How to Apply: Juris Doctor
Please review the application instructions, admissions requirements and policies on this page as you start the J.D. application process.
Information about J.D. program tuition for resident and nonresident students, as well as residency requirements, is on the Tuition, Fees & Residency page.
KU Law continues to review applications on a rolling basis for admission and scholarship consideration. Applicants with LSAT scores from April and June are welcome to apply, although space may be limited.
The application is available online through LSAC. All applicants are required to apply through LSAC.
The application for summer and fall 2022 start dates is available beginning Sept. 1, 2021.
Once you have met the admissions requirements, you must submit:
- The completed and electronically signed application for admission.
- Two letters of recommendation: If you graduated from college within the past three years, at least one letter should come from a college professor. If you graduated more than three years ago, it is acceptable to provide letters from professional colleagues. We will accept up to three letters. Your letters of recommendation must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The letters of recommendation service is included in your CAS registration subscription.
- A personal statement: Your personal statement is your opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee your significant personal, social or academic experiences that demonstrate why you are interested in attending law school and what qualities you will bring to our campus. Please attach a two- to three-page, double-spaced statement reflecting your interest in seeking a J.D. and in joining our community.
- Resume: Please attach a resume to your application that includes all of your relevant education, work experience, volunteer activities, honors, scholarships, awards and other activities that reflect your background and experience.
- The $55 non-refundable application fee: The application fee should be paid online through your LSAC.org account. Get information about fee waivers.
- Official transcripts of all collegiate, graduate and professional study must be sent directly to the CAS.
- Character & Fitness: All candidates must establish their character and fitness to serve as an officer of the court upon graduation. The application includes six detailed questions that request full disclosure of any character and fitness issues you may have. These can include juvenile offenses. Most offenses are not considered to be the kind to deny someone admission to the bar. However, full disclosure is essential for someone seeking admission to any of the state bars, and a failure to disclose can result in non-admission. Also, candidates with any character and fitness issues must include the charge filed against them, the adjudication and a short description of events.
Supplemental KU Law application for international students (for preparing your I-20)
This form is required for international students only. Please follow these steps:
- Download the Supplement to KU Law Application for International Applications form (PDF).
- Submit the form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional Kansas Statement
In a separate attachment, please briefly share with us any personal interest or connection to Kansas, the University of Kansas, or the University of Kansas School of Law. An attachment to or sincere interest in our university or Kansas may be considered as a factor in our evaluation.
Optional Diversity Statement
The University of Kansas School of Law seeks to build a diverse student body reflective of our community and our nation. In a separate attachment, please share with us your life experiences or personal characteristics that would add to the diversity of the student population and enrich the academic and cultural experience.
Please share with us any relevant information about your academic record or personal history that you did not address in your personal statement. This is your chance to provide context for anything that might cause you concern in your application.
Decisions & Deadlines
KU Law makes its admissions decisions on a modified rolling basis with the goal of making decisions in as timely a manner as possible. Prior to the application priority deadline, we try to review applications and provide decisions in the order the applications are received.
Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in mid-November with the first decisions being released in mid-December. If your application is completed prior to Dec. 15, you should receive a decision by Jan. 31. After that period, we try to deliver decisions within 4 to 6 weeks of your application being completed. In sum, the earlier you complete your application, the sooner you will receive your answer.
For applications completed prior to the priority application deadline, the Admissions Committee makes every effort to review each application. After the deadline, admissions decisions are made to the extent that there is still space available in the incoming class.
Please note that the Admissions Committee selects some applications for an additional level of review. In these instances, please allow extra time for the Committee to make its decision.
At KU Law, we make our merit-based and need-based scholarship decisions at the same time we make our admissions decisions. You will be notified of any award at the time of your admissions decision.
Applicants who submit their application on or before the Feb. 15 scholarship priority deadline are eligible for full scholarship consideration. Applicants who submit applications after the scholarship priority deadline are still eligible for scholarship consideration, but awards will be subject to funding availability
Taking a Future LSAT/Retaking the LSAT
You may submit your application prior to taking the LSAT exam. If you are taking the LSAT for a second time, you should indicate this on your application. If after you have already submitted your application, you decide to take the LSAT a second time, please notify the Admissions Office and we will update your file.
If you have notified us that you plan on taking a future LSAT, and then decide not to take the LSAT, you must notify us in a timely manner.
Applicants are required to:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to entering law school.
- Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
- Register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
The Admissions Committee consists of admissions staff and faculty members who select students with the school's primary mission in mind: "to prepare students to be outstanding members of the legal profession, well-educated in the law, with a commitment to professional achievement and public service." There are no infallible measurements or predictors of academic success or legal ability.
The Admissions Committee reviews all materials requested in the application process. The committee seeks to admit a highly qualified and diverse class, one that consists of persons who, individually and collectively, show great promise of contributing to and succeeding in the complex business of studying and practicing law.
Admission decisions are based on a variety of criteria that suggest such promise, including undergraduate course work and grades; LSAT scores; employment; professional or volunteer experience; leadership in school or civic activities; unique qualities and achievements; diversity of background and experience; and demonstrated ability to overcome financial or other disadvantages. The committee also considers the applicant’s interest in or connections to Kansas or the University of Kansas.
To build a diverse community, the university considers, in addition to academic credentials, the following criteria for student admission decisions, scholarship recognition and program participation. While each factor is significant, no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process:
- Bilingual or multilingual abilities
- Cultural background
- Evidence of commitment to diversity
- Evidence of leadership skills
- First-generation college student
- Geographic diversity
- Financial, social, family, physical or educational hardships
- Previous career before pursuing higher education
- Service to community
- Socioeconomic status
- Urban/rural background
- Other unique contributions