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which will analyze the transcripts and provide copies to the law school as part of the CAS Report. Copies of transcripts contained in the CAS Report are used by the law school for preliminary determination of admission only.
Accepted applicants who plan to enroll must then arrange to have official transcripts from their undergraduate, graduate, and professional schoolwork sent directly to the Admissions Office at UMass School of Law.
For more information about the LSAT and the CAS, contact:
Law School Admissions Council
Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940
All applications are completed online by going to LSAC.org. LSAC also collects the non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
Letters of recommendation
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation:
- One must be from a faculty member who taught the student either in college or in graduate school
- Students coming directly from college or from another graduate program may submit recommendations from two faculty members
- Applicants who have been employed must also submit a recommendation from someone (preferably an employer or supervisor) who has known them in the course of their employment
The law school requires that your letters be submitted through the LSAC letter of recommendation service. This service is included in your CAS registration. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS report.
To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined at the LSAC website. LSAC allows you to submit school specific letters of recommendation. If your recommender submits a specific letter for UMass Law, make sure you note that when selecting which letters of recommendation you are including in your CAS Report.
Resume and personal statement
Applicants are also required to submit a resume and a brief (two-three page) typed personal statement explaining their reasons for wishing to study law. This statement should also explain any other information that you feel might assist the committee in its review of your application.
The law school uses a rolling admission schedule with applications considered when they are complete. It is the responsibility of the applicant, not the law school to ensure that all admission materials are received.
The law school uses a rolling admission process. When an application is completed, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and a decision is rendered within a few weeks. However, the committee may defer making decisions on completed applications until it has had the opportunity to review a substantial percentage of the applications for the coming year.
The Admissions Committee renders a decision on an application for admission after careful consideration of several factors. The Committee reviews the applicant's academic record in undergraduate and graduate school, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score, as well as recommendations, work experience, and reasons for wishing to study law.
Applicants who plan on matriculating are required to submit two non-refundable seat deposits to reserve a seat in the entering class. The deposits must be made by the date specified in the acceptance letter. Upon matriculation, the seat deposit will be credited toward the first semester's bill.
In addition to submitting the payment listed in the previous paragraph, accepted applicants who plan to enroll must provide the law school with official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic work. Submission of a transcript through the Law School Admissions Services as part of your CAS Report does not satisfy this requirement.
Official transcripts should be sent from the issuing institution directly to the Admissions Office. Individuals who are just completing an undergraduate program should have the transcript sent after the final grades and the award of the degree have been recorded to both the law school and LSAC. Matriculants will not be considered to have satisfied this condition of their admission until the law school has received the transcripts.