J.D. Application Information


Application Instructions
To help you prepare for the application process, you may review the application instructions. Students who are unable to access the application either via LSAC or the Notre Dame Law School Application website may submit their application form directly to the Law School. Please contact the Admissions Office to request an application.

Both the LSAC and NDLS Applications will be available on September 1st.

- Application form
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university
- Personal statement (2 page limit)
- Resume
- Letters of Recommendation" (min. required – 2; max. allowed – 4)
- LSAC CAS Report
- Character and Fitness information
- TOEFL (for applicant for whom English is not their native language)

- Diversity Essay
- “Why Notre Dame Law School?” Essay
- Addenda
- Interview (at the option of NDLS Admissions Office)

Application Review
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late-October.

The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll a highly qualified and diverse class. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate candidates and considers an array of factors including, but not limited to, the following: academic achievement; undergraduate and graduate coursework; leadership skills; community involvement; overcoming adversity; work and life experiences; internships; and a specific interest in the study and practice of law. When completing your application, you are encouraged to consider how you may address the factors listed above. While it is not necessary to address each item in your application, the most competitive applicants highlight the factors they believe are the strongest while also addressing a specific interest in the study and practice of law.

Reapplying for Admission
Students who have previously applied to Notre Dame Law School and who have not since enrolled at another law school are welcome to complete a new application available on September 1. We request that these applicants update their resume and personal statements.

Deferral of Enrollment / Postponing Matriculation
Applicants should apply for admission for the year in which they plan to enroll in law school. The Law School may, in limited circumstances, allow students to postpone their matriculation for one year. The Admissions Committee will review such requests on a case-by-case basis after the applicant has been admitted.


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