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Admissions Overview

Application Instructions for First-Year Students

Instructions and Deadlines:

Each candidate for admission must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You can register online at www.LSAC.org. LSAC can also be contacted at 215.968.1001, or by mail: LSAC, PO Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998. LSAT scores older than June 2011 will not be considered by the Admissions Committee. The February 2014 LSAT is the last testing date for Fall 2014 admission.

Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended must be sent directly to LSAC. Please follow instructions on the LSAC website for submission of your transcripts. All letters of recommendation and evaluations are processed through LSAC. Please follow instructions on the LSAC website for submission of these materials.

Application fee: All applicants must pay a non-refundable $65 application fee. LSAC DOES NOT collect the application fee for Rutgers–Newark. Please go to our website (see link below) where you will find a link to pay the application fee. The application fee is paid electronically by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discovery) or e-check. Personal checks or money orders cannot be accepted. When you click on the link to pay the fee, you will be directed to a separate, secure website where your payment will be processed. Once you have completed the transaction, you will get a receipt and confirmation of payment by email. We will check the website daily and update your file with your payment once it has been posted.

To access the link to pay the application fee, click here:

http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/admissions-financial-aid/admissions-overview/application-forms

Fee waivers are available for applicants who show financial need. If you received a fee waiver from LSAC for the LSAT and CAS service, your application fee will be waived. Please send us a copy of the LSAC fee waiver either by email (lawinfo@andromeda.rutgers.edu)or by U.S. mail. If you did not apply for or did not receive a fee waiver from LSAC, you can request a fee waiver by submitting our institutional fee waiver request form. It can be found on the law school website: http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/admissions-financial-aid/admissions-overview/application-forms. Once your fee waiver request has been reviewed, you will be notified of the outcome. All information submitted will be kept in strict confidence.

Applicants with medical, physical, or other disabilities may voluntarily attach a supplemental page to their application to explain any discrepancies between ability and performance. This information will be kept in strict confidence and will not adversely affect our decision to admit or deny.

Application deadline: Applicants are encouraged to submit their credentials as early as possible. Beginning November 15th, the Admissions Committee will start reviewing completed applications. The priority deadline for submitting the application is March 15th. After March 15th, the admissions office will continue to receive and consider applications on a rolling basis. However, admission after March 15th is more competitive.

Recommendations/Interviews: Two letters of recommendation or evaluations are required to complete your application. They must be processed through LSAC. Candidates currently enrolled in college or recent college graduates are encouraged to submit at least one letter from a college professor. Recommendations are particularly helpful when they provide information not available from other sources. Letters from recommenders who know you well and who can provide specific examples of your academic and personal attributes and achievements are more helpful than letters from individuals who do not personally know you as well.

Personal interviews for purposes of admission are not part of the application process. Candidates are welcome to visit the law school on an informal basis and may stop by the Admissions Office with questions about the school or the admission process. Group meetings are conducted in the fall to answer questions of general interest and to explain admissions procedures. Please check the website for details after September 15.

A completed file consists of:

      1.  A completed 2014 application

      2.  Payment of the $65 application fee or copy of LSAC-approved fee waiver (sent to the Admissions Office)

      3.  CAS report with an LSAT score, transcripts, and at least 2 letters of recommendation or 2 evaluations

When your application has been received, you will be notified by email and receive instructions for access to the Applicant Status Online screen. You will also be notified when your file is complete. We encourage applicants to check the Applicant Status Online web page to keep track of your application materials. Documents received are logged in daily. If a file remains incomplete after May 1st, every effort will be made to notify you of missing items. The committee will not review incomplete files. Applications remaining incomplete after July 15th will be cancelled.

FAFSA/Financial Aid/Scholarships:

Any applicant wishing to apply for financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Title IV code number is 002629. All applications are filed online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Merit-based scholarships are available for applicants with exceptional records. All applicants are reviewed for merit scholarships at the time of admission. No separate scholarship application is required.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) applications are available through Rutgers University Financial Aid Office, 249 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102-3192.