The Admissions Process
Applying to law school can be an intimidating process. Florida A&M University College of Law wants to make it as simple as possible for applicants to decide whether this is the law school for them. Factors like faculty quality, location, affordability, diversity, facilities, reputation, and commitment to public service are just a few of the important attributes that applicants consider when choosing a law school. We are confident that we rank among the best law school in the state in each of these categories. This page details application deadlines, requirements, and our unique evaluation process. Take your time, review the page, and we hope to see you soon.
HOW TO APPLY
The Florida A&M University College of Law offers a three-year Full-Time Day Program and a four-year Part-Time Evening program. Applicants to the law school have the option of applying to one or both programs at the time of application. Click here to start the application process.
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The application deadline is May 31, 2017 ( in 3 months, 6 days). We will accept results from the June 2016 LSAT for the fall 2016 Entering Class. Applicants who wish to apply to the Florida A&M University College of Law should do so online via the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at lsac.org. Personal statements and résumés should be uploaded directly into the applicant’s LSAC account. The application fee for online submissions is $33. Applicants may apply by submitting a paper application which is available only from the law school website. The application fee for paper applications is $50.
The following admission requirements apply to all applicants to the College of Law:
- All applicants must submit a completed Fall 2016 Application, along with the appropriate application fee. The application fee is waived for Florida A&M University current students and alumni. Additionally, the application fee is waived for applicants who have received current fee waivers from the Law School Admission Council.
- All applicants for admission must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to enrollment. Upon matriculation, one copy of an official transcript confirming the conferral of the bachelor’s degree must be submitted to the LSAC.
- All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and are responsible for making their own arrangements to take the LSAT. For admission purposes, the Florida A&M University College of Law will accept LSAT scores that are up to five years old.
- All applicants must register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) and are responsible for making their own arrangements for submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work to LSDAS for evaluation. Further information about the LSDAS service can be obtained by contacting the Law School Admissions Council at (215) 968 1001. Note that the LSDAS code for FAMU College of Law is 5832.
- All applicants are required to submit a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Rather than submit letters of recommendation with the application, applicants are encouraged to utilize the LSAC’s letter of recommendation service that is included in the LSDAS registration subscription.
- Application files will not reviewed until the file is complete. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis after all required materials have been received.
At the Florida A&M University College of Law, we value diversity and commitment to public service. Please prepare an essay (no more than three typed pages in length) that addresses the following questions:
- How have your life experiences and background shaped you into an individual who will enrich the Florida A&M University College of Law?
- How have your life experiences and background demonstrated a commitment to public service?
- Why do you want to pursue a legal education at Florida A&M University, and how do you envision using your legal education?
All applicants must submit a résumé that includes at least your last three positions of full-time employment, including summer employment. Resumes should be uploaded directly into the applicant’s LSAC account.
EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS
The Florida A&M University College of Law seeks diligent, hardworking students with a broad array of talents and experiences who demonstrate both an exceptional aptitude for the study of law and a strong history of, or commitment to public service. Since the law school’s re-establishment in 2002, admission to the College of Law has become increasingly competitive. Selection for admission is based on a thorough evaluation of all factors in an applicant’s file. In reviewing the applications of individuals applying for admission to the College of Law, the Admissions Committee considers a multitude of factors, including:
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (UGPA)
- Writing ability and attention to detail as evidenced by the LSAT writing sample and the personal statement
- The academic reputation of the applicant’s undergraduate and/or graduate institution
- The academic rigor of an applicant’s undergraduate and/or graduate major(s)
- Record of community or public service
- Academic honors and personal achievements
- Work experience
- Extra-curricular activities
- Letters of recommendation
- Evidence of an applicant’s motivation, character and fitness for the practice of law