How to Apply

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Before you apply to Dickinson Law, you’ll need to gather some resources. But don’t worry—it may be easier than you think. To simplify the process, we’ve outlined the steps you’ll need to take to apply—and we’ve waived our application fee to help reduce the cost of applying to law school.

Create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
LSAC’s website contains valuable information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Register and sit for the LSAT.
All applicants must submit an LSAT score no more than five years old.

Register for the Credential Assembly Service.
This LSAC service allows applicants to submit all necessary documents (transcripts, résumé, personal statement, addenda) at one time, regardless of the number of law schools to which they apply.

Create your résumé.

Draft and edit your personal statement.

Request transcripts from all prior colleges and graduate programs.

Request letters of recommendation.
Ask your professors and/or work supervisors if they’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We require a minimum of two letters and will accept a maximum of four letters.

Write supplemental essay(s).
In addition to your personal statement, you may want to include a supplemental essay that addresses any discrepancies between your LSAT and GPA, explains how you add to the diversity of our community, or provides other relevant information to the admissions committee. Please note that you may submit more than one supplemental essay, but you are not required to submit any.

APPLY NOW without an application fee!
We’ll try to process and review your application as quickly as possible. Please be patient, however, since we read every application. You can check your application status here.

Apply as a Transfer Student

A student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school may apply to complete their final two years of legal education at Dickinson Law. To earn a J.D. from Dickinson Law, a transfer student must attend the Law School for at least four of the six semesters for which residence credit is claimed and earn at least 56 credits from Dickinson Law. A total of 88 credits are required to earn a J.D. from Dickinson Law.

The admissions committee will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's file, with a particular emphasis on law school performance.

As part of the transfer admission process, the admissions committee and academic deans will evaluate transferable credits. A minimum grade of C is required for all credits approved for transfer to Dickinson Law. Any credits earned at another law school are recorded on the student academic transcript by reference only, but no attempt is made to convert grades to Dickinson Law equivalents.


The transfer application opens in mid-March. Applicants must complete Dickinson Law's transfer application via LSAC. The school code for Dickinson Law is 2199.

Transfer applicants must also submit:

  • a copy of their final first-year law school transcript;
  • a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member the applicant had as an instructor for at least one class;
  • a J.D. CAS report (compiled by LSAC);
  • a letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school; and
  • a copy of a final transcript from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting school. (This is due prior to matriculation at Dickinson Law.)

The letter of good standing and official transcript should be sent after first and second semester law school grades are recorded.

Decisions regarding transfer applications are made on a rolling basis, and it is to each applicant’s advantage to submit a transfer application and final transcripts as early as possible to take advantage of programs like the Dickinson Law Review write-on competition, Moot Court, and our fall recruitment program. Dickinson Law Review and Moot Court competitions typically take place in June. Fall recruitment deadlines typically fall in late July.

Students with questions about our transfer application process are welcome to contact Dickinson Law's Office of Admissions.