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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 lawadmissions@richmond.edu. We will be happy to help you.

J.D. Program: Regular Decision

Regular Decision Timeline

October, December or February: Recommended LSAT dates

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

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

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

Requirements

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.

Application Fee

An application processing fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) must accompany each application. Check or money order should be made payable to University of Richmond. Do not send cash. Your name should appear on the check or money order. This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to any other University fee.

The University will waive the application fee when certification can be made that the payment of this fee will prevent a student from applying. This certification must be made by the Financial Aid Officer of the institution that the student is currently attending, setting forth the circumstances necessitating the waiver and recommending that the fee be waived.

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. The form must be on file as soon after March 30 as possible. If you have attended more than one undergraduate institution, please photocopy the form and have it filled out by the appropriate official at each school.

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 $3,000, 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.

Two-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) for International Lawyers

Two-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) for International Lawyers

Lawyers with a first degree in law from outside the United States who are admitted to our program receive one year’s credit toward their Juris Doctor degree. This enables them to graduate in two years but still to receive the same J.D. degree that our three-year students receive.

Two-year students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They take the regular first-year curriculum required of all J.D. students and in the second year select from an extensive array of elective courses and seminars.

In addition to a foreign law degree, applicants to the two-year J.D. program must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishment. Applicants are not required to take the LSAT.

View the International Student Handbook.

About Richmond Law

Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. Our world-class faculty combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment assures that each student receives the individual attention they need to thrive.

The city of Richmond is a thriving business and legal practice hub and is home to multinational corporations, leading law firms and major government agencies. It is also a lively, livable city, full of first-rate arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife with an extremely modest cost of living

The location, within easy driving distance of both the mountains and the ocean, is also close to Washington, D.C. and an hour’s flight from New York City.

Career Development

Students in the two-year J.D. program should anticipate receiving the same support our Career Development Office (CDO) offers our regular J.D. students. They may participate in our on-campus interview (OCI) program with the goal of securing both summer and permanent employment. The Career Development Office's professional staff works with all our students in drafting their resumes and cover letters as well as honing their interviewing skills. With the assistance and support of the CDO, our students develop successful job search strategies and ultimately reach their goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a two-year J.D. degree different from a three-year degree?

The degrees conferred are identical. Students with a qualifying international law degree are awarded one year’s advance standing based on the earned foreign law degree, allowing them to complete their degree requirements more quickly.

In what states will I be able to take a bar exam?

A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school is the basic requirement to take the bar exam in every state in the country and a Richmond Law J.D. will meet this degree requirement.

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.

How easy is it to obtain housing on or near campus?

There are a myriad of affordable housing options available in close proximity to campus as well as some on-campus housing available for which international students have first priority.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Web site. In order to submit an application using LSAC’s service, you must create either an LLM or JD account. If you have taken or plan to take the LSAT (not required for the two-year J.D. for international lawyers), you should create a JD Account and apply using the “JD for Intl Attorneys” application. Applicants with a JD Account should utilize the JD Credential Assembly Service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

If you have not taken or will not take the LSAT, you should create an LLM Account and apply using the “JD for Intl Attorneys” application. Applicants with an LLM Account should register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service and pay for the Document Assembly Service. Applicants may utilize LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcipt Authentification Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us.

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189.

LL.M. for International Lawyers

LL.M. for International Lawyers

Richmond Law's LL.M. is a one-year, full-time, master's level law program for lawyers whose first degree in law is from outside the United States. It offers an opportunity for lawyers to gain a strong grounding in U.S. law and the common law system while polishing their communication and legal English skills. Richmond is known for its outstanding faculty and the personalized attention that professors give each student.

LL.M. students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They must complete 24 credits of academic coursework, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Research and Writing. All other courses are elective, and LL.M. students may enroll in first-year J.D. courses as well as upper-level courses and seminars.

In addition to either a first degree in law from outside the U.S. or being admitted to practice law outside the U.S., applicants to the LL.M. program must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishments. The minimum TOEFL scores acceptable for admissions are 100 (internet-based total), 250 (computer-based total), or 600 (paper-based total). The minimum IELTS score is 7. Richmond Law may occasionally accept students with a slightly lower score where there are other indicia of the necessary language fluency.

Additional information:

About Richmond Law

Established in 1870 and situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, the University of Richmond School of Law offers an exceptional legal education. The world-class faculty, combined with small classes and a uniquely collegial environment, assures that each student receives the individual attention that they need to thrive.

The city of Richmond is a thriving business and legal practice hub and is home to multinational corporations, leading law firms and major government agencies. It is also a lively, livable city, full of first-rate arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife with an extremely modest cost of living.

The location, within easy driving distance of both the mountains and the ocean, is also close to Washington, D.C. and an hour’s flight from New York City.

Career Development

Richmond Law's Career Development Office partners with students through a comprehensive career and professional development process to explore their interests and strengths, to connect students with alumni, practitioners and professionals, to refine employment search materials, interview skills and personal presentation ability, and to guide students through the process of turning contacts into offers.

Do I need to take the LSAT to be admitted to the LL.M. program?

Applicants are not required to take the LSAT.

Will I be able to take a bar exam in any U.S. states?

Some states, including New York, allow foreign lawyers with an LL.M. degree from a U.S. law school to take the bar exam. Applicants interested in taking the New York bar exam should consult the New York Bar rules. The requirements are available at http://www.nybarexam.org/Foreign/ForeignLegalEducation.htm.

For those students interested in taking a bar exam, Richmond Law provides bar exam information and preparation assistance.

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.

How easy is it to obtain housing on or near the University?

Some on-campus housing is available for international LL.M. students, and students will also find it convenient and affordable to find off-campus housing in the Richmond community. Please visit our Housing page or contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Application Process

A complete application consists of the follows:

  1. Application for Admission form including the signed certification statement (may be signed electronically online).
  2. Nonrefundable $50 application fee payable online via llm.lsac.org
  3. Official copy of the applicant's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, transcripts authentication and evaluation of transcripts.
  4. Curriculum vitae/resume.
  5. Narrative (personal) statement about your career goals and experience (1-3 double-spaced pages).
  6. Two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic or legal qualifications. All letters should be sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).
  7. TOEFL or IELTS score (or other evidence of language proficiency).

Applications will be accepted beginning in September. It is advisable to have your application on file as soon as possible, allowing support documents to follow. Applications for admission to the program and all support documents can be submitted through the Law school Admission Council's Web site (llm.lsac.org). Applicants with foreign legal educational credentials may utilize LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcipt Authentification Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us.

All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships.

LL.M. applicants from China can take advantage of a unique partnership between Richmond Law and the International Judicial Academy, an internationally recognized educational organization. Students selected for this prestigious program will undergo specially designed preparation and enrichment training prior to beginning their LL.M. studies. For more information about the Richmond/IJA joint program go to: www.ijaworld.org or contact the Academy's Coordinator of China Programs, Ms. Lei Bao, at lbao@ijaworld.org.

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 or revocation of an offer of admission.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state or federal law. For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-discrimination.html.

To speak to someone about this opportunity, please contact the Admissions Office at (804) 289-8189.

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

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
Email: lawadmissions@richmond.edu

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
E-mail: lawadmissions@richmond.edu