Application Instructions

The Application Procedure

Transfer/Visiting student applicants must be enrolled in good standing at ABA-accredited law schools. Early application is encouraged, beginning May 1. Marquette University Law School utilizes a paperless JD application process. Candidates apply using the online application, accessible from the LSAC website or the Marquette Law School website. Please refrain from submitting any materials to the Office of Admissions in hard-copy form except where instructed; see Checklist. The application fee payment of $50 must be submitted via credit card or debit check card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa); please do not submit payment via cash, check, or money order. LSAC reports will be requested for transfer applicants.

Offers of admission are for the upcoming fall. All offers of admission are conditioned upon the applicant providing an official, final baccalaureate transcript from his/her degree-granting institution and an official law school transcript, prior to enrollment.

Again, early application is encouraged, beginning May 1. The Admissions Committee reviews files in the order in which they are completed. Typically, applicants receive notification from the Admissions Committee by early August. Applicants are promptly notified on a rolling basis of any action taken on their applications by the Admissions Committee. Admitted applicants will be required to submit tuition deposits.

If a candidate will apply for a joint degree program, he/she must submit two distinct applications, one to the Law School and one to the other school/program, and must fulfill all of the application requirements (entrance examinations, fees, deadlines, etc.) for each program.

In the interest of equity, no evaluative interviews are conducted as part of the application review process. Applicants are welcome, however, to submit in writing any information they believe is relevant to their applications.

Completing Your Law School Application

Please answer each question fully. If additional space is needed for any response, please use electronic attachments and reference your response. Résumés are strongly encouraged. An electronic certification is required. Please see the Checklist for more information.

Reapplicants

Those reapplying for admission are required to submit a current version of the Law School application, an addendum to the application summarizing their activities since the previous application was made, an application fee, and to renew their Credential Assembly Service registration, if necessary. The items from the prior application that may be reused are recommendation(s), the personal statement, and, if submitted, any optional statement(s).

Transfer Applicants

Applicants seeking admission as transfer students will be considered if they are (a) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school where they have completed one year (two full semesters) of law school and (b) are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school. Applicants admitted with advanced standing must complete a minimum of 56 credits at Marquette. Transfer applications may be submitted beginning May 1; the deadline to apply is July 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Visiting Students

Students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in good standing, and are eligible to continue at their law school may, with the permission of their home law school, visit at Marquette provided all courses completed at Marquette will be applied to degree requirements at their home law school. Students may visit for the fall or spring semester or both.

Financial Aid Information

Information regarding the electronic version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and related information will be automatically sent to admitted applicants.

Checklist

For both transfer and visiting applicants, all materials relating to admission or the Law School application, once submitted, become property of Marquette University Law School and will not be returned.

Transfer

  • Completed application form with electronic certification
  • Descriptive statements(s) regarding affirmative response(s) to character and fitness questions, if applicable
  • Personal statement (usually discussing the reasons the applicant is seeking to transfer to Marquette Law School)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (strongly encouraged)
  • $50 application fee (payable by credit card or debit card only)
  • Official law school transcript of all work (sealed, official hard copy should be submitted directly to Office of Admissions at Marquette Law School)
  • Letter of standing from dean of or appropriate official at current law school certifying student is in good standing and eligible to continue; the letter may also indicate class rank, if available (hard copy should be submitted directly to Office of Admissions at Marquette Law School)
  • Official, final undergraduate transcript and any applicable graduate transcripts (sealed, official hard copies should be submitted directly to Office of Admissions at Marquette Law School)
  • A letter of recommendation is not required to complete an application for transfer or visiting student admission, but will be reviewed if submitted.

Please be aware that the Office of Admissions will request the LSAT/LSAC Law School Reports for transfer applicants from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The duration of a CAS registration is five years; in most cases, applicants should not need to reregister with CAS. Applicants will be charged a fee by the service for the transmission of this data. For more information, please visit LSAC.org.

Visitor

  • Completed application form with electronic certification
  • Descriptive statements(s) regarding affirmative response(s) to character and fitness questions, if applicable
  • Personal statement (usually discussing the reasons the applicant is seeking visiting student status at Marquette Law School)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (strongly encouraged)
  • $50 application fee (payable by credit card or debit card only)
  • Official law school transcript of all work (sealed, official hard copy should be submitted directly to Office of Admissions at Marquette Law School)
  • Letter of standing from dean of or appropriate official at current law school certifying student is in good standing and eligible to continue, and that all courses taken at Marquette will be applied to degree requirements at the "home" law school; the letter should also indicate any required coursework or conditions for granting credits (hard copy should be submitted directly to Office of Admissions at Marquette Law School)
  • A letter of recommendation is not required to complete an application for transfer or visiting student admission, but will be reviewed if submitted.