Applicants to the J.D. program must submit an electronic application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The personal statement, any additional statement or addenda, and the applicant's résumé or summary of work experiences and/or activities should be attached to the electronic application.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted via LSAC's Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service.
The following materials must be submitted to be considered for admission:
- a complete Penn State Law application
- a $60 nonrefundable application fee or authorized fee waiver
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, no older than 5 years*
- a law school report from the Credential Assembly Service
- a personal statement
- a résumé or overview of the student’s academic and professional experiences
- two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts (letters from family members or members of the legal profession who have not worked with the applicant in a professional or academic context will not be accepted), and
- a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (for foreign-educated students only).
* Qualified Penn State undergraduates may apply with an SAT or ACT score. To qualify, the following conditions must be met:
- An ACT or SAT score that was used to apply to Penn State University no older than 5 years, with a cumulative score in the 85th percentile or higher
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher over six semesters of academic work; and
- Per ABA requirements, only University Park undergraduates are eligible to apply with SAT or ACT scores.
*Applicants seeking a J.D. in combination with a degree in a different discipline may apply with a GMAT. To qualify the following conditions must be met:
- A GMAT score at or above the 85th percentile; and
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher or in the top 10% of their undergraduate class across six semesters of academic work.
An official score report from The College Board or ACT is required. Please contact test administrators to have an official score report provided to Penn State Law.
Decisions are made on a rolling basis.
*If you are admitted with an alternative test score and subsequently have a reportable LSAT score, the law school will reconsider your application based on LSAT score(s) and your decision may change.
Contact the Admissions Office
Penn State Law
The Pennsylvania State University
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802