J.D. Application Process

When you apply to Dayton Law, our admissions committee not only considers your LSAT and GPA performance, but also, life experience, extracurricular activities, leadership, ability to overcome hardships, motivation and a breadth and depth of skills and interests. We believe a well-rounded and diverse entering class will contribute to an exciting, educational and dynamic law school experience.

Sept. 1

Our online application opens for summer-start applicants and fall-start applicants.

Nov. 1 to April 1

Most admissions decisions are made during this time. Since the University of Dayton School of Law follows a rolling admissions process, our Admissions Committee usually notifies an applicant of our decision within two to six weeks of application completion. In some cases, our decisions may be made after April 1.

April 15: Preferred Application Deadline for Summer-Start 

We will consider applications submitted after the deadline, but chances of acceptance may decrease.

May 1: Preferred Application Deadline for Fall-Start

We will consider applications submitted after the deadline, but chances of acceptance may decrease.

About Our Application Requirements

University of Dayton School of Law Application

You must submit a standard online application for the summer semester or the fall semester, including your biographical, educational and employment background.
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CAS Registration

LSDAS Credit Assembly Service is the clearinghouse for your LSAT score(s), transcripts and evaluations. You may also apply to any ABA-accredited law school through this site.
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LSAT Score

Your LSAT score, along with your cumulative undergraduate grade-point average, are among the primary considerations for admission to the University of Dayton School of Law. The LSAT is designed to test reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logic. However, all portions of your application are considered by the Admissions Committee.

For summer or fall admission, we recommend you take the June, September or December test in the calendar year preceding your planned entry. Applications with a February test score (of the planned entry year) will be late in the admissions process and may not receive full consideration, especially for the summer-start class. We will not consider LSAT test scores more than four years older than your application date.
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Undergraduate Transcript(s)

Your undergraduate major can be from any discipline, but the acquisition of strong skills in reading comprehension, writing and analysis is encouraged. Your undergraduate GPA gives the Admissions Committee an indicator of academic performance. Our Admissions Committee reviews transcripts in detail, looking for grade trends; type, depth, and rigor of courses completed; and, time spent obtaining an undergraduate degree. If you have extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance, include an addendum to your personal statement. Your degree may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the start of law school.
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Letters of Recommendation

The School of Law requires at least two professional letters of recommendation from people who can substantively comment on your academic or employment record. We recommend academic references, if possible. Letters must be sent by the recommenders to LSAC.
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Personal Statement

Your personal statement should highlight your law school interest and motivation. We also want you to tell us why you believe you are a good candidate for law school and, ultimately, the practice of law. The statement should give our Admissions Committee additional insight about you and to provide a basis for appraising your writing ability. The statement should be one to three pages in length.
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Other Factors We Consider

Graduate Coursework

Graduate work indicates your motivation and can be a predictor of success in advanced degree programs, including law school.
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Work Experience

Work experience, particularly if it coincides with the completion of your undergraduate degree, demonstrates time management and life balance.
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Extracurricular Activities

Participation in extracurricular activities shows your involvement and leadership experience outside of academics.
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Volunteer or Community Service

Volunteer or community service demonstrates involvement and commitment to the Marianist tradition of helping others in the community.
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Optional LSAT/Academic Statement

If you have any extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance or your LSAT score, you may attach a short statement to your application.
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Optional Diversity Statement

We value the diverse experiences and backgrounds of students in our entering class. This optional addendum may outline your own diverse background and highlight any unusual experience you might bring to the School of Law.
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