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).

We accept applications between September 1 and March 1 for enrollment in August. All applications must be complete by March 1 in order to be reviewed for admission. Applications submitted by December 31 will receive priority notification no later than the second Friday in February. 

Application Requirements:
  • Law School Application: Applicants should use the LSAC Electronic Application to complete their application.  
  • Application Fee of $85 (nonrefundable) 
  • Personal Statement: Submit a personal statement of no more than two pages, double spaced, 12 pt font.  The statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admission committee and should include why the J.D. degree is essential to your future. 
  • Resume: A resume of no more than two pages, single sided is required.
  • Optional Essays: In the case you feel a piece or pieces of your application requires additional context, please provide one or more of the following addenda:

    - Why William & Mary Law School
    - Diversity & Inclusion Statements
    - LSAT/GPA Statements
    Additional information and instructions on completing Optional Essays can be found on the William & Mary application at LSAC.

  • Letters of Recommendation or CAS Evaluations: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required, and up to three (3) are accepted. At least one must be from a faculty member, unless the applicant has been out of school for more than three years from the year in which they are applying to enroll (i.e. 2018 graduates and prior are exempt). If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the Admissions Office. 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: We will accept valid LSAT scores through the January 2021 exam. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 will 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 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.