Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions and answers refer to the J.D. admissions process and the application for J.D. admission. For information on admission to Marquette University Law School’s LL.M. program in sports law for foreign attorneys please visit this site.

1. How do I request an application?

The Law School no longer publishes a hard-copy application form. Candidates for J.D. admission must apply online.

Candidates are encouraged to access the updated Marquette Law School viewbook which may be requested via mail or downloaded.

2. If I provide a resume and/or supporting academic credentials, via e-mail, for example, can you assess the likelihood of receiving an offer of admission?

Please remember that the staff of the Office of Admissions is not able to assess or predict the likelihood of a candidate’s admission based upon a narrative, a resume or C.V., or a summary of academic credentials submitted via e-mail, or in-person, or by telephone or letter. Only the Admissions Committee can make such judgments, and only after reviewing a complete application. The only way to ascertain if one would be admitted to the Law School is to apply.

3. What are your current deadlines?

The priority deadline to apply for fall full-time entrance is April 1.
The priority deadline to apply for fall part-time entrance is June 1.

4. May law students enter in the spring or summer?

No, law students may only enroll beginning in the fall semester of each academic year.

5. When do you begin accepting applications?

Candidates may begin submitting applications after September 1.

6. Do you follow a rolling admissions process?

Yes, we follow a modified rolling admissions process. Applications are sent to the Admissions Committee as they become complete, and the Committee will begin notifying applicants late in the fall semester, with more decisions sent out periodically throughout the spring and summer. Some candidates may receive decisions relatively quickly based upon the overall and relative strength of their applications. Some candidates' applications will be "wait-listed" for consideration and comparison with the larger applicant pool.

7. Does applying earlier increase my chances of admission?

While the priority deadlines are April 1 for full-time admission and June 1 for part-time admission, respectively, candidates are encouraged to apply earlier in the process rather than later if possible. While it is impossible to quantify the effect of applying earlier in the process on a particular application, as with most things in life, applying earlier is better than applying later.

8. How many letters of recommendation do you require?

One (1) letter of recommendation is required to complete an application for admission. Applicants should use their own judgment in deciding the appropriate number of recommendations needed to support their applications for admission.

9. How should I submit my letters of recommendation?

The Admissions Committee requires that applicants use the LSAC letter of recommendation service. If, for some reason, the use of the service is impossible for a recommender, a recommender may send a signed letter of recommendation directly to the Office of Admissions in hard-copy form via mail; the Admissions Committee does not accept letters of recommendation submitted via e-mail, nor may recommendations be appended to, or inserted (“cut and pasted”) into, an electronic application form.

10. What should I write my personal statement about? How long should it be?

First-year JD applicants should submit a personal statement on a topic of their choosing. As the Admissions Committee does not conduct interviews, the personal statement is each candidate's opportunity to tell the Committee something about him/herself that they cannot learn from the other parts of the application. The personal statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages; please use standard one-inch margins and a font-size no smaller than 11-point. Applicants may provide an additional optional statement discussing their motivation for applying specifically to Marquette University Law School; ideally, the required personal statement should not be written on that topic.

Transfer and visiting student applicants should provide a statement summarizing the reasons they are requesting to transfer to or visit at Marquette Law School as a personal statement.

11. What is your application fee? How may I submit payment?

The application fee is $50.00 U.S., payable by credit or debit card only (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa). Because the application process is now entirely electronic and paperless, neither cash nor checks/money orders will be accepted as payment of the application fee.

12. Do you grant interviews for admission?

No. Because it is not possible to interview all applicants, the Admissions Committee holds it would be unfair to interview any. The personal statement and any optional statement(s) submitted with the application give each candidate the opportunity to convey to the members of the Committee more information than the application form itself allows.

13. Is there any particular undergraduate course work that the Committee values highly?

When reviewing undergraduate transcripts, the Committee looks for a broad range of courses. Courses that require students to develop analytical skills, and/or courses with heavy reading loads that may help students develop their reading and writing skills, can sometimes be of particular value. However, the Committee will not look for nor expect any particular or specific undergraduate major.

