J.D. application requirements

Your step-by-step guide

Applications are reviewed in the order they're received, on a rolling basis, so it's advantageous to apply sooner rather than later. 

If you are applying for admission to Fordham Law’s J.D. program for fall 2024, mark these three important dates on your calendar:

September 15, 2023 — The date the application becomes available.

March 15, 2024 — The date your application must be received and deemed complete by Fordham Law. The last LSAT we're accepting for fall 2024 applications is February 2024. However, we encourage applicants to aim for an earlier test date so they can apply sooner rather than later. We strongly suggest that applicants take the LSAT prior to the November test administration so that all application deadline requirements are met.

March 15, 2024, 11:59 PMTT — The deadline for submitting your application.

Notification timeline — Generally, applications are processed within two weeks. Applicants can expect decisions approximately 8 - 10 business weeks after completing their applications. Applicants can view this date with the online status checker.

 

Components of your application

1. Application for admission

We strongly recommend that all applicants apply electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Flexible Application, which is accessible to the visually impaired. However, if you need a paper application, contact us, and we will send you a downloadable one. Remember that paper applications will take longer to process and require payment via check or money order. 

 

2. Credential Assembly Service Report

Transcripts from each college or university you have attended should be forwarded to LSAC, which will prepare and transmit a Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report to Fordham Law School. In addition, applicants who have received academic credit for coursework taken abroad must request that the issuing institution send their international academic records directly to LSAC. To register for the CAS service, visit LSAC

 

3. Two letters of recommendation

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.

 

4. Personal statement

Fordham Law School welcomes and celebrates the equal dignity of students of all backgrounds. In evaluating admissions applications, we want to learn who you are as an individual to hear your personal story. We value the diversity of a vibrant law school community in the center of the most diverse city in the world, and we celebrate the many ways that individual students can bring wisdom and passion to the law school and those they will serve in their legal careers. Both the required personal essay and the optional personal essay allow you to complete your application by communicating, effectively and concisely, other aspects of yourself beyond your undergraduate grades and test scores.
 
Please limit each essay to two double-spaced pages using 11 or 12-point font.

REQUIRED PERSONAL ESSAY

While the topic of this required essay is up to you, the most successful personal statements are those that develop a sense of the applicant and their values, aspirations, and concerns. As Fordham Law School's motto is "In the Service of Others," we are also interested in hearing about contributions you would like to make to our student body, the legal profession, and, ultimately, the larger society.

OPTIONAL PERSONAL ESSAY

Educating lawyers to represent clients whose problems and perspectives grow out of a wide range of life circumstances is fundamental to Fordham Law School's mission. For this optional personal essay, please discuss how your life experiences or aspects of your personal identity have motivated or inspired you, posed challenges, helped you build skills, and/or taught you valuable lessons. We are eager to learn how these experiences or aspects of your identity have helped shape who you are and prepared you for the study and practice of law to help others who need your expertise to solve hard problems.

 

5. Standardized test scores 

We accept both the LSAT and GRE.

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 2024. If you are registered for a future LSAT (up to February 2024), we will hold your application until we receive the new score. If you do not want us to keep your application for a future LSAT score, please email [email protected], and we will release the hold.

GRE scores can be submitted directly through ETS. Fordham Law’s GRE Code is 3329.

Please note that if you have any reportable LSAT scores on your file, we will use that score in evaluating your application, even if you submit a GRE score.

 

6. Resume

Submit a resume along with your application. Your resume should highlight your professional and academic achievements, volunteer experiences, and extracurricular involvement. While one page is preferred, you may submit a longer resume. Please use discretion when determining your resume length.

 

7. Application addendum (optional)

You're also welcome to submit any optional statements and/or appendices. If you choose to submit an optional statement, it should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

 

Application eligibility

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 2019 but no later than February 2024). Same time frame applies for individuals taking the GRE. 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 the dismissal.
  4. Have graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association.

*Please 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 US four-year baccalaureate degree.  Applicants must submit their academic transcripts to LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  This service is included in the CAS registration fee.  An International Credential Evaluation will be incorporated into your LSAC Law School Report.