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Application Procedure and Requirements

  • Create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Applying online through LSAC is strongly preferred. If you need a paper application, please email [email protected] and we can send you a PDF to download. If you submit a paper application, the processing time will be longer. The application fee is $75. If you’re applying electronically through LSAC, you will need to pay with a major credit card. If you submit a paper application, please also send a check or money order (details available on the downloadable paper application). Fall 2023 applications will be accepted between September 15, 2022 and March 15, 2023. 
  • Request transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended. Transcripts must be sent to LSAC directly. This also applies to international transcripts, college-level courses taken in high school, institutions you transferred out of, summer classes taken at a community college, etc. A U.S. bachelor's degree(or degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's for international institutions) is required. You can apply with an in-progress transcript, but the bachelor's degree must be awarded before the start term you're applying for.
  • Submit at least one LSAT score. LSAT scores are transmitted through LSAC’s CAS service. If you apply without an LSAT score, we will hold your application until we receive one. The last LSAT we're accepting for Fall 2023 applications is February 2023. If you are registered for a future LSAT (up to February 2023), we will automatically hold your application until we receive the new score. If you do not want us to hold your application for a future LSAT score, please email [email protected] and we can release the hold as long as you have another LSAT score on file. Fordham accepts the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. The Fordham GRE code is 3329. You must fill out the "GRE only" application on the website. Please note that, if you take the LSAT, we will use that score when evaluating your application even if you submit a GRE score. We do not accept GRE scores more than five years old.
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation through LSAC’s CAS service. Letters from current or former professors are preferred. If you graduated five or more years ago, professional letters are acceptable. While we require two letters, you can submit up to four.
  • Submit a personal statement along with your application. This should demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and concisely. While the topic is up to you, experience shows the most successful personal statements are the ones that develop a sense of the person and their values, aspirations, and concerns. A discussion of the unique contributions you would likely make to the student body, the legal profession, and ultimately the larger society would also be well received. Personal statements should not exceed two double-spaced pages. We cannot consider additional materials, such as video/audiotapes, term papers, theses, dissertations, articles, memoranda of law, legal briefs, etc.
  • Submit a resume along with your application. Your resume should highlight your professional and academic achievements, in addition to volunteer experiences and extracurricular involvement. While one page is preferred, you may submit a resume that is longer. Please use discretion when determining your resume length.
  • You're also welcome to submit an optional statement and/or addenda. If you choose to submit an optional statement, it should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

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Tel: 212-636-6810

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Email: [email protected]