The Application Process
Q.What is UF Law’s application deadline?
A. Candidates are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. Completion of the application by the recommended deadline of March 15 is strongly advised in order to place applicants in the best possible position for admission and scholarship consideration. Applications completed after March 15 may not be guaranteed a timely decision and could affect an applicant’s potential for scholarships or grants.
UF Law will continue to accept and review applications after March 15 through the final deadline of July 15, making offers on a space-available basis. Therefore, while UF Law will accept the June 2016 LSAT, it is strongly recommended that applicants take an earlier exam as this will place them in the best possible position for admission and scholarship consideration. UF Law reviews files on a modified rolling admissions basis and applicants could be notified of a decision as early as November, with notifications continuing through late July.
Q. How do I obtain a Levin College of Law application?
A. All applicants are required to apply using the UF Law LSAC Online Application Process.
Q. What is the application fee?
A. The application fee is $30 for all applicants. A fee waiver may be available.
Q. Do you offer application fee waivers?
A. The Levin College of Law will waive the $30 application fee for candidates who received an LSAC Fee Waiver. The $30 application fee will automatically be waived for LSAC fee-waived candidates upon submission of the LSAC online application.
UF Law offers merit-based application fee waivers by invitation only to candidates whose profiles typically meet or exceed both a 160 LSAT score and a 3.50 undergraduate GPA. Invitations to apply to UF Law using a merit fee waiver are emailed to those candidates who are registered for LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS) and meet the above criteria. Invitations are sent to those candidates whose credentials have been verified through LSAC after the scores of each LSAT administration have been released beginning with the June administration.
Application fees are non-refundable. The $30 application fee cannot be refunded to candidates who might qualify for a waiver, but apply before receiving the invitation. Also, please note that the fee waiver process begins anew each application cycle and the information above is effective at the beginning of each cycle. A fee waiver is only valid for that particular application cycle.
Q. When should I take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?
A. We recommend you take the June or October LSAT prior to the year for which you are applying. This allows for submitting your application as early as possible and for re-taking the exam if you wish. LSAT test scores are valid for five years. The latest LSAT that UF Law will accept is the June LSAT prior to UF Law’s July 15 deadline.
Q. What are the requirements for a completed UF Law application?
A. Applicants must apply via the LSAC electronic application and register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
A completed application consists of:
- LSAC application form
- submission of the University’s Supplemental Admission Information and Residency Affidavit
- $30 application fee
- LSAT score
- completed CAS report
- Personal Statement or Academic Statement
The following are optional, but as Levin College of Law seeks to enroll a class with diverse interests and backgrounds, these items are strongly recommended as they assist the Admissions Committee in assessing an applicant’s potential for success in law school:
- Letters of Recommendation & Evaluations
- Diversity Statement
- Addendum (for those wishing to discuss any unique issues not already included in the application)
Q. Are letters of recommendation and LSAC Evaluations required?
A. The Levin College of Law strongly encourages candidates to submit up to four letters of recommendation. Recommenders should evaluate in detail the applicant’s academic performance and skills, academic activities, community service, and/or employment.Please note that the Levin College of Law does not consider personal recommendations (for example, those from family, friends or persons who have never taught or supervised the applicant in a professional setting). The Levin College of Law will also accept up to four LSAC Evaluations.
Letters of recommendation and evaluations are not required; therefore, action will proceed with or without these items once all required materials are received. While the Levin College of Law is unable to acknowledge receipt of letters, candidates may verify receipt of documents using the Applicant Status Online.
Candidates have two options for submitting letters of recommendation:
- 1. LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service: The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that letters be submitted through the LSAC LOR Service included with the CAS registration.
- 2. Submit letters directly to the Levin College of Law: Letters submitted directly to the Levin College of Law should be on letterhead and accompanied by the cover form available in the “Forms” tab of the LSAC electronic application web site.
Q. Are there advantages to applying early?
A. Applying early allows for the possibility of receiving a final decision much earlier in the process and for applying for financial aid in a timely manner. It also allows time to correct possible problems with the initial application. We strongly recommend applying early as this will place applicants in the best possible position for admission and scholarship consideration.
Q. What if my application is completed after the recommended March 15 application deadline?
A. Applications completed after the recommended March 15 deadline will be reviewed and given every due consideration. However, these applications may not be guaranteed a timely decision and could affect an applicant’s potential for scholarships or grants.
Q. What if I have a disciplinary record?
A. It is always best to answer questions concerning your disciplinary record fully and openly, and to provide explanations. Disciplinary records are not necessarily detrimental to potential admittance to law school. Information that is inaccurate or omitted from the application, however, may be detrimental not only to a law school acceptance but also to certification by a State Bar authority.
Q. Are all applications read?
A. Yes. Each application is carefully evaluated by the UF Law Admissions Committee.
Q. What if I have other questions or concerns about the application process?
A. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (352) 273-0890 or toll-free at (877)429-1297 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Admissions Process
Q. If I take the LSAT more than once, which score will be used?
A. Multiple LSAT scores are all reported by the LSAC in your LSAT Law School Report and are considered by the Admissions Committee. Applicants are encouraged to explain differences in multiple scores in an addendum.
Q. What should I do if I did not do well on the LSAT?
A. The Admissions Committee bases its selection not only on an applicant’s academic credentials (LSAT score, GPA, level of writing skills, breadth of studies), but also on other criteria, including, but not limited to, an applicant’s work and other life experience, leadership experience, depth of particular interest, and any other aspect of an applicant’s background suggesting a suitability for the study and practice of law.
