Admissions to the Brandeis School of Law
At the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, we proudly provide our students with the knowledge and training to transform themselves and the world around them. Our strong core curriculum, enhanced by specialized and interdisciplinary studies, is taught by our accessible and dedicated faculty, who guide students as mentors and bring their real-world expertise to the classroom.
Our focus on the intersection of theory, practice and values is reflected in our offerings, including our extensive skills program, our Ackerson and Entrepreneurship Clinics,, partnered externships and internship, moot court and professional competitions, three student-run law journals and our signature Samuel J. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Located minutes away from downtown in the region's largest legal market, our distinguished alumni network spans the nation and the globe.
The Office of Admissions & Enrollment Management is responsible for recruiting a diverse array of talented individuals to join our supportive learning community. We invite you to explore our website and discover why Louisville Law is an exceptional place to earn your law degree.
The University of Louisville is an equal-opportunity institution. For more information, please read the University's notice of nondiscrimination.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law! The admissions process is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their potential for the successful student of law. A supportive and collaborative community, Louisville Law actively seeks to recruit a diverse student body made up of highly-qualified individuals with distinct backgrounds and experiences.
Our Juris Doctor (JD) program application is accessible through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. LSAC administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and offers a variety of services to prospective law students. All applicants must create an LSAC account and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to successfully apply.
Prospective applicants should be mindful of various admissions deadlines:
- October 1, 2021: First-year JD program application opens
- January 15, 2022: Priority application deadline (application must be complete)
- April 15, 2022: Regular application deadline (application must be complete)
- July 15, 2022: First-year JD program application closes
An application will not be considered complete and eligible for review until the law school has received all required components.
Please allow an average of two weeks for LSAC to process materials submitted via CAS. The law school will not receive CAS materials until they have been fully processed by LSAC.
The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications in November, with decisions rendered on a rolling basis. Decisions are typically rendered within three weeks of review. Applicants who are place don the waitlist by the Admissions Committee will have their applications reassessed in the late spring or early summer.
Louisville Law offers scholarship funding on the basis of academic merit. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for available merit-based scholarship funding; no separate application is required.
Applications that are complete and eligible for review by January 15 are deemed priority applications. Priority applications are guaranteed to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in a timely manner and given priority consideration for merit-based scholarship funding. An offer of merit-based scholarship funding, if any, will accompany an offer of admission.
Applications that are incomplete as of January 15 but are complete and eligible for review by April 15 are deemed regular applications. Regular applications are guaranteed to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in a timely manner but will be considered for merit-based scholarship funding only to the extent that such funding remains available. If applicable, further information on the scholarship review process will accompany an offer of admission.
Applications that are incomplete as of April 15 are deemed late applications. Late applications are ineligible for merit-based scholarship funding and are not guaranteed to be reviewed. Our JD program application will no longer be available after July 15, and updates to incomplete applications will no longer be accepted.
All applicants to the JD program must submit an electronic application through the LSAC.org, plus associated materials to be submitted via the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Louisville Law does not change an application fee.
As a reminder, your application will not be considered complete and eligible for review until the law school has received all required components. Please allow an average of two weeks for LSAC to process materials submitted via CAS and release them to the law school.
You must have a reportable score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) from within the past five testing years. Typically, you must take the LSAT by February or March in order for your score to be released by our April 15 regular application deadline. You may submit your application before you have a reportable LSAT score, but your application will not be complete until your score report has been received.
Please note that you must submit at least one LSAT Writing component, administered separately, to be processed by LSAC before your LSAT score will be released. To learn more about the LSAT, including preparatory resources, please visit LSAC.org.
You must submit via CAS your official transcripts from all undergraduate and post-undergraduate academic institutions where you have been enrolled, even those institutions from which you neither have received nor will receive a degree. This includes all institutions where you have earned transfer credits, such as summer course credits or dual enrollment credits earned while in high school. Transcripts for completed academic programs must show all degrees conferred and dates of conferral.
