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Admissions Requirements

If you are seeking admission to the Western New England University School of Law, you will need to take the LSAT, register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and provide supporting documents.

Follow these steps to satisfy admissions requirements:

LSAT, CAS, and Prior Academic Work

It is strongly suggested that you take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in the fall during the year before you wish to enroll. That way, if you don't achieve your target score, you will have the opportunity to sit for the exam once or twice more before our recommended application deadline of March 15th. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions or concerns about when to take the LSAT.

You will also need to register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Visit the Law School Admission Council Website at www.lsac.org for more information. Through CAS, you will submit all postsecondary transcripts for review. The Admissions Committee considers undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate studies as part of their review of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee strongly prefers letters that discuss your intellectual attributes, ability to reason, and ability to write clearly and persuasively. Letters that describe these characteristics in general terms are much less valuable than those that cite specific examples of your strengths. The most persuasive letters often come from faculty members who are familiar with your academic abilities. If you graduated from college some years ago, you should include a letter from an employer or coworker to provide insights into these areas. Unless they are quite familiar with your professional or academic abilities, recommendations from family, friends, or politicians are not helpful.

For your convenience, two options exist for the submission of letters of recommendation. You may download and complete our 2019 Cover Sheet which you should then provide to those writing recommendations on your behalf. They, in turn, can send us their letters of recommendation attached to the required cover sheet. You may also elect to utilize LSAC's Letter of Recommendation service (included with your CAS registration). More info is available through www.lsac.org.

Personal Statement

Each applicant must submit a personal statement. The Admissions Committee does not suggest a topic for the personal statement. The faculty has asked the Admissions Committee to give special consideration to the experiences of those who have been unable to realize their full potential as students, due to economic or cultural barriers, prejudice, or a physical handicap. The Admissions Committee encourages you to discuss any obstacles you have overcome in your pursuit of higher education, either in your personal statement or in a supplemental statement.