Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications does LSU Law receive each year?

For the fall 2013 entering class, we received approximately 1100 applications.  The LSU Law Center’s fall 2013 incoming class had 178 students.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is March 1. Most students apply in early fall. We evaluate files on a rolling basis.  Applications received after March 1 will be evaluated on a space available basis.

Does LSU Law offer rolling admissions?

Yes, we offer rolling admissions. We begin mailing decisions 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 $50 and must accompany your application for admission. This fee is nonrefundable.

Does LSU Law offer application fee waivers?

Yes, LSU offers application fee waivers. You must request your fee waiver in writing. The Office of Admissions will notify you once the fee waiver is granted. You should also submit a resume’ or other supporting documentation when requesting a fee waiver.

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 2013 entering class is 156 and the median GPA is 3.45.

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 may 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 2016 class is $19,860; for nonresidents $38,118. For more information, see Tuition, Fees & Expenses.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are available to first-year and upperclass students. Approximately one-third of our law students receive some form of scholarship assistance. First-year students are automatically considered for scholarship support upon admission. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full-tuition scholarships.

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

The first year class breakdown for the fall 2013 incoming class is 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.  Members of the LSU Law community currently practice in 49 states, 2 U.S. Territories and 30 countries.  Graduates are well prepared to sit for any bar exam. 92% of graduates from the class of 2012 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 30 student-run organizations to choose from and invite all students to participate.

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