JD Application Instructions
The admissions committee seeks candidates having high ability and good character, so it is important that you are completely candid and forthright in completing the application. This information is used not only for our admissions purposes but also for admission to the bar upon graduation. If you are unsure about disclosing information regarding past legal transgressions, you should still disclose them.
The following steps are REQUIRED:
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
- Complete the Mizzou Law 2024 Application for Admission and pay the application fee
- Submit a response to both essay prompts below. Each response should be approximately one page and no more than two pages. We do not recommend explaining any legal or educational issues associated with your application here. If needed, please address these issues in a separate optional attachment.
- Essay One Say more about your interest in the University of Missouri School of Law. What do you believe Mizzou has to offer to you and you to Mizzou? How do you think getting your law degree from Mizzou Law might affect your future career and life?
- Essay Two Describe how one or more aspects of your experiences have impacted your life and prepared you to be part of Mizzou Law, whether it be experiences of support, community, adversity, inequity, or other circumstances you wish to address. Be sure to describe something about you personally as an individual (such as how you were able to overcome a challenge or were motivated to reach a goal or assume a leadership role).
- Submit at least two letters of recommendation (up to four are permitted through CAS (preferred) or directly to the Mizzou Law Admissions Office. At least one letter of recommendation MUST come from a professor who can address your academic abilities, unless you completed your undergraduate work more than five (5) years prior to your application.
- Include your resume
Once your application is submitted online via the LSAC Law School Forum, we will request your CAS information (which includes your LSAT scores, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation) from LSAC.
If your LSAT and CAS are good, you can get started with the application process.
Attending law school and practicing law are demanding and rigorous endeavors. Admission to Mizzou Law is extremely selective, and more people apply than can be admitted in any given year. All information in your file will be considered during the admissions process. There is no cut-off for grades or LSAT scores.
To be eligible for admission, you must:
- Receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Achieve a satisfactory grade point average
- Earn a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
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Other Criteria Considered
Tell us more about you. Mizzou Law encourages you to provide any of the following applicable information, in writing, to aid the committee when evaluating your application:
- Military service
- Extracurricular activities
- Leadership positions and experience
- Public service activities
- Career objectives
- Personal interests
- State of residence and connection to Missouri or the University of Missouri
Your information, including your resume and academic performance, can be updated at any time during the admissions process. You will be contacted by the admissions office if the committee wishes to speak with you.
Do you still have questions about Mizzou’s application process? We have answers!Contact Admissions Admissions Policy Application Status
You may submit your application after September 1. Due to the competitiveness of the application cycle and significant increase in applicant volume, we recommend you apply as early as possible and strongly suggest submitting your application before January 15. We will continue to accepting application until the March 15 application deadline
The Admissions Committee will begin meeting and reviewing files in October and will admit students on a rolling basis until the class is full.
For scholarship consideration, your application file must be completed by January 15.
The Early Decision Program, Judge Ross T. Roberts Scholar Program (Honors Admission), and other programs may have earlier decision deadlines for both admissions and scholarship consideration. Refer here for specific deadlines.
We are here to help you with this process. Please contact us with application questions.
Learn about the requirements established by our admissions committee.
Check out our transfer application requirements for admission and other important information.
Find out how to become a visiting student and attend up to two semesters at Mizzou Law.
ABA Standard 504
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