The application process, step by step

The law school application process is very straightforward, but it does require some planning.

Application deadlines

  • The application deadline for summer admission is March 31.
  • The application deadline for fall admission is July 2.
  • The application deadline for spring admission is November 30.

We will accept the April and June LSATs for Fall 2021 admission. However, if you are planning to apply with a June LSAT, please contact the Akron Law Admissions Team for guidance.

Deadlines for international students only

Semester you wish to beginIf you require a visa, apply by this dateIf you do not require a visa to study in the United States, apply by this date
Fall March 15 March 31
Spring Nov. 15 Nov. 30
Summer March 1 March 31

If required documents arrive after the deadline, your application may be deferred to the following semester.

The University of Akron School of Law operates on a rolling admission basis. You will receive your international admission decision via e-mail after ALL application documents have been received.

Process steps and timing

The following is a suggested step-by-step process to help you plan. You need not complete these steps in the order below, but doing so tends to offer a smooth path through the application process.

Note that this process typically begins the year before you plan on entering into law school. For example, someone planning to enter law school in the fall 2020 semester would ideally begin this process in the late summer or fall 2019. Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Establish an account at www.lsac.org (this is free).
  2. Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service ("CAS"; see www.lsac.org for current fees).
  3. Register to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    Please note: All applicants who have taken the LSAT are considered LSAT applicants even if they later take the GRE.
  4. Request letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and colleagues (use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service for this).
  5. Have every college or university you have ever attended send a transcript to CAS (here are instructions).
  6. Check your LSAC account to ensure all letters of recommendation and transcripts have arrived at CAS and been processed.
  7. Take the LSAT or GRE.
    Please note: All applicants who have taken the LSAT are considered LSAT applicants even if they later take the GRE.
  8. Receive your LSAT or GRE score. Test scores are generally available within 2-4 weeks after you take the test.
  9. Arrange for the Educational Testing Service  to send your GRE scores to Akron Law. To do this, log into to your ETS account and select The University of Akron School of Law as a recipient using the Akron Law institution code (4689).
    When Akron Law receives your application through LSAC, we will update your file noting that the LSAT is not required. That will trigger the release of your CAS report.
  10. Complete the admission application.

Tips and notes

  1. You can complete the first six steps in the above list up to 18 months in advance of your anticipated law school start date. At the same time, we have seen students complete this process in as short as 2-3 months.
  2. At Akron Law, new law students can start either in the spring, summer or fall.
  3. If you prefer to start the admissions process a little early, you can take the LSAT or GRE during the summer of the year before you plan to start law school. If you are currently in college, this would be during the summer between your junior and senior year.
  4. If you cannot take the LSAT or GRE in the fall of your senior year and decide to wait until January of the year in which you plan to start law school, that is completely acceptable. If you take the January LSAT exam, you will likely receive your admissions decision in April.
  5. Letters of recommendation are not required, but most students choose to include one to three of them in their files. Please note that we review application files when they are considered complete – we do not hold applications in anticipation of letters of recommendation. Note that the people you choose to write letters of recommendation for you may be very busy, so you may need to give them one to three months of lead time.
  6. Academic and professional letters of recommendation are appropriate. Personal letters of recommendation are not.
  7. If you are entering your senior year in college as you begin the application process, do not wait for your fall semester grades to be posted before sending your transcripts to the Credential Assembly Service. It is best to have your transcripts sent over the summer or at the beginning of the fall semester.
  8. After your application is received, our admissions committee reviews it and makes a decision. All decisions are communicated via email. If you are admitted, the Admissions Office will provide further information on how to proceed.

This step-by-step process is intended to give a very general outline of the application process. After reading this, we suggest reading through our detailed application requirements and detailed instructions for completing the admission application to get a more thorough understanding of what is required of you.


Note about qualifications for admission to the bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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Barbara Weinzierl, The University of Akron School of LawBarbara Weinzierl, Esq.
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Emma Schulze, The University of Akron School of LawEmma K. F. Schulze, Esq.
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Terri Bisesi, The University of Akron School of LawTerri Bisesi
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