Juris Doctor

Join UNLV Law

The Juris Doctor is a rigorous and engaging program that will prepare you for a successful legal career. Our broad curriculum and nationally-ranked legal writing program will prepare you for success in any career field, while our concentrations will allow you to explore specific areas in more depth. UNLV Law also offers premier practical experience: as the only law school in the state, our students are able to use their abilities to help real clients through clinics, externships, and the law school's community service program. Our graduates enjoy strong employment in all fields.

By the Numbers

  • 2
    National ranking of our legal writing program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 3
    National ranking by law.com of U.S. law schools who place students in state court clerkships
  • 6
    National ranking of law schools with the highest yield rate for full-time students by U.S. News & World Report
  • 9
    National ranking of our dispute resolution program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 92.2
    Percent of UNLV law students employed within 10 months after graduation
  • 19
    Our ranking on the National Jurist's Lists of Best Value Schools
    National ranking of our part-time JD program by U.S. News & World Report
  • 50
    National ranking of our faculty in a scholarly impact study — our faculty has authored more than 250 books and book chapters and more than 600 law review articles
  • 2,200+ Alumni

Applying for J.D.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted October 1 through March 31. Applications after that date will be considered as space permits.

  1. Create an LSAC account
    All applications are processed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You will first need to create an account.
  2. Sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
    All applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution by the time of enrollment. Use LSAC's CAS to arrange for your transcripts to be sent by your university. If you are still a senior and are accepted to the law school, we will verify your final transcript before you begin classes.
  3. Register for the LSAT
    Almost all applicants will need to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). If you are a current UNLV undergraduate (or graduated one year before you intend to begin law school) or are applying to a dual-degree program, you may be eligible for LSAT-alternative admission.
  4. Upload and submit application materials
    After you have sent your transcripts to CAS and have registered for the LSAT, you will need to submit the following via your LSAC.org account to complete your application:
    • A filled out electronic application
    • A personal statement no longer than three typed pages (double spaced, 12-point font)
    • A résumé including educational background, work experience, honors, and community service
    • Between one to four letters of recommendation. Letters should ideally be from someone who supervised you in an academic or professional setting; at least one academic letter is highly recommended. Letters should be submitted through CAS.
    • Any optional addenda (i.e. diversity statement, explanation of extenuating factors affecting academic performance, or answers to Character and Fitness questions)

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