This page details application requirements for students just beginning their law studies as well as for transfer and visitor students, and international applicants. You may also want to review policies establishing the University of Arizona as an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution.
General Application Requirements
The following items must be submitted to complete our general application. See further below if you are a UA graduate, transfer student, or international applicant as you may qualify for an alternate program.
A Bachelor's Degree
Earned by your enrollment date, from an accredited college or university.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Scores
Take the LSAT, preferably in December so that your scores will be available by the application deadline (applications from students taking the LSAT in February will not be considered until scores are reported). Scores must be from within five years of the expected date of entry into law school.
Completed Application and Domicile Affidavit
Sign up for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Includes a non-refundable $65 application fee. Note that disclosure of your social security number is voluntary per privacy law.
Letters of Recommendation (two or more)
Secure two letters of recommendation. These should substantively detail your analytical abilities and writing skills. You may choose to have these sent directly to Arizona Law or use the online LSAC services for submitting letters.
Personal Statement (4 pages double-spaced max)
Write a personal statement describing your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including education and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any other circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction (four double-spaced pages or less).
Submit a resume
A resume is one of the best ways to describe the range of your work and volunteer experiences, skills, and interests.
The admissions committee also evaluates educational experiences, grade trends, significant service, educational and occupational experiences, socioeconomic background, individual challenges, and other factors.
Applicants who plan to practice law should also note that bar admission requires consideration of character and moral fitness. We encourage you to learn more about various state bar associations and legal ethics as you plan your law education.
Review of applications begins in mid-November and continues on a rolling basis until the class is filled. The Early Decision Program deadline is December 3. Applicants who have completed all application requirements by December 2 will receive an admissions decision before the University closes for winter break. Our Early Decision Program is non-binding.
Arizona Select Admissions Program (ASAP )
ASAP is an experimental program designed to evaluate whether the combination of undergraduate GPA and alternative standardized test score is a valid and reliable measurement for predicting the potential to succeed in law school.
If you are a University of Arizona senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you may be eligible to apply for admission for the fall after graduation without submitting an LSAT score. All UA undergraduates must wait until their senior year to apply, with the exception of juniors participating in a 3+3 program (see below for further details).
Who Can Apply
To be eligible to apply through ASAP, you must:
- Expect to complete a bachelor’s degree by the end of the spring semester before you expect to enter law school;
- Have completed at least six semesters (not including summers) and 93 credits;
- Have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and
- Achieved a score in the 85th percentile or higher on another standardized undergraduate or graduate admissions test (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT).
Students who have taken the LSAT are not eligible to apply through ASAP and must apply through the regular admissions process. In addition, students who decide to apply through ASAP should note that they will need to take the LSAT in the future should they wish to apply or transfer to another law school.
How to Apply
Application: To apply through ASAP, applicants must complete and submit the Graduate Admission Application available through the Graduate College website. The application will become available on May 1 and remain open on a rolling basis until all available seats in the class are filled. ASAP applicants must submit all of the same materials required for the regular JD application process (see above), with the exception of official UA transcripts. For the purpose of evaluating applications for the ASAP, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will access applicants’ unofficial transcripts and available standardized test scores through the University system. In addition, for the purpose of evaluating applications for the ASAP, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will accept copies of official score reports for other standardized admissions tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT).
Interview: All eligible candidates for ASAP must complete an interview at the James E. Rogers College of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid before a decision can be rendered. A representative of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will contact eligible applicants within two weeks of receipt of an application. If you are not contacted for an interview, you have been deemed ineligible to apply through ASAP.
Decisions: Most decisions will be rendered within 8 weeks of receipt of the application. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified of a decision in writing. Upon admission, successful applicants will be required to create an account with the Law School Admissions Council, subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service, and submit their official transcripts to the Law School Admission Council, at their own cost.Students who are accepted through the ASAP admissions program who have not yet graduated from UA are admitted on condition that their GPA does not fall below 3.5 by the time they graduate.
