The Law School Admissions Committee employs a whole-person review philosophy to create a class from a large number of highly qualified applicants. We seek to enroll multi-dimensional students with a wide range of talents, backgrounds, experiences, accomplishments, and points of view. Academic ability, as reflected in the LSAT score and academic performance in college are important; however, the committee considers a broad array of elements in addition to these two quantitative measures. Those involved in the admission process are mindful of the School’s objective to produce lawyers who are competent, compassionate, and committed to serving their clients with integrity.
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university
LSAC Credential Assembly Service subscription
$75 Application fee
2 Letters of Recommendation (must use LSAC CAS)
Essay addressing your specific interest in Notre Dame Law School
Interviews and Visits
Interviews are not a formal part of the admissions process. Your application and supporting documents should provide the Admissions Committee with the kind of information you would provide in an interview. We do encourage candidates to visit the Law School. Although your visit does not include a formal interview, it will allow you to experience the Law School environment and meet with current students and admission counselors. If you are not able to visit, you may schedule a telephone conversation with an admissions counselor to answer any questions you may have.
Applications will be available through LSAC’s online application service beginning October 1. To help you prepare for the application process, you may review the application instructions. Applicants who are unable to fully access the LSAC electronic application service may submit their application form directly to the Law School. Please contact the Admissions Office to request an application.
Additional LSAT Information
LSAT scores are valid for 5 years.
The February LSAT is the last test considered in the application cycle.
All LSAT scores within a 5-year period are considered; however, the most recent score or the highest score may be given more focus.
Application review begins in late October and continues on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for admission and scholarship consideration. Decisions are made on individual applications as quickly as possible; however, the time required to a make a decision will vary among applications. A rolling admission process allows for extending the review process as appropriate ensuring that each application receives full and individualized attention in the context of careful comparison to other complete applications.
Reapplying for Admission
If you are interested in reapplying you must complete a new admission application via LSAC online application. We encourage all applicants to update their resume and personal statement. An additional letter of recommendation that refers to any current employment, service, or activities is welcome. You are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of $75.
Deferral of Enrollment
Applicants should apply for admission for the year in which they plan on enrolling in law school. In limited circumstances the Law School may grant a deferral of enrollment for one academic year. The Committee’s policy is to review such requests on a case-by-case basis. Admitted candidates who wish to defer enrollment should submit a written request outlining the reason(s) for the request to the Admissions Office.