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Application Requirements & Timelines

Admissions Policy

The Pettit College of Law seeks to admit students to become part of the entering class who are capable of undertaking the rigorous study of law. Students admitted to the College of law have demonstrated their potential to become competent, ethical, and professional legal practitioners and have a sincere interest in applying their skills and talents in traditional and emerging environments. The Office of Law Admissions recruits and admits students who come from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds, who are committed to the highest ethical standards as citizens and future lawyers. The College of Law shall not admit an applicant who does not appear capable of satisfactorily completing the program of legal education and being admitted to the bar. The College maintains sound admission policies and practices consistent with the Standards, its mission, and the objectives of its program of legal education.

The Pettit College of Law has a rolling admissions cycle, accepting applications from December 1st to August 1st. Applicants are admitted until the class is full, and the College does accept scores from the June LSAT. Students interested in admission are encouraged to apply early in the cycle to avail themselves of the greatest consideration for admission as well as scholarship and grant awards. The Office of Law Admissions conducts a holistic application review for each applicant. A student’s highest LSAT score, cumulative GPA, personal statement, resume, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are considered as part of the application review process.

The Pettit College of Law shall not admit or readmit a student who has been disqualified previously for academic reasons without an affirmative showing that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete its program of legal education and be admitted to the bar.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete or be currently working to finish your Bachelor's Degree.

  2. Register with LSAC and decide when you will take the LSAT (2018-19 LSAT Dates: Sept. 8, Nov. 17, Jan. 26, March 30, June 3). ONU Law accepts June 2019 scores for Fall 2019 applicants.

  3. Register with the Credential Assembly Services (CAS). The CAS will compile all LSAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation and send them to ONU Law as a complete report.

  4. Request letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or mentors who can speak to your academic achievement and overall readiness to attend a rigorous law school. Letters of Recommendation should be sent to LSAC.

  5. Prepare a personal statement; writing several drafts to ensure no spelling or grammatical errors. The personal statement can be uploaded directly to ONU Law’s online application.

  6. Polish your résumé and make sure all activities, work experience, and leadership roles are up to date. The résumé can be uploaded directly to ONU Law’s online application.

  7. Include a detailed explanation of any character and fitness issues. (If Applicable)

  8. Complete and submit ONU Law’s free online application.

  9. International Applicants and Transfer Applicants must provide additional documentation, which is listed here.

  10. Prior law school information: it is important to indicate on your application if you have ever attended any law school previously. (If Applicable)

Timeline for 2019-2020 Admission

September 4, 2018 - Free 2019-20 Application available online

December 1, 2018 - Office of Law Admissions begins review of applications. Admittance decisions sent on a rolling basis.

December 1, 2018 - Invitations for the Summer Starter Program sent on a rolling basis

April 6, 2019 - Accepted Students Day - RSVP Now

April 15, 2019- First Deposit Due

May 17, 2019- Deadline to interview for the Summer Starter Program

June 3, 2019- June LSAT administration (we accept June LSAT scores)

June 15, 2019- Second Deposit Due

August 1, 2019- Deadline to apply for Fall 2019 entry