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If you have questions about the application process or about the law school, please call the admissions office at (804) 289-8189 or e-mail us at We will be happy to help you. To learn about the application process for our international programs, please click here.

J.D. Program: Regular Decision

Regular Decision Timeline

October, December or February: Recommended LSAT dates

August 1 (for fall 2017): Application deadline for priority consideration (We will continue to accept applications thereafter until the class is filled.)

Applications for fall 2018 will open on September 1, 2017

Deposit deadlines vary: Please see your letter of admission or contact the Office of Admissions for details

February 25 or as soon as possible thereafter: FAFSA should be on file (FAFSA available for submission on 10/1/2016)

June 1 or as soon as possible thereafter: Dean's Certification(s) must be on file (enrolling students only)


Application Form

Submit a completed online application form through the Law School Admission Council. (Note: this form is available through the LSAC home page.)

The undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are two important factors considered by the admissions committee, although the committee is also interested in extracurricular activities, community service, employment experience, geographic diversity, and a host of other factors.

Dean's Certification Form

The law school certifies the character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar. To determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which you may wish to practice, you should contact that state's Board of Bar Examiners.

The Dean's Certification and your statements in the application provide the law school with character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar prior to your matriculation. Material omissions in your application could significantly hinder subsequent admission to a state bar.

All admitted students must provide a completed Dean's Certification Form to the appropriate administrative officer. Ask the official to complete the form, as required, and return it to the law school. All Dean's Certifications must be on file prior to enrolling in the law school. If you have attended more than one undergraduate institution, please photocopy the form and have it filled out by the appropriate official at each. All admissions offers are conditioned upon our receipt of satisfactory Dean's Certifications and full disclosure of any disciplinary actions that have occurred in the applicant's past.

Letters of Recommendation

Students should submit such letters of recommendation as a part of their application. We recommend that you submit no more than 3 letters of recommendation. All letters should be sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), where they will be copied and sent to law schools. We will accept letters of recommendation written directly to us.

If your college maintains a central placement office where such letters of recommendation and other items are available, you may substitute that document for letters of recommendation. The envelope flap should be countersigned by an authorized person in that office.

Narrative Statement

A short narrative statement (approximately 1-3 double-spaced pages) is required as part of the application process. We encourage you to provide information about yourself not otherwise found in your application. For example, you may wish to highlight your background, personal or cultural factors, achievements, obstacles overcome, goals, or experiences that you believe would contribute to the diversity of the law school community.

If you have a disability that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee or would like to include an addendum to address diversity factors or specific concerns to aid us in better understanding your file, please feel free to use a separate statement for that purpose. We welcome any additional information that will help in the decision-making process.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

We encourage you to take the LSAT no later than December of the year before you plan to enter law school, however, we will accept the February test score. You can sign up for the LSAT on the Law School Admissions Council's Web site.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

A Transcript Request must be sent to each school attended (regardless of when you attended the school, how long you were a student there, or how many courses you took). Request your transcripts be sent to the service in a timely fashion. Once all the required information has been gathered by CAS, you must request a report be sent to the law school (law school code 5808).

To apply, submit the online application form via Law School Admissions Council (see LSAC home page). You will have the choice of submitting your narrative statement online or mailing it with the application fee.

Qualifications for the Bar: State Bar Character and Fitness Requirements

An applicant’s character and fitness to practice law must be established as a prerequisite for licensure to practice law in any state. As part of your bar exam application, many states ask that you submit a copy of your law school application. The State Bar’s Character and Fitness Committee will compare your answers to its questions with those provided in your law school application. Discrepancies can result in adverse consequences, so it is imperative that the information you provide on your law school application is accurate and complete. If your answers on your law school application are inconsistent with those on your bar exam application, the Board of Bar Examiners will likely initiate a more intensive review of your file. Should that occur, you may suffer sanctions, including: revocation of law school admission; delay in certification of fitness; or the Board may determine that you are not fit to practice law, which means you will be unable to sit for the bar exam and, subsequently, practice law.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and othe 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.

