Penn State Law Admissions Policy
Penn State Law conducts a holistic review of applications. However, we put considerable emphasis on the applicant’s academic record, as well as LSAT or GRE score. Penn State Law does not require or recommend a specific course of study for undergraduate education. Rather, we consider the rigor, depth, and breadth of an academic program including grade trends, advanced coursework, and evidence of aptitude for reading, writing, and analysis. Applicants must have earned, or will earn by the time of enrollment, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university unless applying through an established 3+3 program.
Penn State Law requires an LSAT or GRE score for all applicants. Applicants applying for admission through an established 3+3 program must submit an LSAT score. The GRE is accepted in limited circumstances. Applicants applying for admission with a GRE score must be applying in combination with a degree in a different discipline (joint degree) and must meet the following criteria to apply: the GRE score must be at or above the 85th percentile, and the applicant must have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher in at least six semesters of undergraduate work. Admission is not guaranteed to any applicant, even if these criteria are met.
The Admissions Committee also considers work history, leadership, and service of the applicant. Applicants who have overcome hardships or obstacles to education or who have had unique experiences are invited to share their stories. We seek applicants who will positively contribute to the law school and legal communities and support our mission of diversity, intellectual engagement, and service. Penn State Law also places significant emphasis on letters of recommendation from faculty instructors, employers, and internship supervisors.
Applicants admitted to Penn State Law are required to disclose any information that would change their responses to any questions on the application, including and especially disclosure questions regarding arrests and criminal history, disciplinary action, pending criminal charges, and professional misconduct. This disclosure is required even if these events occurred after application or admission.
Once matriculated at Penn State Law, students have an ongoing obligation to disclose any information that would change their responses to any questions on their application for admission, including but not limited to: disclosure questions regarding arrests and criminal history, disciplinary action, pending criminal charges or investigations, and professional misconduct. Once students matriculate to Penn State Law, this obligation to disclose continues through graduation.
Penn State Law places high importance on the integrity, maturity, and candor of applicants. Applicants are required to update the Office of Admissions in a timely manner of any circumstance that may alter their response to any question on the application. Penn State Law reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if the Admissions Committee determines than an applicant has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity, moral character, or fitness to practice law. Penn State Law may revoke an offer of admission if the Admissions Committee determines that the applicant has provided false, incomplete, incorrect, or misleading information during the admissions process, or if new information is not provided in a timely manner. Applicants determined by the Admissions Committee to have provided incorrect, incomplete, or misleading information in their applications may be reported to LSAC's Committee on Misconduct or Irregularities in the Admission Process.