Applicants who feel that they did not perform well on the LSAT, may re-take the LSAT, and/or may also explain their score in an addendum. Applicants are encouraged to explain any factors that they feel may have been detrimental to their testing. (For example, applicants may give evidence that in the past they have outperformed predictions based on performance on other standardized tests).
Q. Are there minimum GPA and/or LSAT requirements applicants must meet for consideration for admission?
A. There are no “cut-off” GPAs or LSAT scores below which an applicant will not be considered. Our review process attempts to rigorously evaluate students based on a variety of characteristics, not on computational methods or mechanical shortcuts.
Q. When will my application be reviewed?
A. Applications are reviewed when all required materials have been received. Once review of an application is completed, a decision of admit, hold for further review, or deny will be made.
Q. When are decisions made?
A. UF Law reviews files on a modified rolling admissions basis and applicants could be notified of a decision as early as October, with notifications continuing through late July. Candidates are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. Applying early allows for the possibility of receiving a final decision much earlier in the process and for applying for financial aid in a timely manner. It also allows time to correct possible problems with the initial application. We strongly recommend applying early as this will place applicants in the best possible position for admission and scholarship consideration.
Q. What is Applicant Status Online (ASO)?
A: Applicant Status Online(ASO)
allows applicants to check their application status throughout the admissions process. This site allows applicants to view their current application status and the receipt of materials such as the resume, admissions statement, and letters of recommendation. Applicants can also view their current contact information and also read announcements from UF Law Admissions.
These are the statuses that UF Law uses in the ASO:
Application Received: Your application was received and Admissions is currently verifying documents.
Processing Application and Documents: Your application was either recently received and is being processed or is missing required items. This status will change when all of the required items are received and processed.
All Required Documents Received: All required documents have been received and your application will soon be reviewed.
Under Initial Review by Committee: Your file is complete and the Admissions Committee is currently evaluating your application.
Hold: The Admissions Committee will continue evaluating your file as other applications are received. UF Law receives a competitive pool of applications each year and many files are held for additional consideration. Our decision process is ongoing. At the very latest, we will have a final decision on your file in early spring. In the meantime, the Admissions Committee is very happy to consider any updates to your file, such as an updated resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts and new LSAT scores.
The Enrolled Class
Q. What are the LSAT and GPA medians of recently enrolled students?
A. As of August 11, 2015, the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA for the Fall 2015 entering class was 157 and 3.50.
Q. From what schools does the Levin College of Law accept students?
A. The Levin College of Law accepts students from a wide variety of undergraduate institutions throughout the United States and overseas. University of Florida undergraduates are not at any particular advantage or disadvantage over students from other institutions. The Fall 2015 entering class of 312 students represented 72 undergraduate college and universities.
Q. How many UF Law students admitted each year are state residents and how many are non-Florida residents?
A. In recent years, students qualifying as state residents have made up about 85-89 percent of the entering class. UF Law does not have a cap on out-of-state students. Of those who enter as non-residents, the vast majority will gain residency status after the first year.
Q. How many students are enrolled at UF Law each year, and what is the total enrollment?
A. Between 290 and 320 new students are expected to enroll each fall. The average annual student body size is about 975 JD students.
Q. How diverse is the Levin College of Law student body?
A. Our student body is our biggest asset, and our goal is to admit an extraordinary mix of students with varying backgrounds and experiences who — individually and collectively — will respect and learn from each other. The composition of the Fall 2015 enrolled class is: 56 percent men, 44 percent women and 31 percent minority.
Q. What are the eligibility requirements for transfer applicants?
A. To be eligible to apply to UF Law as a transfer applicant, candidates must be attending a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. In addition, a transfer applicant’s academic rank must be in the upper third of their class or higher after completion of the required first-year curriculum.
Q. How many credits may be transferred?
A. UF Law will accept up to 29 credit hours.
Q. What are the application requirements for transfer applicants?
A. Transfer applicants must use the UF Law LSAC Online Application with the required documents electronically attached (résumé and admissions statement), ensure that their LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is current, and submit a completed UF Law transfer certification form and an official law school transcript.
Q. What are the eligibility requirements for visiting students?
A. To be eligible to apply to UF Law as a visitor applicant, candidates must have completed two years of study at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. In addition, applicants must also be in good academic standing at their current institution, be eligible to return to that school, and have permission from their current law school to visit at UF Law.
Q. What are the application requirements for visitor applicants?
A. Transfer applicants must use the online application available at www.lsac.org and should attach all required documents electronically (résumé and academic admissions statement). In addition, transfer applicants must ensure that their LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is current and must submit a completed UF Law transfer certification form and an official law school transcript.
Q. Are admitted transfer students eligible to participate in Law Review and other journals?
A. Yes, admitted transfer students may participate in Law Review and journals.
Q. Are admitted transfer students eligible to participate in the Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) program?
A. Yes, admitted transfer students are eligible to participate in Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) program if their applications for admission complete in a timely manner.
Q. Are admitted transfer students eligible for merit scholarships and need-based grants?
A. Admitted transfer students are not eligible for merit scholarships and need-based grants.
Q. Are admitted visitor students eligible to apply for or participate in financial aid, merit scholarships, Law Review, other journals, or the On-Campus Interviews program?
A. Admitted visitor students are not eligible to apply for or participate in financial aid, merit scholarships, Law Review, other journals, or the On-Campus Interview program.
About UF Law Grads
Q. What is the Bar exam passage rate?
A. The bar pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2015 Florida bar exam was 87.3%.
Q. What are the employment rates for recent graduates?