You must receive a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary academic institution prior to enrolling in the JD program. To check the accreditation status of your institution, please consult the US Office of Postsecondary Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
Letters of Recommendation
You must submit via CAS at least two, and at most three, letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee expects letters to be academic or professional in nature and strongly encourages any applicant currently or recently enrolled in a full-time academic program to submit at least one letter from a faculty member who has taught the applicant in a traditional classroom setting for one or more upper-division courses. Personal letters of recommendation, such as those from friends or family members, are strongly discouraged. Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered once a decision has been rendered.
You must include a personal statement with your application. The personal statement is an open-ended essay written on any topic of your choice. It should be two to three double-spaced pages in length, with standard typography and margins, and should demonstrate your capacity for high-quality written work. Ideally, the personal statement provides insight to the Admissions Committee on your personality, experiences or anticipated contributions to our law school community and the legal profession.
You must include a current résumé with your application. The résumé should be clearly organized and appropriately formatted, outlining your education and work history as well as other notable achievements and experiences. Most applicants’ résumés can fit on a single page, though a second page may be reasonable for applicants with significant work histories.
Character & Fitness Addendum
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Many jurisdictions, including Kentucky, require a copy of your law school application to accompany your petition for admission to the bar. The Character & Fitness section of the application requires the disclosure of information pertinent to your character and fitness to study and practice the law. Failure to answer these questions truthfully and completely could affect your eligibility for admission to the bar.
If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the questions in the Character & Fitness section of your application, you must include an addendum explaining your affirmative answers. The Admissions Committee may request clarification or additional information if not sufficiently addressed by your Character & Fitness addendum, and review of your application will be suspended until you have provided a sufficient response.
Diversity Statement (Optional)
To assure that access to both legal education and the legal profession is visibly open to all qualified members of our heterogeneous society, the Admissions Committee gives serious consideration, as one factor in its analysis, to the ways in which applicants might contribute to a diverse educational environment and broaden the ranks of the legal profession to include those who have been historically underrepresented.
To that end, you may include a diversity statement with your application. The diversity statement should be one to two double-spaced pages in length, with standard typography and margins. Potential topics of focus could include but are not limited to: racial and ethnic identity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status, socioeconomic status, unusual hardships or other unique experiences.
General Addendum (Optional)
You may include a brief general addendum addressing any aspects of your application that you feel are necessary to explain for the Admissions Committee. The addendum should be no longer than one double-spaced page, with standard typography and margins, unless exceptional circumstances warrant a longer explanation.
Application Status Portal
If you have already submitted your application, you can check the status of your application at any time using our application status portal. To log in for the first time, you will need the user name and password provided in the email sent to you confirming receipt of your application.
3+3 Accelerated Law Program
The 3+3 Accelerated Law Program allows certain undergraduate students to apply to Louisville Law in their junior year. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits and earn their bachelor’s degrees after successfully completing the first year of JD coursework.
To be eligible for admission under this program, students must complete three years of undergraduate coursework in a qualifying major at the University of Louisville or one of the law school’s 3+3 partner institutions: Campbellsville University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Murray State University and Union College. Students must satisfy all general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating at Louisville Law as well as all major coursework requirements, unless they have received approval that first-year JD courses will satisfy outstanding major requirements. Students must also satisfy any other institutional requirements for graduation.
Interested students must apply by April 15 of their junior year to be considered for admissions under the 3+3 program. 3+3 applicants are subject to the same entrance standards as traditional first-year applicants. In addition to the standard application requirements, 3+3 applicants must interview with a Louisville Law admissions representative as part of the application process.
Please note that 3+3 students will pay the law school tuition rate for all three years of their enrollment at Louisville Law. For 3+3 students earning their bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, undergraduate scholarships may be applied toward the first year of the JD program.
Transfer & Visiting Students
Louisville Law welcomes both transfer and visiting students to apply to join our community. Transfer students are those who have completed their first year of JD study at another law school but wish to complete their education at Louisville Law. Visiting students are those who have completed at least their first year of JD study at another law school and wish to remain enrolled there but have reason to attend Louisville Law for no more than one academic year.
A student who has completed the first year of JD study at another law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) may apply to join the second-year (2L) class at Louisville Law. Transfer applicants are subject to the same entrance standards as first-year applicants as well as to consideration of their first-year law school performance. An applicant who has been dismissed from another law school for academic insufficiency or for misconduct may not be eligible for transfer consideration.