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application, or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office, could constitute a basis for denial of admission, revocation of an offer of admission or denial of admission to the practice of law, and may be reported to the Law School Admission Council for investigation of misconduct in the admissions process.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The law school is committed to enforcing its policy against discriminatory admission practices based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Information about age, race and gender of applicants is needed by the school for statistical purposes only. An applicant's age or gender will have no effect on the admissions process. The school believes that an applicant's race or ethnic group is a factor that legitimately can be considered during the admissions process to promote the representation of minorities in the law school and the legal profession. Neither gender, nor age, nor race will be used in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

You are assured both by school policy and by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that the information will be confidential and accessible only to school officials, government agencies, and others with legitimate educational interest in this information.

Early Decision

Early Decision

If the University of Richmond School of Law is your first choice, you may apply under the early decision option. Early decision applicants commit to enroll at the law school if admitted under this option.

An applicant may not be a binding, early decision candidate at more than one school during the same admissions cycle. An early decision applicant may apply for admission to other law schools on a non-binding basis, but once admitted to the University of Richmond School of Law as an early decision applicant, the applicant must withdraw all other law school applications and may not initiate any new applications for admission.

The University of Richmond School of Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants admitted to the law school under the binding early decision program.

Application Process

Early decision applicants must ensure that their applications are submitted and received by December 1 and that application must be completed no later than December 15.

A complete early decision application includes:

  • Signed Early Decision Agreement
  • Application
  • Any attachments required as part of the application, including a personal statement, LSAT/CAS report, and letters of recommendation

The application fee will be waived for those applying for early decision. It can take 10-14 days for an application submitted through the LSAC electronic application to reach us.

Early decision applicants will receive a decision to admit, deny admission, or hold for reconsideration for the regular admission season postmarked no later than December 24.

Early decision applicants who are held for reconsideration are free to maintain applications to other law schools and to initiate new applications and are not bound to enroll at the University of Richmond School of Law if offered admission later in the admissions season as part of the regular decision process.

If you wish to apply as an early decision candidate, please complete the Early Decision Agreement Form and return it to the University of Richmond School of Law no later than December 1. If you are completing an application electronically through the LSAC electronic application service, please note that, although this form is included as part of the electronic application materials, it will not be transmitted electronically with your application. You must print a copy of the attached form, sign it, and mail it to:

Law School Admissions
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

The Office of Admissions welcomes transfer students each year for the J.D. program. In order to be eligible for transfer, you must be a student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Most successful transfer students are in the top half of their law school class. Our review process is holistic and considers all the information you submit, but we pay particular attention to your performance in the first year of law school.

Conditional Acceptance

Transfer applicants may receive a conditional acceptance by submitting an application for transfer immediately after completing the first semester of law school. Applications for conditional acceptance may be submitted as early as January 1, and must include a transcript showing first-semester grades and class rank (if available). Conditional acceptances are based on continued and consistent academic success, and applicants will be required to submit second semester grades when they are available, along with an updated transcript and class rank.

Application Requirements

Transfer applicants must comply with the general application instructions. In addition, transfer applicants should submit:

1. A letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending, stating that you are in good standing and eligible to continue your studies there.

2. An official transcript showing your grades and class standing at the end of the first year.

If your school will permit, you may send a photocopy of your CAS report, including your undergraduate transcript(s). If you are accepted, it will be necessary for you to furnish an official transcript from your undergraduate institution showing the award of your undergraduate degree. It will also be necessary for you to submit an official transcript from the law school you are presently attending.

Summer Stipends

Incoming transfer students working in qualifying public sector positions are eligible for funding through the School of Law's Summer Stipend Program. Qualifying public sector employment is unpaid, law-related work for a government agency, public interest organization or the judiciary. To qualify for a full stipend of $3,500, you must work full-time for at least eight weeks between May and August 2016. Detailed program guidelines are available on the Career Development Office Web site. Note that you do not need to complete an Intent to Participate form, but all other guidelines apply. If you do not enroll in the School of Law in fall 2016, you will be required to repay the summer stipend. 

You may contact the Career Development Office with questions regarding the program.

Visiting Students

Visiting Students

Typically, a few students are admitted each year as visiting students after the second year of study at another law school. Students interested in visiting the University of Richmond School of Law should follow the instructions for transfer students. Additionally, the letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending should state that your current law school is willing to accept grades earned at the University of Richmond School of Law as credit towards your degree.

Law Admissions Office

Mailing Address:
Law Admissions Office
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

GPS Location:
37.579172, -77.536167

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516