How to Apply
The goal of the College of Law admissions process is to enroll each fall a class of not more than 150 intellectually curious, academically accomplished students representing diverse life, work, educational and cultural experiences. Applicants for admission to the College of Law must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time they enroll. Assessment of candidates for admission is based on the applicant's undergraduate record, performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), letters of recommendation, and personal statement. The admissions committee evaluates many other factors, including but not limited to the nature of the applicant's educational experiences, grade trends, graduate study, significant or extracurricular activities, unique educational or occupational experiences, substantial community service, socioeconomic background, educational, and personal challenges.
- The Early Decision Program deadline is December 3. Applicants who have completed all application requirements by December 3rd will receive an admissions decision by Friday, December 21st. Our Early Decision Program is non-binding.
- The regular application deadline is February 15 of the year of expected enrollment.
- Review of applications begins in mid-November and continues on a rolling basis until the class is filled.
All applicants must submit the following items:
- A signed application for admission and domicile affidavit submitted with a non-refundable $65 application fee. Apply electronically through the LSAC Electronic Application Service.
- Personal Statement The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. It should not exceed four double-spaced pages in length.
- Two letters of recommendation All applicants must arrange for the submission of two letters of recommendation. The strongest letters are substantive and detail the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills. Although you are not restricted to two letters, your file will be considered complete when two letters have been received. The college participates in the letter of recommendation services offered by the LSAC as part of the CAS subscription. For more information on this service, please visit LSAC here.
- CAS Report The College of Law participates in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and requires its prospective students to register for this service through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Learn more about the LSDAS here.
- LSAT All candidates must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is offered four times per year. Information about the test can be obtained here. In order to meet the February 15 application deadline, candidates should take the LSAT no later than the December prior to enrollment. February LSAT scores will be accepted, though applicants taking the February LSAT will not be considered until those scores are available. LSAT scores earned prior to June 2008 will not be evaluated.
- Character and Fitness Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that bar admission in all states involves consideration of a bar applicant's character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice. A link to the websites of the various state bars can be found here: Bar Associations.
* Click here for information on the Privacy Act of 1974 as it pertains to disclosing your Social Security number on your application.
Transfers and Visitors
We welcome your interest in Arizona Law! Through the years, law students have transferred to or visited Arizona Law for a variety of reasons, including:
- A personalized legal education that results from our small class size
- Faculty-student ratio of 1 to 11
- Living and practicing law in the beautiful Southwest
- A great general legal education with special strengths in:
- International Law
- Business Law
- Environmental Law
- Indigenous Peoples Law
- Immigration Law
- Clinical opportunities
- Trial advocacy
- Significant writing opportunities
- A tremendous value
Students are eligible to transfer to Arizona Law after their first year of law studies. Transfer and visitor applicants must submit the following items by July 15 of the enrollment year:
- A completed application for transfer or visitor admission. Apply electronically through the LSAC Electronic Application Service;
- A Domicile Affidavit;
- A personal statement and resume;
- An official law school transcript, including grades and class rank received through the final semester of study;
- A letter from the dean of the law school the applicant is currently attending stating that the student is in good standing and eligible to continue studies at that institution. (Note that in the case of visitor applicants this letter must also grant permission for the student to enroll at the University of Arizona College of Law and must state any conditions upon the units the student's degree-granting law school has agreed to accept);
- A non-refundable $65.00 application processing fee (credit card payment through LSAC or checks or money order payable to the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law); and
- Two letters of recommendation from law faculty with whom the applicant has studied.
Transcripts for students transferring into the College of Law are evaluated by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Credit is awarded for courses previously taken at the law school of origin. However, the units awarded will not exceed the units a student would have received, had the units been taken at this College of Law. Additionally, any units previously taken will transfer in as Pass/Fail units. Students transferring in must complete a minimum of 37 graded units after completion of the first-year curriculum, and accumulate a total of 88 units in order to graduate.
Class rank for transfer students will be based on the rank achieved at this College of Law. Class ranks, as with class ranks for all second and third year classes, will be determined at the end of each semester.
Transfer students are eligible for Order of the Coif and may participate in Arizona Law's journals with special permission. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will provide more details on requirements and qualification.
International applicants seeking admission to the JD program must apply as first-year students, following the steps outlined above, including taking the LSAT. International applicants must submit transcripts for any postsecondary academic work completed outside the United States, its territories, and Canada through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (JD-CAS). Learn more about JD-CAS. Please note that if you completed foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript, that you do not need to submit materials through JD-CAS. Students who have received their undergraduate degrees from schools where English was not the language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL score to LSAC. Contact the Educational Testing Service and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC (institution code number 0058, department code 03).
International applicants seeking admission to the LL.M. International Trade Law Program should visit here and LLM Indigenous Peoples Law Program here. International applicants seeking admission to the JD with Advanced Standing program should visit here.
The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution. Click here to view our policy.