Apply for J.D. degree

Applicant Requirements

Applicants for admission to the William S. Boyd School of Law must:

  • Have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, or be on track to graduate before law school classes begin.
  • Have taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or qualify for the LSAT-Alternate Admission Program. The test is given in June, July, September, November, January, and March.
  • Register for, and maintain an up-to-date file with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that an official transcript from each institution they have attended is sent by that institution to CAS. Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the Boyd School of Law.

Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted beginning October 1. The application deadline is March 15; applications after that date will be considered as space permits. 

When submitting an electronic application through LSAC, please submit the following documents:

  • A completed electronic application form
  • 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 activities
  • For part-time applicants, a brief statement explaining why you are applying to the part-time program
  • If needed, an explanation for a "yes" answer to any of the Character and Fitness questions
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee

When submitting your Credential Assembly Service Report (CAS report), please submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from all schools you have attended
  • Your LSAT score (unless applying through the LSAT-alternative process)
  • Between one and four letters of recommendation. If possible, at least one letter should come from an academic reference. 

Please contact us at 702-895-4189 if you are unable to submit any documents listed above through LSAC. 

Selection Process

The William S. Boyd School of Law seeks to enroll an accomplished and diverse group of women and men who will contribute to the enrichment of the school’s educational program, to the community, and the profession after graduation. We seek students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their lives by achieving distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, engaging successfully in important and demanding careers, providing significant service to their communities, and/or meeting challenges associated with their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or disability. We believe that the law school can and must have a student body that is both academically well-qualified and diverse. The presence in the school of students who have diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and interests contributes to the breadth and quality of the classroom and non-classroom dialogue that is a critical element of legal education.

In assessing applicants, the Admissions Committee looks at:

  1. Academic Capability. To assess an applicant’s academic capability, the Committee considers such factors as undergraduate grade point average, the trend of college grades, the difficulty of the applicant’s course of undergraduate study, the quality and grading pattern of the applicant’s undergraduate institution, the extent of work or other activities undertaken while in college, the date of the undergraduate degree, graduate studies, and performance on the Law School Admission Test.
     
  2. Non-academic Accomplishments. The Committee will consider evidence of significant accomplishments in extracurricular activities, employment, military service, and community service.
     
  3. Individual Background. The Committee will consider the applicant’s state of residency, cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic background and evidence of significant handicaps overcome by the applicant. The Committee will also consider any history of criminality or academic misconduct.

Check Application Status

Access to the Online Application Status tool is provided to you after you have submitted your application.

Not only can you review Letters of Recommendation received by UNLV from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service, but all updates to your file will be displayed, including your current decision. If you forget your password or are locked out of the system, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 702-895-4189.

Please note that you will have to answer the security question you set up at the time of your initial login to reset your password.