Admissions criteria

What we look for in our applicants

UMass Law seeks students with varied backgrounds and experiences. We do not favor any particular pre-law course of study.

During the admissions process, we evaluate each applicant as an individual to assure that your abilities and potential are truly recognized. Since we believe that our future students are more than a set of numbers, we admit students based upon a thorough evaluation of all factors in your file. We give careful consideration to your:

  • professional experience
  • unusual achievements
  • special circumstances
  • honors
  • economic hardship
  • undergraduate degree
  • undergraduate school
  • graduate degree
  • graduate school
  • grade trends

Who we accept

Applicants selected for admission bring many attributes to UMass Law, such as:

  • good academic credentials
  • personal and professional experience
  • strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • strong writing skills
  • oral communication and listening abilities
  • general research skills
  • the desire to promote justice and serve others