In order to be considered for admissions, applicants must follow the procedures
J.D. Application Procedures, register with the Law School Admission Council
(LSAC), take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and demonstrate that they have
earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian college
or university, or the foreign equivalent whose program has been deemed comparable
to that of a four-year baccalaureate degree, prior to registering for the first
academic quarter at the School of Law.
Policy Statement Regarding J.D. Admissions
Adopted by the University of Washington School of Law Faculty, December 3, 1998
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- The primary goal of the admissions process is to enroll students who demonstrate
outstanding academic and professional promise and whose background and experience
will enhance the diversity of the student body, thereby enriching the Law School
- In measuring academic potential, the Law School relies primarily on the applicant's
undergraduate grade-point average and performance on the Law School Admission Test
(LSAT). The weighing of these two indicators is determined statistically by reference
to past experience at this School. For most applicant's, the ranking that results
is the most nearly accurate measure of relative academic potential. In cases where
numerical indicators do not appear to be an adequate measure of academic potential,
the admission decision will be affected by consideration of other factors. They
- the difficulty or ease of the undergraduate curriculum and the scholastic quality
of the school;
- the nature and attainment of an advanced degree;
- the applicant's post-college experience as it relates to the applicants academic
- any substantial changes in the applicants health or economic position as they would
affect academic performance;
- the quality and strength of recommendations which address the applicant's academic
- variations in the level of academic achievement over time;
- documentation of the applicant's performance on other standardized tests (e.g.,
the SAT test) which may indicate that the LSAT has under-predicted the applicants
academic potential, and
- any other indicators that may aid in the determination of academic potential.
- Important academic objectives are furthered by classes composed of students having
talents and skills derived from diverse backgrounds believed to be relevant to a
rich and effective study of law. An applicant will be regarded as potentially contributing
to student diversity if his or her background or experience would not ordinarily
be well represented in the student body. Factors that indicate this diversity include,
but are not limited to, the following: persevering against substantial obstacles
such as prejudice or discrimination, economic disadvantage, family or personal adversity
or other social hardships; having lived in a foreign country or spoken a language
other than English at home; career goals (with particular attention paid to the
applicant's commitment to public service); employment history; educational background
(including graduate study); evidence of and potential for leadership (perhaps demonstrated
by extracurricular, school, civic or community service achievement); special talents
(such as a career as a performance artist); geographic diversity or unique life
experiences. This list is not exhaustive and no single factor is dispositive. Furthermore,
no factor will confer admission on an academically unqualified applicant. Applicants
are invited to describe these and other aspects of their backgrounds that would
benefit the diversity of the law school community.
- Consideration is given to past evidence of a lack of scholarly integrity if it seems
there is a strong likelihood that the applicant could not be relied upon to maintain
the integrity necessary to the administration of the Law School (e.g., cheating
in examinations). Admission may be denied in such cases. No applicant is denied
admission on this basis without first being informed of the grounds for the possible
denial and being given the opportunity to respond.
Applications are accepted beginning October 1. The application
deadline for incoming first-year students is March 15 with two
exceptions. The deadline for the Early Decision Program is November 15.
The deadline for the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship, which includes both
the J.D application and the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship application is
January 15. These deadlines are non-negotiable.
Foreign applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree and are proficient in
English are eligible to apply. Applicants who completed all of their
undergraduate work at colleges outside of the US, its territories, or Canada
must use the CAS and submit their international transcripts to LSAC.
LSAT and CAS
All first-year applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later
than the February administration immediately prior to the application deadline.
Scores are accepted for tests administered within the last three (3) years. If an
applicant has two or more scores on the same score scale, the applicant's scores
will be averaged, however, the admissions committee will be able to evaluate each
Each applicant is also required to register for the Credential Assembly Service
Registration information for both the LSAT and CAS are available at LSAC.org.
Federal Financial Aid
All applicants interested in receiving federal financial aid must complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 28.
The University of Washington-Seattle federal code is #003798. Students who are
interested in applying to scholarships are strongly encouraged to complete a
FAFSA. For additional information, including eligibility, please visit
www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applicants may also
contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at
email@example.com or (206) 543-6101.
Prospective applicants may visit the school and meet with the admissions staff
to answer any questions they may have. A formal interview, however, is not part
of the admission process for incoming first-year students. We are happy to
discuss our policies and procedures with applicants or prospective applicants,
but these discussions do not affect the admission decision.
Withdrawal of Admission
The School of Law reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if the candidate
fails to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing for work in progress, if final
records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission,
or if the admission decision was based on incomplete or inaccurate information furnished
by the applicant.
Deferral of Admission
Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis for one year only (or two years
for students participating in the Peace Corps or Teach for America). Requests for
deferral must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions & Financial
Washington State Residency
The Registrar's Office administers Residence Classification for the University of
Washington. When requesting a change in residence status, applicants must obtain,
complete, and submit a Residence Questionnaire to the Residence Classification Office
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206)543-5932. To be
classified or reclassified as residents, for tuition and fee purposes, students
must establish a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington primarily for
purposes other than education for the period of one year immediately prior to
classification as residents. For additional information, please contact the
Residence Classification Office.
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are still
eligible for admission to the University of Washington School of Law; however, because
state bar associations often prohibit persons with criminal records from being admitted
to the bar regardless of their degrees or training, it may be impossible for such
individuals to practice in some states. Persons who have been arrested or convicted
for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the bar association in the
jurisdiction in which they intend to practice, before applying to law school.
Character and Moral Fitness
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar
in all states involves character, fitness, and other qualifications. Applicants
are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which
they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of
Equal Opportunity and Accommodation Statement