Admissions and Application

What do I need to apply to law school?

You must have:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university (by the beginning of the term for which you're applying),
  • an LSAT score, and
  • a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account.

You may complete an application before taking the LSAT. However, your file will not be reviewed until we receive your CAS report. You can register for both the LSAT and CAS on the Law School Admissions Council website, www.LSAC.org.  It is the applicant's respoonsibilty to make sure that all materials needed to complete his or her CAS report received by LSAC's CAS in a timely manner.

When should I apply?

Applications are available starting the October before the semester for which you are applying (e.g. October 2009 for entering fall 2010). The Admissions Committee begins meeting and making decisions as early as December. Applications received by March 1st are considered timely, which means that you should get a decision by early April. No application will be reviewed until it is complete.  All applicants will receive a "Complete Notification E-mail" when their application is complete and ready for Admissions Committee review.

What if I miss the deadline?

Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the March 1st deadline until all decisions have been finalized. However, the chances of acceptance for a file received after the deadline are extremely low. Every effort will be made to notify all timely applicants of admission decisions by early April.

What do I need to send with my application?

Please see Regular Fall Admission Requirements, Transfer Admission Requirements, or Visiting Admission Requirements.

What does it take to get in?

In general, offers of admission are extended to those judged to present the greatest promise for success in law school. Although undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores are the principal factors used in comparing a student's potential success, the committee will take into consideration all materials provided--personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation.

Your transcripts tell us what classes you have taken and demonstrate your ability to be a good student. Your resume may provide critical insight about an applicant's studies and work or life experiences. Your personal statement is an insight of how you want the Admissions Committee to perceive you. Be creative, but remember this is your introduction to the Admissions Committee. Avoid dry, chronological repetition of your resume.  An applicant's cultural background may also be deemed relevant because it may suggest diversity the applicant could offer to the student body or it may bear on the evaluation of standard credentials.

The letters of recommendation are reflections of you through the eyes of someone else. Letters of recommendation should come from employers or professors who can comment on your analytical and problem solving skills and oral and written communications. Having a wide range of references is suggested. For example, your letters need not be all from professors; you could have one from a professional contact.

What does it take to be admitted to the bar and practice law?

Receiving a Juris Doctor degree is the educational requirement necessary to pursue the practice of law. The ability to practice law is determined differently in each state though and includes a number of other qualifications, including a character and fitness assessment, bar exam, and more. Applicants are strongly encouraged to determine the requirements for each state in which you intend to practice. The University of Idaho College of Law is fully accredited by the A.B.A. and is a member of A.A.L.S.

Do you have a part-time or evening program? Can I start in the spring semester?

No. We only offer a full-time day program that begins in the fall semester.

Can I take classes in Boise? Do I have to move to Moscow?

Yes and yes. The College of Law is located on the main campus of the University of Idaho and is the only location in Idaho where students can complete the first and second years of law school. Qualified third-year students may participate in our Semester-in-Practice program. Through this program, students earn credit by working as interns in the Treasure Valley. Moreover, our new Boise Third Year Program allow students to apply to spend their entire third year of law school in Boise.

Do you have rolling admissions?

We begin reviewing completed applications in December, and decisions begin going out shortly thereafter. For this reason, it is in your best interest to apply as early as you can. Applications received after our February 15th deadline will be reviewed, but the chances of admission are generally lower.

When will I get a decision?

We try to have all of our admissions decisions sent out by early April, with preference given to on-time applications. Admissions decisions are sent out continuously throughout February, March, and April. Keep in mind that applications are not reviewed on a "first come, first served" basis so applying earlier does not guarantee you will get a decision sooner. It can take up to 5 months for a small number of applicants to receive a decision.

Can my application fee be waived?

In very limited circumstances. One way you can have your application fee waived is to be granted a LSAT Registration Fee waiver by the LSAC. Students granted such a waiver automatically receive an application fee waiver for the College of Law, and it will be reflected on your online LSAC account.

The College of Law also grants a small number of application fee waiver requests based on financial need. These are considered on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for a need-based application fee wavier submit a brief (1/2 page) statement outlining the reasons you should receive an application fee waiver, including all financial information. Email the statement to lawadmit@uidaho.edu.

Is the application fee refundable?

No, the application fee is non-refundable. It is used to cover the administrative costs of the admissions process.

Does graduate school make a difference?

The Admissions Committee may consider an applicant's graduate studies. If you were successful in handling the workload of graduate school, you should be able to handle the rigors of law school. Please note, however, that your GPA from graduate school is not used in determining your GPA by LSAC.

Can I reapply if I was denied last year?

Yes. Simply submit a new application, along with the application fee. We will reactivate your file, but we strongly recommend that you update your resume, letters of recommendation, and/or personal statement. 

Do residents take priority over non-residents?

Typically, we admit roughly 60% residents and 40% non-residents. The University of Idaho is a publicly funded state institution, therefore a preference to Idaho residents will be given.

How do I become a resident of Idaho?

Idaho is one of the few states that will allow you to become a resident while you are a student. For details on how to qualify as an Idaho resident for tuition purposes, visit the University of Idaho Registrar's webpage. No one factor is decisive. The more of these steps you do, the stronger your claim that you have established Idaho as your domicile. However, maintaining an out-of-state vehicle registration, driver's license, or voter registration card will make it difficult for you to establish that Idaho is your domicile.