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J.D. Application Requirements

Academic Background

The Law School does not require applicants to have specialized in any particular academic majors or subject areas closely related to law during their undergraduate education. However, potential law students should choose courses that will enhance their abilities in the areas of critical thinking, oral and written expression, and logical and analytical reasoning. Applicants considering law school are encouraged to enroll in a broad range of courses that will help develop these skills.

Bachelor’s Degree

An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from or have completed at least three years of study at an accredited college or university and expect to have completed the degree before enrollment. An offer of enrollment may be extended before the bachelor’s degree has been awarded, but the offer is conditioned upon the applicant’s receipt of the degree before the commencement of first-year orientation.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

An applicant must take the LSAT. Applicants who score below the first-year median may prepare again and retake the LSAT to score at or above the median. Many applicants prepare for the LSAT by enrolling in a preparation course. An applicant must advise the Admissions Office that he or she intends to retake the LSAT. The test normally must be no more than four years old at the time the applicant would begin his or her first year. Applicants may register online at www.lsac.org. Information on the LSAT may be obtained from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at Box 40, Newtown, PA 18940-0040 or (215) 968-1001.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Applicants must subscribe to the CAS. The CAS, administered by the LSAC, is a central collection agency for undergraduate and graduate transcripts and LSAT scores. The CAS analyzes undergraduate work and reports LSAT scores. After an application is received at the Law School, the Admissions Office requests the applicant’s CAS report. LSAC sends the CAS report, which includes the LSAT scores for the last five years, copies of transcripts, a summary of all undergraduate grades, and letters of recommendation, directly to the Admissions Office. At least one letter of recommendation is required and should be sent to the CAS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that official transcripts from each college or university attended are sent directly to the CAS. Graduate school transcripts also should be sent to the CAS. Prospective students should allow approximately six to eight weeks between the request for transcripts and the actual receipt of transcripts by the CAS. Applicants may register for the CAS online at www.lsac.org.

Letter of Recommendation and/or LSAC Evaluation

Applicants to Alabama Law are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation or evaluation through LSAC’s Evaluation service.  The recommendation(s) should be sent from the recommender to LSAC as part of an applicant’s CAS report.

Resume

Please submit a résumé that includes at least your last three positions of full-time employment, including summer employment.  Please attach your resume to the application.

Completed Application

Applications to Alabama’s Law School may be requested by contacting the Admissions Office at Box 870382, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0382; (205) 348-5440; or admissions@law.ua.edu or may be completed online at www.lsac.org.  The application includes one essay. The admissions committee will review the writing sample for content and form. A resume should be included with the application. Applicants also must submit to the University of Alabama School of Law a nonrefundable application fee of $40.00. It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the Law School and to notify the Law School of any changes occurring after an application is submitted.

Deferred Admission

An applicant who has been admitted and has extraordinary intervening circumstances may request deferred admission for one year by writing the Office of Admissions. The letter should specify why deferred admission is requested. Deferment is determined on an individual basis and only is considered for applicants with credentials that would qualify them for admission the next year.

International Students

Persons from outside the United States may apply as candidates for the J.D. program. Applicants should follow the usual application procedures for J.D. candidates and register for the LSDAS JD Credential Assembly Service (JD CAS). Information about the LSAT and foreign centers for administration and the JD CAS may be obtained from the LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or www.lsac.org. J.D. Applicants whose primary language is not English also must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old at the time the applicant would enroll in the program. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the JD CAS using the Code 0058. International applicants also must complete the necessary financial documents which are available on this website.

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