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Apply to University of Richmond School of Law
October, December or February: Recommended LSAT dates
March 31 or as soon as possible thereafter: FAFSA should be on file
March 31: Dean's Certification(s) should be on file (admitted students only)
August 1: We will continue to accept applications until the class is filled, but strongly recommend you apply prior to this date
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.
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
While the law school does not require letters of recommendation, students may submit such letters as a part of their application, if they so choose. 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Students seeking to engage in the practice of law are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules for admission to the bar of the state in which they intend to seek admission, especially those rules relating to character, fitness and other qualifications for practice.
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.
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516