There are two portions of the law school application: the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report and the electronic application (E-app) portion. See below for the requirements in each section.
Each applicant must register with the Credential Assembly Service. Your CAS report will be requested as soon as you submit your application, and Baylor Law will receive updated CAS reports.
Each applicant must have earned a baccalaurate degree from an accredited U.S. university (or its equivalent from a foreign institution). You should arrange to have all post-secondary transcripts included with your CAS report when you apply.
If you matriculate at Baylor Law, every Baylor Law student is required to submit official transcripts from each institution of higher education in which the student was enrolled prior to matriculation at Baylor Law, so that we may verify all academic credits undertaken and all degrees conferred. The deadline for each entering class is listed below. Unless an exception is approved by the Associate Dean on the basis of extraordinary circumstances, any student who does not submit all required transcripts by the deadline will be administratively withdrawn from all classes and prohibited from attending any class until all transcripts are submitted.
Deadline for submission of official transcripts:
Fall entering classes – October 15
Spring entering classes – March 30
Summer entering classes – June 30
Each applicant must take the LSAT. The Admissions Committee will see all reported scores from the prior 5 test years. You should take the LSAT (and have a reported score) prior to the application deadline for the quarter for which you are applying.
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 does not know you well is of no value and does not enhance your file.
You should request your letter(s) in advance of the application deadlines, and your letter(s) must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. We cannot accommodate any requests to hold application files awaiting additional letters of recommendation.
Each application must fill out the e-app form with basic information. Additionally, each applicant must fill out a series of questions regarding the applicant's character and fitness to practice law. If you answer affirmatively to any of these questions, you must submit an addendum explaining your affirmative answer. More details are included on the law school application.
Each applicant must submit a personal statement, which should be approximately two to three pages in length, double-spaced, in 12-point font. Your personal statement 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. Through your personal statement, the Admissions Committee hopes to get a sense of you as a person, as well as 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 addenda that discuss aspects of your academic background, LSAT performance, or life experiences that you believe will enhance your application for admission. Your addenda should not exceed two pages in length and should not be used as an extension of your personal statement. You can submit your addenda either by including them with your personal statement and uploading the one document with your application or by submitting them directly to Sam Smith at Samantha_Smith6@baylor.edu.
You must submit a résumé with your application. Your résumé should reflect all full-time and part-time employment, as well as all extra-curricular activities, honors, and community activities. Your résumé should not exceed two pages in length.
Baylor Law does not have an application fee.
Baylor Law 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.
There is one slight exception to the requirement that you apply for each quarter separately: our Fall application asks if you would like to be considered for the following Spring if you are not admitted to the Fall term. If you answer “yes," your Fall file is reactivated (i.e. copied) at some point in June or July, and you will receive separate consideration for the following Spring term. The copy is a point-in-time process, so if you are planning on submitting score updates (e.g., a new LSAT score or new transcript), you will need to let us know prior to the reactivation point and must submit a new application.
Baylor Law offers optional interviews. Click here for more information.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting that jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Baylor University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws. Baylor University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.