Pursuant to the ABA’s accreditation standards, Louisville Law may award a transfer student up to, but no more than, thirty (30) credits for first-year coursework. Transfer credits are awarded only for courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better, and a student who receives transfer credit for a course cannot earn credit for the a duplicative course at Louisville Law. No credit will be awarded for coursework completed prior to matriculating at an ABA-accredited law school. An applicant must be admitted as a transfer student before a determination on the number of qualifying transfer credits will be made.
If you are applying to enroll as a transfer student, you must provide your official transcript from your current law school, showing that you have completed the full first year of coursework. You may also be asked to provide a letter from your current law school verifying that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing as of the conclusion of the first year.
Upon acceptance, all transfer students are required to reserve their seats in the 2L class with a deposit to be applied toward their first tuition bill.
The transfer application for Fall 20201 entry will be available from April 1 to July 15, 2021. Transfer students cannot apply to start in the Spring or Summer.
On a limited basis, a student enrolled at another ABA-accredited law school may attend classes at Louisville Law for a designated period of time of no more than one academic year. If you are applying to enroll as a visiting student, you must provide your official transcript from your current law school, as well as a letter from your current law school stating that it will accept credits earned from your anticipated coursework at Louisville Law. You may also be asked to provide a letter from your current law school verifying that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing as of the conclusion of the first year.
Upon acceptance, all visiting students are required to submit a signed letter of intent.
Visiting students can apply to study at Louisville Law in any term. If you are interested in attending Louisville Law as a visiting students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application packet. The application deadline depends on the term in which you seek to attend:
- Spring 2021: Application must be complete by December 15, 2020
- Summer 2021: Application must be complete April 15, 2021
- Fall 2021: Application must be complete July 15, 2021
International & Foreign-Educated Students
Louisville Law welcomes the interest of international students and those who have been educated abroad. To study in the United States requires substantial preparation and careful planning, so it is recommended that international students apply early. Please note that Louisville Law offers only a traditional 90-credit JD degree; we offer neither a Masters in Law (LLM) degree nor an accelerated program for foreign-trained lawyers.
International students are billed at the nonresident tuition rate and are eligible for the same institutional scholarship funding as domestic students. However, federally-funded student financial aid is available only for eligible US citizens, nationals and permanent residents.
In addition to the standard application materials, all applicants for whom English is a second language and who were educated at an institution where the primary language of instruction was not English must submit a valid score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
You must provide your foreign education records via the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) if either:
- you received your undergraduate degree from a foreign institution, or
- you were directly enrolled at one or more foreign institutions and the total combined amount of work you completed at all such institutions is the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study in the United States or Canada.
As with domestic education records, all appropriate documents (e.g., transcripts, degree certifications or mark sheets) should be sent directly to LSAC from any institutions you have attended. Canadian education records are treated as domestic, as opposed to foreign, and therefore must be submitted in their entirety.
International students must also demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources to support their educational and living expenses for the duration of their studies in the United States. The University of Louisville reserves the right to require an advance deposit equal to a full year of tuition and fees as proof of sufficient financial resources.
Once you have met all International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) requirements, the University will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility: I-20 for students or IAP-66 for exchange visitors. You will need to provide your Certificate of Eligibility to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country, along with your valid passport and proof of sufficient financial support for your studies, in order to obtain the necessary visa for study in the United States. Please do not arrange to travel to the United States until you have received a written offer of admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or IAP-66) from the University of Louisville.
Tuition & Fees
Cost of Attendance
Louisville Law is a state-assisted institution, with tuition and fees set by the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville and subject to change. Full-time tuition and fee rates are based on enrollment in ten or more credit hours per semester. The figures below are subject to change on an annual basis and provided for planning purposes only.
Below is the estimated annual cost of attendance for full-time students, based on 2020-2021 tuition and fee rates:
Tuition and University Fees $23,106 $28,106*
Law School Technology Fee $100 $100
Room & Board $9,026 $9,926
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,200
Travel Expenses $3,372 $3,372
Personal Expenses $5,432 $5,432
Loan Fees $204 $204
Total $43,340 $48,340
* The nonresident tuition rate above applies to students first enrolling in Fall 2020 or later.