About the Program
Because of the experimental nature of this program, students admitted through ASAP should note that their undergraduate GPA and alternative standardized test score(s), law school grades, graduation rates, and employment status after graduation may be used for the evaluation described above, though this data and evaluation will not include any information that will identify them personally.
Students should also note that meeting the minimum requirements to apply through ASAP does not ensure admission. All admission decisions are based upon a holistic assessment of all application materials submitted.
3+3 BA/JD Program
The 3+3 BA/JD program enables academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Law and the Juris Doctor in as few as six years of study. The program is open to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring in law with a minimum 3.3 overall GPA. Eligible students apply to the James E. Rogers College of Law during the second semester of their junior year. Accepted students matriculate at the College of Law following their junior year and take 30 graduate law credits their senior year as first year law students. They spend their fifth and sixth years completing the remaining 58 JD units.
To be eligible to apply through the UA 3+3 BA/JD program, you must:
- complete all graduation requirements except for the 27 law units needed for the BA in Law by the end of your junior year;
earn an overall cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; and
- for ASAP 3+3 admission: apply beginning May 1 of your junior year with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and score in the 85th percentile or higher on an undergraduate or graduate admissions standardized test (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT); or
- for regular 3+3 admission, apply during the second semester of your junior year with a minimum overall 3.3 GPA and LSAT score.
Note, meeting the minimum requirements to apply through the 3+3 program does not ensure admission. All admission decisions are based upon a holistic assessment of all application materials submitted. If admitted, 3+3 students will start as first year law students at the beginning of what would have been their senior year. Unsuccessful applicants will complete their undergraduate degree in law as seniors, and may apply to law school following the usual timeline and procedures. For more information on 3+3 degree requirements, sample 4-year plans, and making an appointment with the Academic Advisor for Law, see the 3+3 program website.
Upon admission, applicants will be required to submit their official transcripts, at their own cost, directly to the Law School Admission Council.
**If you are interested in starting at Arizona Law through the 3+3 program in Fall 2015, you must apply during the second semester of your junior year. 3+3 ASAP candidates must apply beginning May 1 (with no LSAT score – see ASAP section above for further details).
You can apply to transfer to Arizona Law or study as a visitor after your first year of law studies. Transfer and visitor applicants must submit the following by July 1 of the enrollment year:
completed application and domicile affidavit (see above),
personal statement (see above),
official law school transcript with past and current grades and rank,
two letters of recommendation from law faculty you’ve studied under,
letter from your current dean confirming good standing, and
for visitors, the dean’s letter should also state permission to enroll at Arizona Law and list any conditions limiting units acceptable to your home institution.
Note that transfer credits awarded will be transferred as pass/fail units and will not exceed those for the same courses/units at Arizona Law. Transfer students must complete 37 graded units after completing the 1L curriculum and 88 units in total. Class rank will be based on grades at Arizona Law.
If you have a non-U.S. law degree, you may be eligible for our Advanced JD Program for Non-U.S. Lawyers. This program offers an accelerated path, allowing you to earn your JD in two years or less. An LSAT score is not required for admission to the Advanced JD Program. More information is available here, along with application instructions.
If you are an international student seeking admission to the JD program, and do not have a non-U.S. law degree, you must apply as first-year student as outlined above in the General Application Requirements, including taking the LSAT.
Most international applicants must also submit transcripts for any postsecondary academic work completed outside the United States, its territories, or Canada through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (JD-CAS).
However, if you completed foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and if that work is clearly indicated as such on your transcript, you do not need to submit materials through JD-CAS.
Finally, if your undergraduate degree is from a school where English was not the language of instruction, you must submit a TOEFL score to LSAC. Contact the Educational Testing Service, and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC (institution code number 0058, department code 03).
Additional Information for International Applicants
Learn more about the LLM International Trade Law Program
Learn more about the LLM Indigenous Peoples Law Program
Learn more about the Advanced JD Program for Non-US Lawyers