Application Instructions

The original application deadline is March 15. Please contact the admissions office if you have questions.

Application Form

Fall 2015 Application (online form)

JD Program Eligibility

Law School and the practice of law are demanding and rigorous endeavors. Admission is extremely selective, and inevitably more qualified applicants apply than can be admitted in any given year. All information in an applicant’s file is considered in the admissions process; there is no cut-off for grades or LSAT scores.

To be eligible for admission, a person must:

  1. Receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Achieve a satisfactory grade point average; and
  3. Achieve a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);

JD Program Application Instructions

Your application is your primary contact with the Admissions Committee. Your responses will be considered by the committee in acting on your application. While admissions personnel are pleased to answer any questions an applicant may have, evaluative interviews are not part of the admissions process, except at the Admissions Committee’s request.

The Admissions Committee seeks to admit persons of both high ability and good character. It is imperative that you are completely candid and forthright in completing this application. If you are unsure about disclosing information regarding past legal transgressions, disclose them!

Your file is considered incomplete and cannot be evaluated until all of the information below is received by the Law School Admissions Office. You will receive e-mail notification from the admissions office when your file is complete and ready to be reviewed by the Committee.

  1. All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You may register for the test and service at the same time or separately. LSAT scores and CAS subscriptions are good for 5 years from the testing date. Upon submission of your Mizzou School of Law application for admission, we will request your CAS information (which includes your LSAT score(s), academic transcript(s) and letters of recommendation). The information will be sent to us directly by CAS (this process takes about two weeks). Please note: CAS will not forward us any of this information until ALL required documents and payments are submitted. It is the applicants responsibility to monitor the status of his or her account with CAS.
  2. Complete the Mizzou Law 2015 Application for Admission.
  3. The following items are REQUIRED:
    • A personal statement, approximately two pages in length. Suggested topics might include: your objectives for studying law, your greatest accomplishment, or a significant obstacle you have overcome. Somewhere in your statement briefly address why you are interested in MU. We do not recommend explaining any legal or educational issues associated with your application in your personal statement. If needed, please do so briefly in a separate addendum.
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from professors if you are currently in school or have recently graduated. There is no specific form for letters of recommendation. Letters can be submitted through CAS (recommended) or directly to the Mizzou School of Law Admissions Office.
    • A resume, recommended information includes: education, employment, activities, community service, etc.
  4. Any separate explanations as required on the application.

The School of Law encourages applicants to provide in writing for their file whatever they wish the committee to consider. You are free to update the information in your file at any time. Should the committee wish to talk with you, you will be contacted.

Deadlines

Mizzou Law admits one first year class in August of each year. Applicants can begin submitting applications after September 1st of each year. The Admissions Committee will begin meeting and reviewing files in October and application decisions are made on a rolling basis as long as the entering class has openings (class size is around 120). Early application, preferably in the fall of the year preceding enrollment, is recommended. The application deadline is March 15. Please contact the admissions office if you have questions.

There are earlier application deadlines for the Early Decision Program, Roberts Scholars and to be considered for scholarships. Please refer to the Application Timetable on the application for details.

MOST admissions decisions are made between December and March. For some applicants it is impossible to give a final decision until late spring. An applicant may be requested to furnish additional information (typically, an updated transcript including grades for fall semester).

*An application is complete when the Law School Admissions Office has received all items on the application checklist and all supporting documents from CAS. Once CAS has received and processed all of your documentation (transcript(s), LSAT score(s), and letters of recommendation). A file will be reviewed by the committee only when it is complete. (Applications received on or slightly before the application deadline will not fulfill the complete application requirement.)