Application Process | Application Fee
Personal Statement | Recommendation Letters | Re-Application
Application Requirements Checklist | Applicant Deadlines
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The application process at CUNY School of Law begins October 1, when applications are first received. Members of the Admissions Committee review completed application files and then vote on a decision. Interviews are not part of the admissions process, although an applicant may be asked by the Admissions Committee to provide additional information to help with its review. Applicant requests for personal interviews will not be acknowledged or granted.
For admission to CUNY School of Law, a bachelor's degree is required from an institution, accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
Applications that are denied are not subject to appeal.
The application form, personal statement and other materials submitted in support of the application must be submitted electronically through LSAC.org at the time of application.
No part of the application will be returned for any reason.
An application fee of $60 (U.S) paid electronically (only) through LSAC is required of each applicant. This fee is not refundable and will not be credited toward any other Law School or University charges.
Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York.
The Admissions Committee seeks to evaluate an applicant's writing skills, commitment to the Law School's principles and involvement in extracurricular or service-related activities through an assessment of the required personal statement.
Please address the following questions within the context of your personal statement. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement.
- your reasons for wanting to be a lawyer;
- your reasons for wanting to attend CUNY, a public interest law school;
- your strengths;
- any economic, social, or other obstacles that you have overcome in the course of your education or life;
- if you worked while in college or graduate school, you should discuss the effect of that work on your academic experience.
Two letters of recommendation are required to complete an application for admission. We seek letters from individuals who know your work and abilities in unusual depth and detail, and who are willing to take the time necessary to provide us with a deeper understanding of the activities, work or events that demonstrate your strength in one or more of the areas of particular interest to our admissions committee.
The specialized nature of the Law School's program, and the criteria utilized in the admissions process, are not typical ones. If there are two individuals who can provide special insight into your experience, aptitude or ability, particularly with respect to the criteria on which we base admissions, you should ask them to submit letters. For example, letters from a professor who has taught you, or from a supervisor on a job or at a volunteer activity, or from a community or spiritual leader with whom you have worked, can be especially helpful. Letters from friends of the family who only know you socially are not helpful. Letters from relatives are not acceptable.
Letters of recommendation are an important part of the Admissions Committee's review process. All applicants are required to have two letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of their application for admission. If you are currently enrolled in undergraduate school or your undergraduate degree was awarded September 2014 or later, one of your required letters must be written by the professor of one of the undergraduate courses for which you received academic credit. (This is an "academic" letter.) All letters must be recent, signed, dated and on letterhead stationery. These two required letters must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
If you previously applied to CUNY School of Law, we recommend that you provide us with two new letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. If you provided an academic letter of recommendation in your previous application (dated within five years of the current application), we will honor that letter as one of the two required letters.
We welcome supplemental letters of recommendation from CUNY Law graduates and others who have a special connection to our program. Each letter must be on letterhead, dated within the last year and have the recommender's original signature.
Persons who have previously applied for admission to the Law School and who wish to apply again are considered re-applicants.
Re-applicants must follow all procedures and meet all deadlines established for first-time applicants. Previous applications cannot be "reactivated." A 2016 electronic application and non-refundable $60 (U.S.) application fee must be submitted through LSAC. In addition, re-applications require a current CAS subscription even if you did not retake the LSAT or since your last application.
Application Requirements Checklist
Applicants for first-year admission must submit the following, in accordance with our policies, to complete an application file for review by the Admissions Committee:
- a completed 2016 application (submitted electronically through LSAC.org)
- a non-refundable $60 (U.S.) application fee;
- a personal statement;
- an active and complete LSDAS subscription, including a recent LSAT score;
- two letters of recommendation
- if you answered "yes" to any of the Character and Fitness questions on the application form, you must attach an addendum with complete explanation, including relevant dates.
Transfer applicants and re-applicants for readmission may have different or additional requirements. All applicants are encouraged to carefully read and follow these instructions before completing and submitting an application. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions or you do not understand any part of these instructions.
First-Year Entering Students Application Deadline
- Fall 2016 - Apply by June 15, 2016
- Spring admission is not offered to first-year entering students.
Transfer & Visiting Application Deadlines
- Spring 2016 - apply by December 1, 2015
- Fall 2016 - apply by July 1, 2016
The review of an application begins only once it is complete; early application is advised. Application decisions may be made on or before June 15; this timeline may be subject to change at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
If you have already applied online through LSAC website, you may check the status of your application here »