Application Components

While every law school has its own application requirements, there are consistent components across every school.

Test Score

First, you will be required to submit a standardized test score. For most students applying to law school, the LSAT will be your primary score, but many schools also accept the GRE as an alternative.


Second, you must send your transcript. LSAC compiles your official transcript through its Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which is required to apply to law schools. While most of your transcript will be completed with your undergraduate coursework, LSAC also requires the submission of transcripts for classes taken at community colleges, summer colleges, and international institutions, including if these classes were taken while the student was still in high school.


Third, you must provide a copy of your resume. This version of your resume may be more detailed than the typical one-pager you send for job applications, so feel free to use up to two full pages.

Personal Statement

Fourth, law schools require applicants to compose and submit a personal statement that provides more information about your background, personality, and/or interest in law. This piece of writing is your best opportunity to sell yourself beyond the numbers of test scores and GPA.

Letters of Recommendation

Fifth, you will need to have letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. The number required varies depending on the school, but most require at least two. At least one letter, and preferably two, should come from a professor who can attest to your academic performance.

School-Specific Requirements

Finally, law schools will have their own school-specific requirements, such as supplemental essays, diversity statements, and addenda. Many of these extra components may be optional.