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Criteria for Admission to Law Schools

Law schools consider a variety of factors in deciding which students to admit. However, two factors outweigh the rest - prior academic performance as measured by the undergraduate grade point average and the score on the LSAT.

Undergraduate G.P.A.

Students with less than a "B" average (3.0) can expect difficulty in gaining admission, although a high LSAT score may overcome a low GPA. Students should be aware that while IU Southeast has a policy that allows students to repeat a failed course and have only the passing grade calculated in the GPA, CAS puts all grades of a student, even those failed but repeated for a passing grade and those which did not transfer from a student’s original undergraduate college (if the student attended more than one college) on the CAS format and re-computes the GPA. So students with one or more course grades replaced through the grade replace process will discover that the CAS calculated GPA would be lower than the official GPA from IUS.

The LSAT

About the LSAT

The LSAT is a requirement for admission to law school. It is a national exam offered four times each year: June, late-September or early-October, December and February. Application deadlines are one month before the exam is administered. A student should take the exam in his/her senior year - or the year before the student expects to enroll in law school. For a list of frequently asked questions with their answers please see the LSAT Frequently Asked Questions page.

There are several ways to prepare for the LSAT, ranging from workbooks to professionally designed courses. The Pre-Law Advisor has information about various preparation options, as well as information about fee waivers for those with extreme financial need that cover the cost of two LSAT exams, the CAS registration, and LSAT preparation materials available from the Law School Admission Council.

Other Criteria

Other criteria that may be considered by law school admissions committees are:

  • The rigor of your undergraduate curriculum and major and whether any graduate courses were taken prior to admission
  • High quality letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of writing ability
  • Your personal statement
  • College curricular and extracurricular activities, especially those involving a leadership role
  • Service to your community
  • The reputation and prestige of your undergraduate institution
  • Diversity, individual character and motivation, prior accomplishments

Campus Events

Last day to Withdraw from 2nd 7 week class

Last day to Withdraw from 2nd 7 week class

April 6th, 2020

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Classes end (full-term and 2nd 7 week classes)
Final exams begin

Final exams begin

April 29th, 2020

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Final exams end

Final exams end

May 5th, 2020

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POSTPONED: Academic Honors Convocation

POSTPONED: Academic Honors Convocation

May 7th, 2020

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Transcripts with grades available

Transcripts with grades available

May 11th, 2020

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Official grades available in One.IU

Official grades available in One.IU

May 11th, 2020

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POSTPONED: IU Southeast Commencement

POSTPONED: IU Southeast Commencement

May 11th, 2020

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

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