University fees bundled with tuition include the student activity, student building, student services, university facility, student athletics and student health fees. Additional fees not listed include the annual student recreation fee of $186 and the annual primary care health fee (PCHF) of $300. may be waived
The above figures do not include a one-time 1L Orientation Fee of $75.
University policy generally requires that tuition and fees be paid in full at the beginning of each term on or before the designated due date. Payments and all other matters relating to financial obligations are handled by the University Bursar.
For tuition purposes, Kentucky residency status is determined in accordance with University of Louisville policy and 13 KAR 2:045. The law school will make an initial determination of residency based on information provided by the applicant, with the University of Louisville Bursar responsible for the ultimate determination. This determination of residency will be stated in the applicant’s letter of admission. Applicants who are admitted to the JD program as nonresidents and who believe they can validly claim Kentucky residency may contact the Office of Admissions & Enrollment Management. Appropriate documentation will be requested to support any such claim.
According to state regulations, a person who moves to Kentucky for the primary purpose of enrollment at an academic institution is considered a nonresident for tuition purposes. Please be aware that the University of Louisville’s professional schools, including the law school, are not eligible for participation in residency reciprocity for Indiana residents. As such, Indiana residents admitted to the law school, including those enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Louisville, will be billed at the nonresident tuition rate.
All student financial aid is processed by the University of Louisville’s central Student Financial Aid Office. If you have questions about financial aid packaging, disbursement or refunds, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 502.852.5511 or email@example.com.
Completing the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application you must complete annually in order to qualify for financial education assistance from the government and deferred repayment of such assistance while you remain enrolled. The FAFSA opens on October 1 each year and may be filed using income and tax data from either the current year (i.e., the year in which the application opens) or the previous year.
First-time FAFSA applicants should follow the steps below to get started. For more detailed information, please review the University’s Financial Aid: Start-to-Finish online guide.
The University of Louisville’s FAFSA school code is 001999.
- Assemble your tax asset information, including your W-2 and 1040 tax forms.
- Create an FSA ID if you do not already have one. Your FSA ID will be used to electronically sign your FAFSA. Please note that if you are required to provide parental information on your FAFSA, your parent will need to create an FSA ID as well.
- Visit the FAFSA website to complete your FAFSA. If eligible, you may import your tax data into your FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
- Once the US Department of Education has processed your FAFSA, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you filed electronically, the SAR will be sent to you via email. If you filed by paper or did not provide an email address, the SAR will be sent to you via USPS.
- Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you find any errors, you can make corrections to your processed FAFSA online or return the paper SAR with corrections.
- Check ULink to monitor the status of your financial aid package.
Eligible students may borrow up to a total of $20,500 per year from the federal government in Direct Loans, also known as Stafford Loans. You may be familiar with Direct Loans from your time as an undergraduate student, but be aware that for graduate students, all Direct Loans are unsubsidized. While a student does not have to demonstrate need to qualify for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, all interest is paid by the student, as opposed to being paid by the government while the student is in school or the loans are in deferment.
Students may also be eligible to borrow up to the cost of attendance (less any other financial assistance, including Direct Loans) in Direct PLUS Loans, also known as Grad PLUS Loans. A credit check is required, and loans may not be available to students with adverse credit histories. Direct PLUS Loans are automatically awarded to law students who pass the credit check. Because of the comparatively favorable interest rates and terms, many students who have good credit opt for Direct PLUS Loans over private loans.
For both Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans, repayment is not required until six months after graduating, leaving school or dropping below half-time enrollment. However, interest starts accruing as soon as the funds are disbursed and continues to accrue throughout the student’s enrollment and the six-month grace period, with unpaid interest added to the loan balance. Interest rates reset for new federal student loans on July 1 each year and are fixed for the life of the loan.
Financial Aid Disbursement
Most financial aid awards are disbursed to student accounts at the beginning of each semester or upon gaining eligibility during a semester of enrollment. Disbursement of awards is based on compliance with all eligibility requirements, including enrollment status and satisfactory academic progress. Since most awards are based on full-time enrollment, part-time must complete an enrollment adjustment form prior to the start of classes in order for aid to disburse at the beginning of the term. Enrollment status is established as of a term’s census date, which is the day following the last day to drop and receive a 100% tuition credit, and courses for which a student is waitlisted are not included in the student’s enrolled hours. Disbursed financial aid that exceeds the balance owed to the University is considered excess.