14. If I take the LSAT more than once, does the Committee average scores, or consider only the highest score?

In the case of an applicant with more than one LSAT score, the Admissions Committee will receive a test score report for the applicant that discloses all LSAT scores and the average of those scores. The Admissions Committee will give the highest score priority. A candidate is welcome to write and append to the application a supporting statement regarding multiple LSAT scores if he/she can provide compelling, convincing evidence explaining why a lower LSAT score should be considered aberrant.

15. Do you accept the February LSAT administration for fall admission?

As our priority deadlines are not until April and June, respectively, the February LSAT administration is acceptable. See also #7 above.

16. What is the oldest LSAT score you will accept for Fall 2014 admission?

The Admissions Committee considers LSAT scores valid for five years preceding the application deadline. Consequently, the oldest LSAT administration considered valid for Fall 2014 entrance is the June 2009 administration.

17. What is the statistical profile of the most recent entering class, including LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA's, the percentage of women and students of color, the number of enrolled students, etc.?

An entering class profile may be found on this website.

18. What is your bar passage rate? Please explain diploma privilege.

Marquette University Law School prepares its graduates to practice wherever they wish, including states that require bar exams. Marquette University Law School graduates who meet character and fitness standards are admitted without examination to the practice of law in Wisconsin, thus qualifying for admission as well to the federal courts in Wisconsin and for reciprocity privileges in many other states. In other words, 100% of Marquette University Law School graduates are admitted to the bar in the state of Wisconsin, while remaining eligible to sit for the bar exam in all other states.

19. What is the tuition?

For full-time students, this year's tuition is $39,850/year, or $19,925/semester.
For part-time students, this year's tuition is $1590/credit hour.

20. May I visit the Law School?

The Office of Admissions hosts information sessions for prospective J.D. applicants. Information for visitors may be found on this website.

21. Do you enroll transfer students?

J.D. students who have completed one year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school, who are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school, and who would otherwise be competitive for regular admission to the Marquette University Law School, may apply for transfer admission. Transfer students may only enroll in the fall semester. Transfer applications are due July 1 preceding fall enrollment. More information on transfer admission may be found on this website.

22. Do you enroll third-year visiting students?

Students in good standing and eligible to continue at an ABA-accredited law school may attend Marquette as visiting students provided all course work taken at Marquette will be applied to degree requirements at their home law school. More information on visiting student admission may be found on this website.

23. I hold a baccalaureate from a foreign undergraduate school. May I apply for J.D. admission?

Yes. International applicants to the J.D. program must take the LSAT. In addition to the LSAT, international applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must use the LSAC/LSDAS Credential Assembly Service. More information on the Credential Assembly Service and on applying as an international student may be found on this website. Marquette Law School has recently established a one-year graduate LL.M. program for foreign-educated attorneys strongly interested in the study of sports law and related fields. For more information on that program please visit this site.

24. May admitted students defer enrollment?

No. Offers of admission are for the upcoming academic year only. Applicants offered admission who cannot enroll in the entering class should withdraw their applications; they are welcome to reapply in the following admissions cycle. Admitted applicants who withdraw their applications will be at no special advantage or disadvantage in the subsequent application year.

25. How do I reapply?

To reapply a candidate must fill out a new online application and pay the application fee. The submission of an entirely new personal statement and an updated resume is strongly encouraged. Most applications made within the last four to five years should still be retained in our electronic archive, and will be pulled from the archive and matched to the new application form. A reapplicant is welcome to submit a new letter(s) of recommendation, although if the previously submitted recommendation(s) remains on file with LSAC, that is acceptable. In most cases, reapplicants should not have to reregister with LSAC CAS as CAS subscriptions are valid for five years. Questions about a CAS subscription should be directed to LSAC: www.lsac.org.