The Georgia Law Juris Doctor degree program is a full-time day program. First-year students may begin classes only in the fall semester. *Applications for the Fall 2016 entering class will be available September 1, 2015 on lsac.org.*
All applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.org. A completed School of Law application and all required supporting materials must be received by the School of Law Office of Admissions by June 1, 2016, in order to be considered for admission to the 2016 entering class. For priority merit scholarship consideration, applications should be completed and received in the Office of Admissions by February 1, 2016. Applications received or completed after the deadline may be considered by the Admission Committee at its discretion.
Applicants need not possess a baccalaureate degree at the time the application for admission is submitted. However, in order to register for classes, proof that the degree has been conferred is required.
Application decisions are sent to applicants via regular U.S. mail; therefore, it is important that you provide us with any updates to the current mailing address submitted with your application. In addition, application decisions post immediately online. You can check your application status online. Decisions are made on a rolling basis as files become complete beginning in late fall and continuing through early summer.
Items to accompany the application form include:
Each applicant is required to provide a brief personal statement. Essays typically range from 500 - 1000 words.
Application and Processing Fee
All applicants are required to pay a $50 (U.S. funds) non-refundable application and processing fee. This fee must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.
Law School Admission Test
All applicants must have a reportable Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Applicants for the 2016 entering class must take the LSAT no later than the June 2016 test administration and are encouraged to register for an earlier administration. Test scores beginning with the June 2009 test administration are acceptable. Registration materials for the LSAT, which is given four times a year, may be obtained from pre-law advisors, college career services offices, law schools, at LSAC.org, or by contacting the Law School Admission Council at (215) 968-1001. The Admissions Committee will consider all LSAT scores but will rely primarily on the highest LSAT score if an applicant takes the LSAT more than once.
LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and have an LSAC Law School Report sent to the School of Law. Transcripts of all academic work, including undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, must be sent to CAS. All coursework taken before fall semester (quarter) 2015, must be forwarded to CAS for the report. The resulting Law School Report, which includes LSAT score(s) and copies of all transcripts, is sent to the School of Law if no problems exist with applicant's file at the CAS.
Foreign educated applicants must register with the CAS and submit their transcripts through the CAS. Except for foreign work through a study abroad, consortium or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, transcripts for all post-secondary work completed outside of the United States, its territories or Canada must be evaluated by this service. The service is included in the CAS registration fee.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's character, academic ability and potential for the study of law. If the applicant is a recent college graduate, it is highly recommended that at least one of the two letters be from a professor. Applicants must use the letter of recommendation service provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the Letter of Recommendation Form provided on LSAC.org.
Certificate of Finances
The University of Georgia School of Law requires a certificate of finances from students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa for their studies. This may include, but is not limited to those students who are not citizens of the United States or in the process of becoming legal permanent residents. If you will be requesting F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship, please submit a certificate of finances to the Director of Law Admissions at the address above by the application for admission deadline. The certificate is available online at: http://www.grad.uga.edu/forms&publications/cof/COFLLM13.pdf. Please note that in addition to submitting the form, students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa must also provide an original bank statement or affidavit in English signed by a bank or agency official. These documents should reflect that the student has funds available to cover tuition and other related costs for the academic year.
Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that in addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners at www.ncbex.org.
Applicants for admission to the 2015 entering class who did not enroll must pay the application fee and submit a new application and supporting materials in order to be considered for the 2016 entering class. Applicants for admission to to the 2016 entering class will not be able to use any previously submitted materials. Transcripts must be sent to the Law School Admissions Council and a new LSAC Law School Report must be provided.