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). Note that the last accepted LSAT is January 2020 for the March 1 application deadline.
- Applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
We accept applications between September 1 and March 1 for enrollment in August. All applications must be completed by March 1 in order to be reviewed for admission.
- Law School Application: Applicants should use the LSAC Electronic Application to complete their application.
- Personal Statement/Resume/Optional Addenda: Submit a personal statement and resume with the application and, if you choose, optional addenda with additional information you wish to have considered in your application. Optional addenda topics often include:
- Why William & Mary Law School
- Diversity & Inclusion Statements
- LSAT/GPA Statements
- Letters of Recommendation or CAS Evaluations: At least two letters of recommendation are required, and up to four are accepted. It is required that at least one be from a faculty member. If the applicant graduated more than 3 years ago, dispensation to this requirement may be made. All letters of recommendation must be submitted to CAS.
- Credential Assembly Service Report: 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 January and have a reportable score on record with CAS. The CAS code for William & Mary is 5115.
- Law School Admission Test: There are many ways to prepare for standardized tests and advance preparation is important. LSAC has partnered with Khan Academy to provide an LSAT prep course at no cost to applicants.
- Virginia Application for 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 [[domicile, email]], mail, or fax.
Note: Applicants who are active duty military personnel or honorably discharged veterans are eligible for in-state tuition privileges once they have moved to Virginia. Upon moving here, applicants should submit the Virginia Application for In-State Tuition Privileges and their military orders showing permanent duty station (active duty) or their discharge papers (veterans) to the Domicile Office at [[domicile]].
Merit-Based Financial AidAll students are considered for merit-based scholarships automatically upon submission of your application; no additional information will be necessary during the application process.
Need-Based Financial Aid Application
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.
Note: A Dean's Certification is not required for first-year applicants.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.