Admission

Admission Requirements

Admission to law school is only the first step toward becoming a practicing lawyer. In order to practice law, attorneys must be licensed by the state or territory in which they plan to practice. 

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. Learn more at the American Bar Association Admissions Information site.

Law school applicants should consult the website of the bar organizations in the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to practice law and familiarize themselves with admission requirements. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to contact a bar official as necessary with any specific character and fitness concerns to discover whether past conduct might keep them from being admitted to a bar following graduation from law school. Applicants with significant concerns may also choose to consult an attorney.

Admission Requirements for the College of Law

  1. The LSAT
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Evaluations
  4. Academic Transcripts
  5. A Personal Statement
  6. A Resume
  7. Application Fees

1. The LSAT

All applicants (domestic and international) are required to take the LSAT, which is offered four times a year in the United States (June, October, December and February) and on a more limited basis abroad. Applicants are urged to take the LSAT in June, October or December of the year prior to that of anticipated enrollment. Applicants submitting test scores from February or June of the same year as anticipated enrollment will be considered only if space remains available. The Admission Committee will not accept LSAT scores more than five years old. If an applicant presents more than one LSAT score, the highest score will be considered.

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2. Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Do NOT send letters of recommendation directly to Willamette. Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can attest to the candidate’s academic aptitude and intellectual capability for law school. References from employers or business colleagues are acceptable if a candidate has been out of school for a long period of time.

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3. Evaluations

A  web-based service available through LSAC, are accepted in addition to letters of recommendation.  Evaluations are optional and may not take the place of letters of recommendation.  Applicants are welcome to submit up to two evaluations through CAS.

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4. Academic Transcripts

Submit an official academic transcript from EVERY graduate and undergraduate (community college and four-year institution) attended. Academic transcripts should be submitted to CAS and NOT to Willamette.

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5. A Personal Statement

Is required and should be submitted with the application for admission. Guidelines about the content and length of the personal statement are provided in the application for admission.

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6. A Resume

Is required and should be submitted to Willamette with the application for admission. Include the following: full- and part-time work experience in chronological order with most recent position first; professional honors, awards or other recognition (community, employment and military) received; a description of activities important to the candidate’s professional development and leadership abilities.

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7. Application Fees

There is no fee for applications submitted electronically.  Applicants submitting paper applications must submit a nonrefundable application processing fee of $50. Make checks payable to “Willamette University.” Submit the application processing fee with the application for admission.

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