All applications are completed online by going to LSAC.org. LSAC also collects the non-refundable application fee of $50. It is your responsibility to ensure that all admission materials are received.
Requirements for admission
To apply for admission to UMass Law, you must:
- Have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Scores more than 5 years old are not acceptable for admission consideration. UMass Law's LSAT code is 5195.
- Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Official transcripts of an applicant's undergraduate, graduate, and professional schoolwork must be submitted to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which will analyze the transcripts and provide copies to UMass Law as part of the CAS Report. Copies of transcripts contained in the CAS Report are used by UMass Law for preliminary determination of admission only.
Admitted applicants who plan to enroll must then arrange to have official transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional schoolwork sent directly to UMass Law's Admissions Office.
Letters of recommendation
You must submit two letters of recommendation:
- One should be from a faculty member who taught you either in college or in graduate school.
- If you are coming directly from college or from another graduate program, you may submit recommendations from two faculty members.
- If you have been employed, you should also submit a recommendation from someone (preferably an employer or supervisor) who has known you in the course of your employment.
Your letters of recommendation must be submitted through the LSAC service. This service is included in your CAS registration. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS report.
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
You are also required to submit a resume and a brief (2-3 pages) typed personal statement explaining your reasons for wishing to study law. This statement should also include any other information that you feel might assist the committee in its review of your application.
UMass Law uses a rolling admissions 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 LSAT score, as well as recommendations, work experience, and reasons for wishing to study law.
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