Apply for the First-Year J.D. Program
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We understand that applying to law school can be a daunting task. Here is what you need to know:
Requirements for Admission:
- Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before enrolling at William & Mary Law.
- Applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) no later than February. William & Mary will accept reportable LSAT scores within the past five years.
- Applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
We accept applications between September 1 and March 1 for enrollment in August. We will process applications received after March 1, but your chance of receiving an offer of admission may be significantly decreased.
Steps for Applying:
(1) Complete the Application
Applicants should use the LSAC Electronic Application to complete their application.
(2) Submit the Application Fee
Submit a $50 (U.S. dollars) nonrefundable application fee by March 1 with a credit or debit card payment through LSAC. William & Mary waives the application fee for applicants who have honorably served or are currently serving in the United States military or has served or will serve a full term in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America. Please email email@example.com and designate which category applies to you to request a fee waiver.
(3) Submit a Personal Statement, Optional Essays, and Optional Addenda
Submit a personal statement with the application and, if you choose, an optional essay as identified in the application. Note the optional essays for applicants with a special interest in the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, Center for Legal and Courtroom Technology, Election Law Program, and Law Library Fellowships. Applicants may submit optional addenda with whatever additional information they wish to have considered in their application.
(4) Register for the LSAT/CAS
Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and arrange to have your undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent by February 1 to CAS from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants must take the LSAT no later than February and have a reportable score on record with CAS. The CAS code for William & Mary is 5115.
(5) Obtain Letters of Recommendation or CAS Evaluations
Obtain at least two letters of recommendation or evaluations (from at least two different individuals) and submit to CAS. Recommenders may send their letters directly to the Admission Office at
(6) Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid
Applicants for need-based scholarships and/or educational loans must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . The recommended deadline is February 15. The FAFSA Title IV code for William & Mary is 003705. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships awarded by the Law School based on the information submitted to complete the application for admission. No additional information is required.
(7) Apply for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges
Applicants claiming entitlement to in-state educational privileges must complete the Virginia Application for In-State Tuition Privileges, save, and add it as an attachment to the electronic application. If the admission application has already been electronically submitted, applicants applying for Virginia in-state tuition privileges must complete the form found on the University Registrar's website and return to the Registrar by mail or fax.
- Completed and signed electronic certification;
- $50 nonrefundable application fee paid by credit or debit card through LSAC;
- Personal statement and optional essays/optional addenda;
- LSAT score report sent by LSAC with transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;
- Two letters of recommendation or evaluations; and
- Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges if you claim Virginia domicile for tuition purposes.
Note: A Dean's Certification is not required for first-year applicants.