Academic Standards

Admission guarantees the Scholar a place in Marquette Law School, after completion of the third year of undergraduate studies and by completing the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) requirements, the respective undergraduate college curriculum and major requirements, such that no greater than 29 total elective credits remain to complete the undergraduate degree.

Students maintain a place in the Law School by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Enroll in spring semester Freshman Scholars Seminar (1 credit), “Lawyers in American Society.” (Recommended course for direct freshmen Pre-Law Scholars only; available as course space permits to continuing students entering the program.)
  • Attain a cumulative 3.300 grade point average or a grade point average that is equal to or greater than the median GPA of the preceding year’s entering class (whichever is lesser) by the time of application/entrance to Marquette Law School. This encompasses all college coursework whether taken at Marquette University or another institution. All transfer coursework from other institution(s) whether summer sessions, concurrent coursework, or college credit obtained via a dual enrollment program while in high school is included in this calculation. Specific questions regarding this standard should be directed to the Law School Office of Admissions.
  • Earn a score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of 155 or one that is equal to or greater than the median score of the preceding year’s entering class at the Law School in order to meet the requirements for early admission to the Law School, whichever is lesser. The LSAT must be taken no later than February of the year that you apply to the Law School. The Law School’s Admissions Committee considers the highest score you receive.
  • Meet the Law School’s standards for character and fitness. Behaviors and/or activities that lead to University Probation may result in removal from the program and impact admission to Marquette University Law School. Such activities include, but are not limited to, academic dishonesty or any activity deemed inappropriate, unethical or illegal.
  • Be on track to fulfill Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) requirements, the respective undergraduate college curriculum and major requirements, such that you have no greater than 29 total elective credits remaining to complete your undergraduate degree.

Students who are on track to fulfill the MCC, undergraduate college curriculum and major requirements, and other criteria as listed above, but do not meet the above Academic Standards for GPA and/or LSAT may elect to apply to the Law School and be considered for admission as part of the general applicant pool. In such instances, admission to the Law School is not guaranteed. If such students are not admitted to the Law School, they may complete their senior year to fulfill remaining graduation requirements, and they may reapply to the Law School.

Students may choose to complete the fourth year as an undergraduate and/or graduate prior to entering the Law School; in such a case, the student is guaranteed a place in the Law School entering class, provided the academic standards listed above are met. While the Law School is bound to hold a place for Scholars who meet all requirements, students are not obligated to attend Marquette’s Law School. Students may elect to complete the undergraduate degree in the major(s) chosen.