Baylor Law School’s admission process is highly selective. The most important factors in the admission process are an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average and LSAT score. The Admissions Committee also takes into consideration factors such as letters of recommendation, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, work experience, other evidence of maturity, strong work ethic, and the ability to contribute to the diversity of the Baylor community. We consider the Personal Statement a strong measure of the applicant’s ability to communicate clearly and concisely, as well as an important window into an applicant’s personality and story.
1. Application Fee
Baylor Law School’s application fee is waived if you apply online at www.baylor.edu/application or www.lsac.org.
2. LSAT Score/CAS Report
Each applicant must take the LSAT and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You must take the LSAT prior to the application deadline for the quarter for which an application is seeking admission. Your CAS report will be requested as soon as you submit your application for admission, and Baylor will receive updated CAS reports. You must make arrangements to have each undergraduate transcript mailed to LSAC for inclusion with your CAS report.
3. Personal Statement
Each applicant must submit a personal statement, which should be approximately two to three pages in length, double-spaced. You may use a personal statement that you prepared for another school or that you already have on file, but it must be a product of your own work and must be prepared without the assistance of other people or professional writing services.
The personal statement is your opportunity to persuade the Admissions Committee that you should be admitted to Baylor Law School. Through your personal statement, the Admissions Committee hopes to get a sense of you as a person, as well as to evaluate your writing ability. What you choose to write about is up to you. Any number of factors could be helpful to the Admissions Committee, including: your motivation to study law; evidence of academic achievement, leadership, responsibility, or community involvement; your educational, social or economic background; and any special skills that you possess, such as bilingual language skills or advocacy skills. We are particularly interested in any aspect of your background that would allow you to distinctively enrich the law school environment.
In addition to your personal statement, you may submit an addendum that discusses aspects of your academic background, LSAT performance, or life experiences that you believe will enhance your application for admission. Your addendum should not exceed two pages in length and it should not be used as an extension of your personal statement. You can submit your addendum either by including it with your personal statement and uploading the one document with your application or by submitting it directly to Ms. Suzy Daniel at Suzy_Daniel@baylor.edu.
5. Letters of Recommendation
We require one letter of recommendation but will accept up to three letters. Letters from professors, employers, or other individuals who can attest to your ability to enter a rigorous, professional program are beneficial. A letter from someone who doesn’t know you well is of no value and does not enhance your file.
You should request your letters well in advance of the application deadlines, and letters must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. We cannot accommodate any requests to hold application files awaiting additional letters of recommendation.
We do not participate in the new LSAC Evaluation Service.
You may submit a resume with your application, but it is not required. Your resume should reflect all full-time and part-time employment, all extra-curricular activities, honors, and community activities. Your resume should not exceed two pages in length.
7. Applying for Admission to More than One Quarter
Baylor Law School operates on a quarter system and enrolls entering students in three of its four quarters – Spring, Summer, and Fall. The application pool for the Fall class is larger than the application pool for the Spring and Summer classes, making admission into the Fall class more competitive. An applicant can apply for admission to more than one quarter at a time. To apply to more than one quarter, submit a separate application for each quarter for which you want to be considered.