The Law School concentrates on providing an all-encompassing education to the next generation of legal minds. With that in mind, there are a few options for those interested in pursuing a career in law, which should be guided by the ultimate career path a prospective student wishes to follow. Apply Now.
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Students interested in applying for Notre Dame Law School’s first-year class may do so via two avenues – the LSAC Application or the Notre Dame Law School Application (NDLS App). Both applications will open on September 1, 2015.
The NDLS App has been designed so as to provide a fast and easy way for students to apply to the Law School. Please note that the Law School will waive the application fee of those students who apply via the NDLS App. While the NDLS App may be especially useful for applicants who have not yet begun the LSAC Application process, all applicants are welcome to use either application.
Please note that the Office of Admissions still requires that applicants who use the NDLS App also submit all required documents as outlined below. Our office will contact the applicant following the submission of the NDLS App to complete this process.
While the NDLS App comes with an automatic fee waiver, the Law School cannot waive any fees associated with services rendered by LSAC (ie, submitting CAS Reports, sitting for the LSAT, etc).
If students would prefer to apply to NDLS via the LSAC Application and if the application fee would present a burden, students may obtain a fee waiver by visiting the Application Fee Waiver web page. NDLS grants automatic fee waivers for those who have completed one or more years of service in the U.S. military, Alliance for Catholic Education, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, or a similar organization.
Required documents for both the LSAC and NDLS applications include the following:
- Application form
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university
- Letters of recommendation (two)
- LSAC CAS Report
- LSAT score
- Personal statement
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions the applicant has attended
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Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Notre Dame Law School welcomes applications from students who are in the process of completing their first year of law school at another institution. Students must apply via the LSAC application at this link.
The documents required for transfer applications are the same as those listed above for the 1L application.
LL.M. Program at Notre Dame
- The application period begins October 1 and applications must be received no later than June 1
- Applicants must complete the online application found on the Law School Admission Council’s website or download pdf application.
- All applicants must have a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100
- There is a $75 application fee
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LL.M. Program in London
European Union Citizenship
J.D., LL.B., or law degree from home country
- Application Form (due May 1)
- Application Fee ($75)
- Personal Statement
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- LL.M. Credential Assembly Service
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LL.M. in Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) uses the online Graduate School Application. Online applications and accompanying materials are due by January 15. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and transmitted to applicants as soon as they are available. Acceptances will normally be sent out by April 15. When a decision is ready, you will receive an email with instructions to log back into your online application to view the decision letter.
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J.S.D in Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) uses the online Graduate School Application. Online applications and accompanying materials are due by February 15. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and transmitted to applicants as soon as they are available. Acceptances will normally be sent out by April 15. When a decision is ready, you will receive an email with instructions to log back into your online application to view the decision letter.
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