Standardized Test Policy

Beginning with the 2018-19 application cycle, Notre Dame Law School accepts both the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) for admission. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for either exam. Similarly, 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, the GRE, or both, applicants may apply to Notre Dame Law via either the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) application or the NDLS Application.

Both the Law School Admissions Council (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 2013 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 2013. 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 bulletin@nd.edu.

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 In the event admission is rescinded, any seat deposits paid will be refunded.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Office of Admissions at lawadmit@nd.edu.