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How to Apply

To apply for admission to Pace Law School’s JD program, please follow the directions below. If you are interested in one of our Graduate Law Programs, please go to Graduate Programs and follow the instructions on that site.

Our JD application is now available electronically through the Law School Admissions Council "LSAC".  You can apply online by selecting one of the following:

Spring 2015 - JD Application

Fall 2014 - JD Application

If you have difficulty accessing the application electronically, please call the Office of Admissions at (914) 422-4210 or email us at admissions@law.pace.edu. 

Admission Standards

Pace Law School seeks qualified students who can meaningfully contribute to the law school community and the legal profession.  A person who holds a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education is eligible to apply for admission as a candidate for the JD degree.  At Pace, as at many law schools, the most important admissions criteria are the undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.  The Admissions Committee will also consider other factors when making decisions such as the strength of the curriculum undertaken or the quality of the institution at which undergraduate work was done, class rank and the progression of grades. Writing, grammar, and spelling skills are extremely important. In addition, character and fitness, proven capacity for leadership, dedication to community service, excellence in a particular field, diversity, motiviation, graduate study, work experience, extracurricular activities and other key indications of professional promise receive careful consideration in appropriate cases.

First Time Applicants

First-year students may begin their JD studies in the fall or spring semester. For the deadlines for entry to each term and other important dates please view our Admissions Calendar.

  1. Online Pace Law School application

  2. $65 application fee (non-refundable)

  3. A typed personal statement that highlights aspects of your background that you believe will be of interest to the Admissions Committee. 

  4. Resume.

  5. LSAT test score not more than 5 years old and a current CAS Report is available for retrieval.  Send official transcripts for all undergraduate, graduate or professional study to the LSAC for your CAS report.
    (The Office of Admissions uses  the Law School Assembly Service (LSAC) for application and document processing.   If you need an accessible version of the LSAC services and the website please visit LSAC ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES.)

Transfer Students

Transfer students are those who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of law study at a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and are in good academic standing.  Candidates in good standing from a non-ABA approved law school granted the power to confer the JD degree by the appropriate governmental authority in the unapproved law school’s jurisdiction, or candidates of a non-ABA approved law school who are permitted to sit for the bar examination in the jurisdiction in which the school is located may also apply for transfer status.  Enrolled transfer students will receive a maximum of 30 transfer credits for the coursework previously completed.  For the deadlines for entry to each term and other important dates please view our Admissions Calendar.  Transfer applicants are required to submit:

  1. Online Pace Law School Application

  2. $65.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  3. Resume.

  4. LSAT test score and a current CAS report.

  5. A typed personal statement explaining the reasons for requesting transfer, 

  6. Official transcript of all prior law school work sent directly to LSAT for inclusion in a CAS Report

  7. A letter of good academic standing from the appropriate law school official, which includes the applicant’s class standing

The Office of Admissions uses  the Law School Assembly Service (LSAC) for application and document processing. If you are disabled or have difficulty accessing the LSAC website or our website, please call the us for assistance at (914) 422-4210, or email admissions@law.pace.edu

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Visiting Students

Any law student who is currently attending an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and is in good academic standing can apply as a non-matriculating or visiting student. Visiting students must have permission from the dean of their law school to take courses at Pace Law School. Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  1. Pace Law School Application

  2. $65.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  3. An official transcript of all prior law school coursework sent directly to the Office of Admissions

  4. A letter of good standing from the home school clearly stating that credit for classes undertaken at Pace Law School will be applied to your degree at your home school.

The Office of Admissions prefers and recommends the use of the Law School Credential Assembly Service (LSAC) for application and document processing. Students who are unable to utilize the LSAC service may submit their downloaded application and documents electronically or via mail.  Regardless of submission method, all applicants are considered equally based upon their application materials.

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International Applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the use of the English language. An exception may be made for an applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants for whom the TOEFL test is required should contact TOEFL online at www.ets.org or by phone at 609-921-9000 for information and application forms.

Applicants who attended undergraduate or graduate programs at foreign universities are required to take the LSAT and must register with either the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) JD Credential Assembly Service or with the World Education Service (WES) to have their foreign undergraduate and graduate transcripts evaluated. Additional information on these services can be obtained online at www.lsac.org and www.wes.org

  1. Online Pace Law School Application

  2. $65 application fee (non-refundable)

  3. LSAT test score not more than 5 years old and ensure a current CAS report is available for retrieval.

  4. TOEFL Test score of at least 100, not more than 4 years old.

  5. A typed personal statement setting forth those life experiences which have contributed to your personal development and which have prepared you to undertake a rigorous program of law study.  You may also include a short addendum if there is an aspect of your application (such as a leave of absence) that you wish to explain further.

  6. Resume.

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Reapplication

Students who previously attended Pace Law School and who have not been in attendance at the law school for more than one year must complete the admissions process in the same manner as any other applicant. To be eligible for readmission, the former student must meet all admissions standards applicable at the time of reapplication. It is essential that all time and all activities since the previous enrollment be accounted for in the new application.

PLEASE NOTE: All decisions on applications are final for a given term, students are welcome to go through the admissions process again for the next term and have their updated file submitted for admissions consideration.

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Application Deadlines

First-year students may begin their JD studies in the fall and/or spring semester. November 15th is the priority deadline for Spring (January) admission and June 1st is the priority deadline for Fall admission.  Applications will be considered after the deadlines on a Rolling Admissions basis.

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LSAT/CAS

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and to have their test scores reported to the Law School. The score must be no more than five years old at the time an application is considered by the Admissions Committee. The LSAT is offered four times a year at numerous locations around the World. Registration materials for the test may be obtained by calling (215) 968-1001 or writing Law School Admission Council, Box 40, 662 Penn Street, Newton, PA 18940-0098 or on the web at www.lsac.org.

Applicants are required to register with Law School Admissions Council "LSAC" to have test results and academic transcripts processed and sent to the Law School. The LSAC supplies the Law school with a report, known as the CAS Report, that summarizes the applicant’s academic profile, LSAT score, copies of transcripts, writing samples and letters of recommendation. Applicants may contact LSAC directly by calling (215) 968-1001 or through the LSAC website at www.lsac.org.

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