Application Instructions

Mizzou Law’s application deadline is March 15.

Application Form

Fall 2016 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 during the admissions process and 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

An applicants primary contact with the admissions committee is through their application. All responses will be considered by the committee when evaluating an applicant. While admissions personnel are pleased to answer any questions an applicant may have, however evaluative interviews are not a 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 applicants are completely candid and forthright in completing the application. If and applicant is unsure about disclosing information regarding past legal transgressions they should disclose them.

An applicant’s file is considered incomplete and cannot be evaluated until all of the information below is received by the admissions office. An applicant will receive an e-mail notification from the admissions office when their file is complete and sent to the admissions committee. This is not an automatic process so please allow for up to seven days once an application has been submitted. Applicants are encouraged to check their spam and promotions folders for these email updates.

  • The following items are REQUIRED:
    1. All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). An applicant may register for the test and service at the same time or separately. LSAT scores and CAS subscriptions are good for five years from the testing date. Upon submission of an applicant’s Mizzou Law application for admission we will request their CAS information (which includes your LSAT score(s), academic transcript(s) and letters of recommendation) from LSAC. The information will be sent to us directly by CAS (this process can take up to two weeks). Please note that CAS will not forward us any of the application 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 2016 Application for Admission and pay the $60 application fee.
    3. A personal statement approximately two pages in length. Suggested topics include an applicants motivations for studying law, their greatest accomplishments, or a significant obstacle they have overcome. However, applicants can write about whatever topic they choose. Somewhere in the statement and applicant is asked to briefly address why they are interested in Mizzou Law. We do not recommend explaining any legal or educational issues associated with an applicant in their personal statement. If needed, those issues can be address in a separate addendum.
      • An applicant may submit any separate addendum as necessitated by the application.
    4. Two letters of recommendation (up to four are accepted), preferably from professors or individuals who can attest to an applicant’s academic abilities. There is no specific form required for letters of recommendation. Letters can be submitted through CAS (recommended) or directly to the Mizzou Law Admissions Office.
    5. A resume. Recommended information includes: education, employment, activities, community service, volunteer efforts, etcAn applicants resume can be as many pages as required to adequately express accomplishments, activities, etc.

Mizzou Law encourages applicants to provide in writing whatever they wish the committee to consider. An applicants file can be updated at any time including updates in resume and academic performance. Should the committee wish to speak directly to an applicant, they will be contacted by the admissions office.

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 for as long as the entering class has openings (class size is generally around 115). Early application, preferably in the fall of the year preceding enrollment, is strongly recommended. The application deadline is March 15. Please contact the admissions office with questions regarding these deadlines.

The Early Decision Program, Roberts Scholars and other programs may have earlier decision deadlines for both admissions and to be considered for scholarships. Please refer to the application information listed here for specific deadlines.

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

*An application is complete when the admissions office has received all items on the application checklist and all supporting documents from CAS. Once CAS has received and processed all of and applicants 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.)