For more detailed information on financial aid processing and disbursement, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office.
Refunds of Excess Aid
Disbursed financial aid that exceeds your University bill will be delivered to you in accordance with the University’s refund delivery process. For more information on how to establish your preferred refund method, please refer to the University Bursar’s website.
Residency for Tuition and Admission
Statement Regarding Residency Appeal Submission Process
For more information, please visit the Residency website.
Due to social distancing requirements related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made some adjustments to the submission process for residency appeals.
- Waiving the notary requirement
Page 14 of the affidavit requires the document to be signed in front of notary. This requirement is temporarily waived to allow for social distancing and to ease the process for students. Affidavits may be submitted without being notarized.
- Change in submission process
We are requesting that appeals be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please attach your completed affidavit and all supporting documentation to one e-mail for submission. If possible, please scan and attach as PDF’s. If you do not have the access to scan the documents, clear photos may suffice. All documents should be sent as attachments, not embedded in the body of the e-mail. Students may still mail completed affidavits and documentation to our office. Please ensure that they are postmarked by the deadline date.
Please note: If you have questions regarding residency or the appeal process, would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation over the phone, or if you need to come into the office, please schedule an appointment by contacting email@example.com to verify residency staff availability. Thank you!
All communications related to your appeal will be sent electronically via e-mail to the e-mail address provided on your affidavit as well as your University account.
Please contact our office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 502-852-6528 with any questions you may have about the residency appeals process or how to submit an appeal.
RESIDENCY DETERMINATION FOR ADMISSION AND TUITION PURPOSES
The regulation “Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes” is provided by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). The regulation is used by Kentucky state-supported postsecondary education institutions pursuant to KRS 164.020 and KRS 164.030 and is codified as 13 KAR 2:045, Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes.
KRS164.020(8) requires the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to determine tuition and approve the minimum qualifications for admission to a state supported postsecondary education institution and authorizes the Council to set different tuition amounts for residents of Kentucky and for nonresidents. The administrative regulation, 13 KAR 2:045, establishes the procedure and guidelines for determining the residency status of a student who is seeking admission to, and who is enrolled at, a state-supported postsecondary education institution.
The institutions are Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
INITIAL DETERMINATION OF RESIDENCY STATUS
The initial determination of residency status is made by the institution during the admission process, and is based on information available in the admission records. A review of the initial determination of residency status may be requested by the student, the institution, or the Council on Postsecondary Education.
In making decisions, a determination is made as to whether a person is financially dependent on, or independent of, his or her parent. If a student is determined to be dependent, the student takes the residency status of the parent(s). If the student is determined to be independent, the student is responsible for establishing residency in his or her own right, pursuant to the residency regulation, 13 KAR 2:045.
REVIEW OF RESIDENCY DETERMINATION STATUS
The application for requesting a review of a determination of residency is submitted on the notarized affidavit and presented, with all necessary and verifiable documentation, to the appropriate institutional office, as directed in the instructions. This material will be reviewed in compliance with Section 3 of the “Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes” and a written decision will be issued. The student is responsible for insuring that all documentation is submitted with the affidavit. Incomplete affidavits, affidavits that are not notarized, and/or the lack of supporting documentation will not be accepted.
DEADLINE FOR FILING
Applications for review of residency must be filed in a timely manner. Applications may not be treated retroactively. Applications must be filed no later than 30 calendar days from the first day of class of the semester for which the application is filed. The University has three (3) academic semesters, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Select Deadlines from the left menu for the published deadline dates of the three (3) semesters. Although the Summer semester has three (3) individual (terms), the deadline applies to the first day of class for the summer semester only, not the term. Applications received later than 30 calendar days after the first day of class will not be considered for that semester.
CAUTION: To avoid missing the deadline, do not leave your affidavit and documentation with an office other than the Registrar’s Office. The Affidavit and ALL required documentation must be submitted before the end of our business day on or before the deadline date.