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The American Bar Association (Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (JD) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. For more information, contact the American Bar Association.

Applicants for admission as candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor at Fordham Law School must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the first-year class.

  2. Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) — administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) — within the past five years (in or after June 2017 but no later than March 2023). Every applicant must also register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

  3. Not have been dismissed from another law school regardless of the time elapsed since dismissal.

  4. Have graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association.

    Note: Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a foreign country will need to demonstrate that the degree earned is the equivalent of a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree. To do this, applicants must submit their academic transcripts to LSAC through CAS.

    If you completed any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

    This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report.


JD Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 4-104, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984