- WVU Law enrolls one class per year and applications outnumber available places. Classes begin in August.
- We accept applications beginning in early September. Our application deadline is March 1. Applications will be accepted after the deadline only if seats remain in the class. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management if you anticipate submitting your application after March 1.
- We encourage starting the application process as early as possible. The application pool fills up quickly.
- WVU Law is a selective law school; the admissions process is competitive.
- WVU Law uses a rolling admissions process; completed applications are reviewed as they come in.
- Qualified candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Applicants must register with the
Law School Admission Council in order to register for and take the Law School
Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
- Your CAS report will include the following:
- Copies of your transcripts (you must send all transcripts from all schools you attended to LSAC for inclusion in this report). LSAC will calculate and report your cumulative undergraduate GPA for inclusion in your admissions file.
- Your LSAT score and your LSAT Writing Sample. We require 1 Writing Sample to be on file with LSAC.
- Your Letters of Recommendation.
- Your CAS report will include the following:
- Applicants who have completed any post-secondary work outside of the United States,
its territories or Canada must also use the
LSAC Credential Assembly Service Authentication and Evaluation (CAS A&E).
- The exception is any school work completed through a study abroad, consortium or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. institution. That work must be indicated on the applicant’s transcript.
- LSAT Requirements:
- Applicants must take the LSAT no later than June of the year they wish to enroll. For complete scholarship consideration, applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT no later than April of the year they wish to enroll.
- LSAT test scores are accepted at WVU Law for up to five years old. LSAT scores older than 5 years are not reported by LSAC, and an applicant must then retake the test.
- Admitted applicants must send WVU Law their final official transcript posting their bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment but no later than the first day of class.
- At WVU Law, we treat each applicant holistically.
- Every application is thoroughly reviewed by admissions professionals and members of the Enrollment Management Committee.
- For each applicant, the Committee considers the following:
- academic achievement and potential, as indicated by his/her LSAT score and Cumulative Grade Point Average as calculated and reported solely by LSAC;
- ability to overcome any adversity as shown in the personal statement or other
- socioeconomic disadvantages, such as being a first-generation college student; or employed or raising a family while attending school;
- substantial obstacles including family or personal hardships; attendance at an underperforming school (elementary, middle or high school); and prejudice or discrimination;
- any special circumstances suggesting that the applicant’s LSAT score or academic
record doesn't accurately reflect his/her current academic potential, such
- the age of GPA;
- a noticeable improvement of grades in the later years of college;
- other special circumstances described in the personal statement, addendum, or elsewhere in the application.
- Applicants are also considered on factors that would foster a diverse and engaged
law school environment, such as:
- geographic residence, including Appalachia;
- work and volunteer experience;
- leadership qualities;
- commitment to community/public service;
- communication skills, including multilingual proficiency; and
- experience living in a foreign country.
- Character and Fitness issues are also considered. You are required to disclose character and fitness issues on your application. Applicants must submit an addendum explaining, in detail, the circumstances surrounding the incident.
- Applicants are required to submit a personal statement. You may choose to address any of the above factors in their personal statements, or you may chose to submit an addendum to explain them.
- Applicants are required to submit at least 2 Letters of Recommendation. If the applicant has graduated within the last five years, one letter must be from a professor.
- Applicants should allow four to six weeks for a written decision on their application after the Enrollment Management office has received all required documents.
- A transfer applicant must have satisfactorily completed all of the first-year (1L) courses required by his/her law school.
- Transfer students are admitted to the fall semester only.
- The application deadline for transfer students is July 1.
- A transfer applicant will be considered when the Enrollment Management office has
received all of the following:
- The online application with an electronic signature.
- An official transcript sent directly from the applicant’s new law school with all grades posted for the academic year.
- A letter of good standing from the applicant’s law school.
- The applicant’s JD CAS report.
- The transfer applicant requirements and procedures also apply to any student who wishes to enroll at WVU Law as a visiting guest student for one or two semesters.
- The application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.