Apply for J.D. degree

Admissions Policies

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.
  • 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.
  • In order to ensure full consideration of their application, applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT by December (although it is possible to take the February LSAT and complete an application in a timely manner). LSAT scores dating prior to June 2012 will not be considered. LSAT registration materials are available from with Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org or at (215) 968-1001.
  • 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 and deadline

Applications will be accepted beginning October 1. The application deadline is March 15; applications after that date will be considered as space permits. A complete application consists of the following:

  • A completed electronic application form
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • A résumé including educational background, work experience, honors, and community service activities
  • A personal statement no longer than three typed pages (double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual who has supervised the applicant in an academic or employment setting. Academic letters are preferred. Although one letter of recommendation is required, you may submit up to four.
  • A current LSAC Credential Assembly Service report
  • In addition to these materials, all part-time applicants must submit a brief statement describing the reasons why they are applying to either of the part-time programs.

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

  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Part-time statement (if applicable)
  • Misconduct explanation (if applicable)

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

  • Official transcripts from all schools you have attended
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (you may include up to four)

Please contact us at 702-895-4189 if you are unable to submit any documents listed above through LSAC and need to send it directly to Boyd School of Law. 

Transfer applicants can find more details on the Transfer Student Information page.

Visiting student applicants can find more details on the Visiting Student Information page.

Applicants interested in the LSAT-Alternate Admission Program can find more details on the LSAT-Alternate Admission page.

Selection Process

The 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, for example, by achieving distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, by engaging successfully in important and demanding careers, by providing significant service to their communities, or by meeting challenges associated with their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or disability. We believe that the law school can and should 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 to:

  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.

Online Application

Applicants may apply electronically through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Please contact the LSAC Help Desk at (215) 968-1393 in the event you encounter any technical difficulty with the electronic application.

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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.