MSU College of Law

Application Instructions

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Our admissions process seek to identify individuals who have the potential to excel in the study and practice of law.  The Law College begins to accept applications for the fall incoming class in late summer, with March 1 as a priority deadline for scholarship consideration and April 30 as the final date for applying.  Applications are reviewed on a "rolling basis," with the first round of decisions communicated in November.

In order to be considered for fall-term admission, you need the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completed prior to enrollment.
  • An LSAC account.
  • A valid LSAT score; we'll rely on the highest score from the last three years.
  • Official transcripts for each undergraduate and graduate institution attended, submitted to LSAC.
  • Two recommendation letters, submitted to LSAC. MSU Law will accept up to four letters. 
  • An application fee of $60. Contact the Office of Admissions to request a fee waiver if you are unable to pay this fee.
  • A brief resume.
  • Your personal statement of up to three pages (double-spaced, 12 point).
  • A supplemental statement, if you responded in the affirmative to any questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application or if you wish to provide contextual information about your academic or LSAT performance.
  • A diversity statement is not required, but welcome.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English and those who have not earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a U.S. educational institution, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

Your application file will not be reviewed until all materials are received by the Office of Admissions. You are encouraged to monitor the status of your application.

Applicants with Disabilities

It is the policy and practice of Michigan State University College of Law to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs and activities of Michigan State University College of Law. Students requesting accommodation should contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.