Selection Criteria

Full-time J.D. Program and Part-time, Evening J.D. Program

Fordham Law School's Admissions Committee—composed of full-time faculty members, assistant deans, and the Director of Admissions—evaluates each completed application received. (Last year it evaluated almost 5,000 applications.) The full-time day and part-time evening entering class in fall 2014 (as of August 21, 2014) had the following LSAT and GPA distribution:  

 LSAT/GPA  Full-time Day  Part-time Evening
 75th Percentile LSAT  165  163
 Median LSAT  163  161
 25th Percentile LSAT  161  157
 75th Percentile GPA  3.67  3.70
 Median GPA  3.54  3.51
 25th Percentile GPA  3.35  3.35

In evaluating the academic record, attention is paid to the grade trend over the course of study, course selection, grades in the major, choice of major, school attended, and the time frame within which the degree was earned. Academic work completed at the graduate and professional school level is also carefully considered. While the best available evidence suggests that the LSAT score and GPA should be accorded significant weight in evaluating most applicants, the Admissions Committee believes that securing the most diverse, interesting, and able entering class involves the consideration of qualitative factors—including prior employment, student activities, service to the community, leadership ability, propensity for public service, and communication skills—which also suggest an applicant's potential to make extraordinary contributions to the success of the entering class specifically and to the legal profession.

Applicants who have been educationally, socially, and economically disadvantaged are afforded a particularly careful review, as are applicants who have had to overcome significant obstacles in their lives.

Finally, efforts are made to ensure that the entire selection process is fair and the Admissions Committee goes to great lengths to ensure that all applicants are accorded equal treatment, respect, and consideration.

Two-Year J.D. Program for International Students

Admission to this program is limited to 15 eligible students per year.

Applications that are incomplete or that do not meet the qualifications for consideration will be rejected.

The admissions committee will holistically evaluate qualified applicants. Attention is paid to the academic record, standardized tests, and professional experience, as well as letters of recommendation and strength of the personal statement. Applicants may be required to interview with a full-time faculty member before a final decision is made.

Admissions decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis approximately four weeks after the application package is complete.


J.D. Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984

Email: lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu