Apply as a First Year JD

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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:
  1. Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before enrolling at William & Mary Law.
  2. Applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). 
  3. Applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Applications for fall enrollment open October 1. For best admission and scholarship opportunities, submit a completed application by March 1. All applications must be complete by March 1 in order to be reviewed for admission.

Application Checklist:
  1. Law School Application: Applicants should use the LSAC Electronic Application to complete their application.  
  2. Application Fee of $85 (nonrefundable) 
  3. Required Essays: 2 pages maximum, double spaced, 12 point font required
    • Personal Statement: Your personal statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admission committee and should include why the J.D. degree is essential to your future. We recommend addressing any character and fitness or educational issues within the optional addenda below.  
    • Why W&M Law Statement: We ask you provide a statement as to why you have selected to apply to William & Mary Law School, how your background, goals, and experiences will benefit our community, and how the Law School can support your pursuit of a legal career.  
  4. Resume: A resume of no more than two pages, single sided is required.
  5. Optional Essays: While optional, the below essays can be beneficial in the evaluation of merit-based scholarship aid.  
    • Diversity & Inclusion Statements: We encourage applicants to provide information that may be beneficial in the evaluation process related to personal upbringing, experiences, and/or motivations for pursuing law school as an individual with a disability, from an underrepresented group in the legal profession, a first-generation student, and/or a socioeconomically disadvantaged background. 
    • LSAT, GPA, and/or Character & Fitness Addenda: Context around an LSAT score, grade point average, or a more detailed explanation of a "yes" answer to the Character & Fitness section is accepted. We ask that you devote an individual page to each within your application where necessary. 
  6. Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required.  At least one faculty recommendation is expected. If you have questions about this expectation, please contact the Admissions Office. All letters of recommendation must be submitted to CAS. 

  7. 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.
  8. Law School Admission Test: We accept all valid LSAT scores from the last five years. The January 2023 exam is the last LSAT accepted as a first-time test taker; subsequent exams may be submitted as supplemental material in support of your application. 
  9. For International Applicants: Where English is not your native language, and if your schooling has been in a language other than English, the TOEFL or IELTS is required. Any student who has spoken a language other than English in the home should strongly consider submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores as they give the Admission Committee additional insight into language proficiency and preparedness for law school. Test scores are valid for two years.
  10. 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 Aid
All students are considered for merit-based scholarships automatically upon submission of your application; no additional information will be necessary during the application process. Separate scholarship applications may be made available for certain awards during the application cycle. 
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 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.

The successful completion of the J.D. will meet the educational requirements for a licensure in all 50 states and U.S. territories. 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.