Alternative Admission Programs

The American Bar Association, which accredits U.S. law schools, recently enacted rules permitting law schools to fill up to 10 percent of their entering classes with applicants who have not taken the LSAT, provided those applicants meet certain conditions.

Effective with the admissions cycle for the Fall 2017 entering class, the Boyd School of Law offers the following application options for individuals who have not taken the LSAT:

Dual Degree Admission

The LSAT-Alternate Dual Degree Admission program is open to high-achieving students seeking the JD degree in combination with an MBA, MSW, or PhD in Education.
Students must still apply to and secure acceptance into each partner program, but the law school will now consider applicants who have not taken the LSAT if they:

  1. scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT within the past five years; and
  2. ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through at least six semesters of academic work, or achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through at least six semester of academic work.

Dual degree program applicants seeking consideration using the GRE must have Educational Testing Service (ETS) send their official score directly to the Boyd School of Law Office of Admissions.

Dual degree program applicants seeking consideration using the GMAT must have Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) send their official score directly to the Boyd School of Law Office of Admissions.

Dual degree program applicants who have not taken the LSAT and choose to apply for admission to the law school using the GRE or GMAT must submit a brief addendum with their application informing the admissions committee of which standardized test score they will be submitting.


UNLV Direct Admission

The LSAT-Alternate UNLV Direct Admission program is open to high-achieving UNLV undergraduate students who

  1. scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT; and
  2. ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through at least six semesters of academic work, or achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through at least six semester of academic work; and
  3. are either attending UNLV at the time of admittance to the law school or have graduated no earlier than twelve months prior to the date of matriculation at the law school.

UNLV undergraduate students seeking consideration using the ACT must have ACT send their official score directly to the Boyd School of Law Office of Admissions.

UNLV undergraduate students seeking consideration using the SAT must have The College Board send their official score directly to the Boyd School of Law Office of Admissions.

UNLV undergraduate students interested in using the ACT or SAT for admission must submit a brief addendum with their application informing the admissions committee of which standardized test score they will be submitting.

Qualified Dual Degree Admission and UNLV Direct Admission applicants who have not taken the LSAT and who meet the applicable conditions stated above will be considered until they constitute 10 percent of that school year’s incoming class.