MSU College of Law

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to MSU Law, you must have earned your bachelor’s degree (degree must come from a nationally or regionally accredited institution, or from an international institution where the degree has been determined to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. by LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)) prior to beginning classes at MSU Law and have a valid LSAT score on file with LSAC. In addition, MSU Law requires you to submit a personal statement (up to three pages), your resume, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation.

The application fee is $60 for all J.D. applicants. Fee waivers are available upon request. Please complete our information request form to receive your fee waiver or email admiss@law.msu.edu with your fee waiver request (please include your LSAC number with the request).

The application opens on or around September 1st of each year for the following year incoming class. For example, the application for the fall 2019 incoming class will open on or around September 1, 2018. The priority application deadline is March 1st, while the application deadline is April 30th. Further information about the application timeline can be found on our interactive timeline.

MSU Law does not have an early decision, or other binding decision, program. MSU Law does begin reviewing applications at the beginning of November and operates on a rolling decision basis. Our admissions staff does recommend submitting your application early in order to maximize your chances for admission and possible scholarship awards.

MSU Law functions on a rolling admissions basis. Thus, offers of admission are extended to applicants from November to April of each year. In the past, some offers of admission are made as late as July or August.  

MSU Law will periodically place applicants on the wait list. With substantially more applications than spots available in each entering class, the wait list allows students to be allocated spots in the incoming class as they become available. Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for review of the waitlist, nor a guarantee that students will receive a spot in the incoming class after being placed on the waitlist. Traditionally, waitlist decisions have been made as early as May and as late as August. If there is any change on your waitlist status, we will contact you as soon as possible to allow you to prepare for the fall semester.

No, MSU Law does not require interviews as part of the admissions process.

The median GPA and LSAT for the fall 2017 incoming class were 3.56 and 154, respectively. To view more information about the fall 2017 incoming class, view our class profile.

MSU Law is proud to have students from across the country and world. While roughly 50% of the fall 2017 incoming class is from Michigan, the class also includes students from 31 states and 5 countries, as well as 137 undergraduate institutions. More information about the fall 2017 incoming class can be found in our class profile.

MSU Law requires all J.D. students to begin classes during the fall semester. At this time, we do not offer a summer early start program nor allow spring enrollment.

While MSU Law receives all of your LSAT scores as part of your application materials from LSAC, we use your highest score when considering your application for admission.

MSU Law offers a wide variety of scholarships for students. As part of the application for admission, all applicants are considered for scholarship opportunities. Our scholarships opportunities include the potential for full tuition scholarships. More information about our scholarships can be found on our scholarship page.

No, MSU Law does not have a part-time program at this time.

While your overall GPA is important, the application review process is focused on examining your complete undergraduate record. Improvement in your academic performance will be viewed positively. If exceptional circumstances had a negative impact on your undergraduate performance, you are invited to submit a brief addendum in which you offer an explanation to the Admissions Committee.

There is no minimum LSAT that is required for acceptance, and there is no LSAT score that guarantees acceptance. The MSU Law Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to file review—all aspects of your application receive attention. We want to see “evidence” of your potential for success in law school, and your LSAT score is just one primary form of such evidence. If you are not satisfied with your initial LSAT score, we encourage you to consider taking the test a second time. You can also demonstrate your potential in law school through your past academic record, and even skills developed through past work experience.

Nontraditional law students commonly bring a depth of experience, diversity, and motivation to the law school experience. As a nontraditional student, your skills and accomplishments relating to work and life experience become important in the application review process. You should do you best to ensure that your resume and personal statement provide insights into your post-graduation experiences.

Your graduate-level academic record can provide MSU Law with additional insight into your academic potential during law school. Strong performance in your graduate studies can make you a better candidate for admissions. It is important to note that your graduate school GPA will not be factored into your overall undergraduate GPA, but will be considered separately in the application review process.

Yes, use an addendum and your resume to reflect the number of hours worked during your undergraduate studies and any significant accomplishments in your work. You should also consider using your employer as a source for a letter of recommendation.

Yes, if you have an explanation for a period of poor academic performance, you should outline your situation in a clear, concise addendum to be included with your application. Some examples of a valid personal circumstance include a family crisis, health issues, a documented injury or illness, or financial hardship.

Yes, MSU Law offers a variety of opportunities for you to visit campus through organized visit days or individualized visits. To view our upcoming visit days, visit our events page. You can request an individualized visit through our online request form.

Yes, MSU Law does accept transfer applications. To be eligible to submit a transfer application, an applicant must have completed a minimum of 18 credits of law school course work. If admitted, MSU Law could grant a maximum of 43 credit hours for courses completed at other law schools when a grade of "C" or higher is earned. Admission decisions for transfer applicants are made on a rolling basis, typically within four weeks after your application file is complete. The application for transfer admission as well as additional information about the process can be found here

MSU Law will review requests for deferred admission on a case-by-case basis. To request a deferral, send an email with your request and an explanation of the situation to admiss@law.msu.edu.

MSU Law will provide you with an update on your application status via the application website and you will receive and email when a decision about your application has been made. MSU Law cannot provide you with an update on the status of your application via phone.