Standardized Test Policy
Notre Dame Law School accepts both the LSAT and GRE for admissions and scholarship consideration. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for either exam. If an applicant has taken multiple tests, the admissions committee will review all scores but report the highest LSAT score to the ABA. A candidate is not considered more committed by taking both exams or disadvantaged by taking the same exam multiple times.
Whether applying with the LSAT, GRE, or both, applicants may apply to Notre Dame Law via either the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) application or the NDLS Application.
Both LSAC and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) consider their score reports to be valid for five admission cycles after the test in question. LSAC will automatically report all LSAT test scores since June 2014 to the Admissions Committee via a student’s CAS report. To maintain parity in the requirements between the LSAT and GRE results and to continue to study the validity of the GRE in connection to academic success at NDLS, applicants must also submit all GRE test results since July 2014. Applicants may not choose which results they will share, regardless of ScoreSelect option availability. A failure to comply with this policy may result in a withdrawal of an offer of admission.
If an applicant has concerns about sharing all test results from the last five years, the Admissions Committee encourages the student to attach an addendum to the application elaborating upon the circumstances in question. The Admissions Committee will review those scores within the context of the addendum.
Applicants who submit their materials and later register for the GRE must inform the Admissions Committee of their plans via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, the admissions committee is required to report each applicant’s highest LSAT score to the ABA.
Applicants admitted without an LSAT score who subsequently take the LSAT will be subject to admission and/or scholarship reconsideration. In the event admission is rescinded, any seat deposits paid will be refunded.
The Admissions Committee should receive the results of the January 2020 LSAT or a GRE taken by January 15, 2020 with sufficient time so as to be considered as part of an Early Decision application. The Admissions Committee should receive the results of the February 2020 LSAT or a GRE taken by February 29, 2020 with sufficient time so as to be considered as part of a Regular Decision application. The Admissions Committee may consider the results of the March and April 2020 LSATs or a GRE taken on or after March 1, 2020 for applicants who are offered a place on the waitlist.