Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications does LSU Law receive each year?

For the fall 2015 entering class, the Law Center received approximately 800 applications.  The LSU Law Center enrolled 172 students in the fall 2015 incoming class.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the fall 2016 incoming class is June 1, 2015.  The application fee is waived for students that submit an application on or before March 1, 2016.

Does LSU Law offer rolling admissions?

Yes, we offer rolling admissions.  We begin sending decision notifications in late fall.

What is the deferral policy?

Deferrals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  To request a deferral, please send a letter of request to the Director of Admissions as soon as you know you will have a need to defer.

What is the application fee?

The application fee is waived for students submitting applications on or before March 1, 2016.  After March 1, the application fee is $50 and must accompany your application for admission. This fee is nonrefundable.

Does LSU Law offer application fee waivers?

The application fee is waived for all applicants submitting an application on or before March 1, 2016.  We are unable to waive application fees after March 1.

How do I apply for admission?

To apply for admission visit www.lsac.org.

What is the median LSAT/GPA?

The median LSAT of the fall 2015 entering class is 155 and the median GPA is 3.48.

How are the LSAT and GPA weighted in the application process?

The Admissions Committee weighs the LSAT and GPA equally; however, there are other factors considered. Your grades and grade trends are important. The courses you selected during your undergraduate education are also important, and we pay close attention to your leadership abilities, time management skills, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. We also consider your work and life experiences and any obstacles you have overcome.

What should I write about in my personal statement? Is there a required length?

Your personal statement should not exceed three pages. It is your time to share with the committee any experiences you have had in your life that may have shaped the way you think. You may share information about your path to law school or you may write about what you can contribute to the community of the Law Center. You may also discuss your differences and how your presence will add diversity of culture, experiences, and/or thinking to our student body. Graduate work, research opportunities or international experiences are all invited topics of discussion.

Does LSU have an early decision process?

No, we do not offer an early decision process. We have rolling admissions. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of receiving an early decision.

How long is my LSAT score valid?

Your LSAT score is valid for five years.

Does LSU Law offer a part-time or evening program?

No, we do not offer a part-time or evening program.

Can I request an interview?

The admissions officers will be happy to meet with you to discuss LSU Law. We do not have personal, evaluative interviews unless specifically requested by the admissions committee.  Any information you would like to share with the committee should be included in your application for admission or in a separate addendum.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

We encourage you to visit the campus, sit in a class, and have a tour. You may contact the Office of Admissions at 225/578-8646 or via email at admissions@law.lsu.edu for more information.

How much will an education at LSU Law cost per year?

The resident tuition and fees for the fall 2015 entering class is $21,948; for nonresidents $41,298. For more information, see Tuition, Fees & Expenses.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are available to first-year and upper-class students.  First-year students are automatically considered for scholarships upon admission.  More than 90% of our fall 2015 incoming class received merit-based aid, with scholarships ranging from $3,500 to full tuition.

What is the percentage of residents vs. non-residents enrolled in the first-year class?

The fall 2015 incoming class included 76% residents, and 24% non-residents.

Once admitted, how do I secure a space?

Once admitted, you are required to pay two seat deposits. Your seat deposits are due in two payments. The seat deposits and deadlines are outlined in your acceptance packets. These deposits are credited toward your tuition and are nonrefundable.

With a degree from LSU Law, do I have to practice in Louisiana?

No. Your LSU Law degree will allow you to practice in any state.  LSU Law alumni currently practice in 47 states, 2 U.S. Territories and more than 30 foreign countries.  Graduates are well prepared to sit for any bar exam. 94% of graduates from the class of 2014 were employed within nine months of graduation.

What types of jobs are available to students who are not from Louisiana who want to practice in another state?

LSU Law alumni work in all areas of the legal profession. For placement statistics, please visit our Career Services website at www.law.lsu.edu/careerservices.

Am I able to pursue dual degree opportunities at LSU?

Yes. In addition to earning a law degree, LSU Law students may earn a J.D./M.M.C. (Masters in Mass Communication), a J.D./M.B.A. (Masters of Business Administration), J.D./M.S.F. (Master of Science in Finance) or J.D./M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration). You must apply to each program separately.  Learn more about the Dual Degree Programs.

Are students allowed to study abroad while pursuing their law degrees?

Students at the LSU Law Center may spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe or South America, to include France, England and Argentina.  For more information on study abroad opportunities and a full list of partner institutions, please visit Semester Abroad.

Are there co-curricular activities for students?

Yes. The Law Center has more than 25 student-run organizations to choose from and invite all students to participate.

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