Admission to DePaul University College of Law is very competitive. We consider numerous factors in evaluating each applicant, including undergraduate academic performance, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, advanced degrees, professional work experience, writing ability, potential for leadership, professional and academic recommendations and the applicant's special talents, qualities, interests and socioeconomic and cultural background. No single factor is dispositive.
Personal qualities that demonstrate intellectual depth, high ideals and diligence also are considered, as are economic, societal or educational obstacles that have been successfully overcome. Diversity in background and experience among the members of each entering class is a continuing objective. Having a diverse student body allows us to encourage and foster the exchange of different ideas. In addition, a candidate's prior relations with the DePaul University community and her or his potential for furthering DePaul's institutional goals are considered.
Each year, more than 5,000 candidates apply for 240 seats in the full-time day program and 60 seats in the part-time program. Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, early application is highly recommended, especially for those who desire merit scholarship and financial aid consideration. For first-year applicants with no previous law school credit, admission is granted only for the fall semester. First-year applicants should ensure that their application and all necessary documents are on file in the Office of Law Admission prior to the suggested application deadline of March 1.
Prospective applicants who have received their baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions or who have received degrees prior to July of the year for which admission is sought are eligible to apply. In no event will anyone who has yet to receive a baccalaureate degree be permitted to enroll in the College of Law. No specific fields of study are prescribed at the baccalaureate level.
DePaul University has a nondiscriminatory admission policy; it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Application for Admission Instructions
Letter of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation is required for all applicants, but additional letters are helpful. Letters from your college professors are particularly useful. Letters also may be written by employers or colleagues who are able to make critical and informed appraisals of your qualifications. Letters of recommendation can be submitted through either the Credential Assembly Service (LSDAS) or mailed directly to the Office of Law Admission.
A personal statement is required and must be enclosed with or electronically attached to your application for admission. It should not exceed two pages, and may provide the Admission Committee with information regarding such matters as intellectual interests and pursuits; personal, family or educational background; experiences and talents of special interest; reasons for applying to law school as they may relate to personal goals and professional expectations; or any other factors that will assist the Committee's evaluation of your candidacy for admission. You also may describe, either within the personal statement or as an addendum, how your admission would contribute to the diversity of the College of Law.
A current resume is strongly recommended. It should not exceed two pages. It should include a complete employment record and identify honors, scholarships and commendations received; membership in any scholastic, honorary and professional associations; as well as community, volunteer and extracurricular activities. If applying electronically, use an electronic attachment for your resume
Law School Admission Test / Credential Assembly Service
All applicants must take the LSAT. The LSAT must be taken within the prior four years. Older scores are not acceptable. In addition, all first-year and transfer applicants must register with Credential Assembly Service.
A $60 nonrefundable application processing fee is required and must be submitted with the application for admission. You may pay your application fee online or print the Certification Letter and send your payment to the Office of Law Admission with your Certification Letter.
Special Information for Transfer Applicants
DePaul University College of Law welcomes applications from students who will have completed, within the preceding two years, at least one year of study at another ABA-accredited law school. Transfer applicants may apply for admission to the day and evening programs for the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer session. Transfer applicants admitted to the College of Law may receive up to 30 hours credit toward the Juris Doctor degree. The determination of applicable credit is made upon admission.
Transfer applicants should have their application and all necessary application documents on file with the Office of Law Admission at least one month prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll. Transfer applicants are required to submit all materials required of all first-time applicants: application, application fee, letter of recommendation (from a law school faculty member), resume, personal statement and current Credential Assembly Service report. In addition, transfer applicants must submit directly to the Office of Law Admission: (1) a letter of good standing from all previously attended law schools; and (2) official transcripts from all previously attended law schools. Law school transcripts must provide grades for all courses attempted.
Special Information for International Applicants
Applicants who have earned degrees or received diplomas from foreign institutions must submit all materials required of first-time Juris Doctor applicants. In addition, applicants who have completed coursework or earned degrees from foreign institutions should submit their foreign transcripts through the Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the standard Credential Assembly Service fee. Foreign transcripts received will be sent to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) where the transcript will be authenticated and analyzed. The data will be assembled into a foreign credential evaluation document that contains AACRAO's summary, copies of the transcripts (and translations, as necessary) and a TOEFL score, if applicable.
Applicants who were educated in foreign countries, or at institutions where English is not the primary language, must also register for the TOEFL. You must advise Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your TOEFL score to LSAC (institution code number 00580).
LSAC will incorporate your foreign credential evaluation, TOEFL score and associated documents into the regular Credential Assembly Service report.
While the College of Law strongly encourages international applicants to submit their foreign transcripts to the Credential Assembly Service, we will also accept detailed evaluation reports from Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org), World Educational Services (www.wes.org) or from any other member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
International applicants who have graduated from foreign law schools may receive up to 30 credit hours toward the Juris Doctor degree. The determination of applicable credit is made upon completion of the first year of law school.
Optional Sections of Legal Analysis for First-Year, Full-Time Students
For first-year, full-time day students only, the College of Law offers special sections of Legal Analysis, Research & Communication with a focus on Child & Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law (including traditional Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Cultural Property/Art Law) and Public Interest Law.
Admission to these special sections is competitive. Students must apply for a seat in the Child & Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law or Public Interest Law section of Legal Analysis, Research & Communication at the same time they apply for JD admission. Interested students must indicate their interest by checking the appropriate box on the application for admission. You may only apply to one section. You also must enclose with or electronically attach to this application a statement of no more than one page indicating your reason(s) for your interest in either Child & Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, or Public Interest Law. Students will be informed of their acceptance into the desired section after they receive a letter of admission from the College of Law.
Qualified students in the Intellectual Property Law section of Legal Analysis, Research & Communication may also participate in the Intellectual Property Summer Job Program, in which intellectual property law faculty and staff assist students with career development and placement in a variety of firms and organizations.