Michigan State Law has a selective admissions process designed to identify individuals who have the potential to excel in their legal studies and the practice of law. In order to be considered for fall-term admission, an applicant must:
- possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment
- create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC); register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and sign up for the Credential Assembly Service
- provide an official transcript to LSAC for each undergraduate and graduate institution attended
- arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted to LSAC (MSU Law will accept up to four letters of recommendation)
- submit an application fee of $60 (contact the Office of Admissions to request a fee waiver if you are unable, for financial reasons, to provide this fee
- submit a resume of up to two pages
- submit a personal statement of up to three pages
- submit a supplemental statement if you respond in the affirmative to any questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application
It is important to keep in mind that your file will not be reviewed until all materials are received by the Office of Admissions. As applications for admission are reviewed on a “rolling” basis once all required materials are available, you are encouraged to monitor the status of your application using the online status check. Additional information regarding these requirements include the following:
LSAT Score: The Admissions Committee will rely on the highest LSAT score from tests taken within the last three years.
Personal Statement: The most informative personal statement is one that allows the Admissions Committee to learn about your background and goals as they relate to law school and your career aspirations. While you’re free to address any topic(s) within the three-page space limit, the following questions may help you to focus your efforts:
- What experiences or events influenced your decision to pursue a law degree?
- How do you plan to use your legal education?
- What qualities, skills, or interests do you possess that are relevant to the study or practice of law?
- How have you responded to adversity and how might such experiences serve you as a member of the legal profession?
- How might a Michigan State legal education help you achieve the professional goals you have established for yourself?
Consider your personal statement as a substitute for an in-person interview with Admissions Committee members. Allocate adequate time to craft an essay that reflects well on you and is informative to those who will review your application. For more tips, check out Dean Roboski’s tips on personal statements.
Resume: You are welcome to submit a resume of either one or two pages. Your resume provides a helpful summary of your accomplishments, work experiences, and how you have allocated your time to causes or groups. If you are in college or a recent college graduate and you were employed while in college, we recommend that you list the average number of hours worked while in school.
Letters of Recommendation: MSU Law requires two letters of recommendation, but welcomes you to submit as many as four letters. If you are in college or recently graduated, we suggest you obtain one or both letters from faculty who have taught you. If you are unable to obtain a faculty letter of recommendation(s), you may submit a letter(s) written by a supervisor or another individual who knows you well and who can speak to your ability, motivation, or personal qualities that align well with those who practice law.
Character and Fitness Addenda: Answering a “yes” to any question in this section of the application will require you to write a brief statement addressing each incident and its date, location, and outcome. MSU Law requires disclosure of every legal or disciplinary event above the level of a parking ticket (including all vehicular moving violations). If an incident occurs after you submit your application for admission, thereby affecting your response to any of these questions, or if you failed to disclose matters of this nature at the time you applied, an amendment must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible time prior to matriculation. While an amendment to the application may not affect enrollment at the Law College, failure to disclose or amend inaccuracies could impact your application to a state bar. It is especially important to note that your state bar may request a copy of your law school application. Any discrepancies discovered between your bar and law school application may be cause for investigation.