Although the undergraduate GPA and LSAT score(s) are typically the most important factors relied on by the admissions committee in determining an applicant’s admissibility, other factors may play an important role in admissions decisions as well. Therefore, the admissions committee encourages applicants to submit other information that would be of assistance in evaluating the applicant’s aptitude for the study of law and likely contribution to the academic and community life of the Law Center. A small sampling of such factors might illustrate the applicant’s:
- Academic performance and accomplishments;
- Evidence of significant leadership and/or public service;
- Professional and/or military service; and,
- Cultural and/or experiential background.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission.
Applicants must have good moral character. Good moral character includes honesty, trustworthiness, and other traits relating to the role of a lawyer in society and the legal system. Admission is contingent on the accuracy of information received. Failure to fully disclose information may result in the revocation of an admissions offer or in disciplinary action by the Law Center or bar disciplinary authorities. Admission to the Louisiana State Bar has similar requirements. Different states may require character and fitness investigations prior to admission to the State Bar. Please contact the appropriate State Bar for information.
An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a score of at least 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 on the internet-based TOEFL. This is a test designed to evaluate proficiency in English and is administered at testing centers overseas and throughout the United States. Information regarding this test may be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Education Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541.
For detailed admissions information, see the LSU Law Catalog.
Financing Your Legal Education
There are several ways to finance your legal education. At LSU Law, we offer merit based scholarships. Scholarships and grants are available to first-year and upperclass students. Approximately one-third of our law students receive some form of scholarship assistance. Admitted first-year students are automatically considered for scholarship assistance. Awards are extended to those students who are most clearly expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Law Center and have ranged from $1,000 awards to full tuition scholarships. Rising second-and third-year law students are considered each year for scholarship support.
Students are also able to apply for federally funded need based loans. To do so, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as they have decided to apply to law school. Prospective law school students should not wait until they hear from the Office of Admissions to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA). Completion of the FAFSA will assist the Office of Financial Aid in determining your loan eligibility.
Below are resources to assist you with your financial preparation for law school:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid
School Code: 002010
Address: 1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, La.
Phone No. 225/578-3103
Outside Scholarship Search: www.fastweb.com