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First-Year Applicants

 

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UK Law admits first-year students in the fall semester only. There is no part-time program at UK Law. First-year applications are accepted starting on September 1 through March 15. Applicants must apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). For priority consideration with regard to scholarships, applications must be received by February 1 and completed no later than March 1.

First-year application requirements include:

  • Online application and $50.00 fee (via LSAC)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions (via LSAC/CAS)
  • LSAT score(s) from the last 5 years (via LSAC/CAS)
  • Personal Statement (via LSAC)
  • At least 2 Letters of Recommendation (via LSAC/CAS)
  • Other Optional Materials (Resume, addenda, UK Law interest statement) (via LSAC or to UK Law Admissions)

After applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application from UK Law giving you information on accessing the online status checker.

 

Application Fee

UK Law's application fee is $50.00. By applying electronically and paying the application fee via LSAC, your submission constitutes your certification of the truthfulness of the information contained in your application.

 

Undergraduate Transcripts

You must obtain a bachelor's degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning prior to enrollment at UK Law. Please submit transcripts for all schools you have attended to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You must submit your transcripts through CAS even if you attended undergraduate school at UK. The CAS is a centralized service which receives and evaluates, according to a standard scale, your undergraduate transcript(s) and furnishes a report to each law school you designate. Registration for the LSAT and the CAS can be done at the same time through the LSAC website. For your application to be considered complete, we must have a CAS report. If you have questions regarding transcripts or the accreditation of your undergraduate institution, please contact us at uklawadmissions@uky.edu or 859.218.1699. Please visit our International Applicant page, or contact LSAC directly regarding foreign transcripts.

 

Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Score(s)

All applicants must take the LSAT, which is given four times per year at test centers throughout the country and overseas. Information on how to register for the LSAT is available on the LSAC website.

If you have multiple LSAT scores, the UK Law Admissions Committee will consider your highest score when making a decision.

 

Personal Statement

You must submit a personal statement, written by you, in accordance with the instructions on the application. The statement will be used both as a sample of your writing ability and for its insights into your background, goals, and potential for enriching UK Law's academic environment. In your personal statement you may write about any of your accomplishments, particularly meaningful experiences, your reasons for applying to law school, or any other topic of your choosing. Your personal statement should be in 11-12 point font, single-spaced (double-spaced between paragraphs) and a maximum of 3 pages in length.

 

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation from those with personal knowledge of your abilities and qualifications to study law. The Admissions Committee will consider your letters of recommendation only to the extent that writers actually know and can speak to your academic potential, relevant personal qualities, and circumstances. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service.

 

Resume

If you have prepared a resume, please submit it with your application. The inclusion of your resume is strongly preferred, but not required. 

 

Other Materials (optional)

You may submit any other information not originally included with your application that you believe may be relevant for the Admissions Committee to make its decision. The Admissions Committee welcomes and carefully considers whatever information you deem relevant and important to present.  Additionally, if you wish to update or amend your application at any time, please email Admissions Associate Jeanie Powell at jpowell@uky.edu.

 

Admission Decisions and Tuition Deposits

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee begins its evaluation of files in late November of the year before admission, with the majority of decisions being made from January to March. You will be notified regarding the status of your application via email as soon as possible after your file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

If you are offered admission, you will be required to reserve your place in the entering class with two nonrefundable deposits, both of which are applied to your tuition for the fall semester. Your deposits can be paid by credit card online in the Admitted Candidate site or by calling 859.218.1699. You may also pay your deposit by check or money order (made payable to UK College of Law).