First-Year Applicants


Key Dates

  • Sept. 1: Application period opens
  • March 15: Priority deadline for merit scholarship consideration
  • June 1: Application period ends


First-year J.D. applicants are individuals who have either:

  • graduated (or will graduate) from a regionally accredited college or university before fall enrollment
  • left an ABA-accredited law school in good standing and have not completed the first year of full-time enrollment

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  • First-year J.D. students are accepted for the fall semester only.
  • Georgia State Law has a rolling admission policy.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required to register.
  • Georgia State Law cannot admit students who are ineligible for readmission to another law school.
  • You must submit all required documents through the Credential Assembly Service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
  • Never send documents directly to our office unless requested.
  • We do not grant personal interviews.
  • For more information, sign up for an information session or class visit.
  • The faculty admissions committee reviews files from January until the class is full.
  • Full-time students cannot work more than 20 hours per week at any combination of jobs.

Steps to Apply

Complete and submit the online application form, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee (paid by debit card, credit card or online check), through LSAC. Keep a copy of your application for your personal files.
Include a personal statement with your online application. This is your opportunity to describe why you are pursuing legal study at Georgia State Law and highlight any experiences, qualifications or other information you believe to be relevant. The statement should be no more than two double-spaced pages.
Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS will forward your Law School Report after all required documentation has been received. This service requires at least three to four weeks before the application deadline to receive, process and forward your materials to the College of Law.
LSAC administers the LSAT six times annually. Applicants must take the LSAT no later than the June test administration preceding the desired fall enrollment. Our admissions committee considers the last three years of your LSAT scores in the decision process.
Submit two to four letters of recommendation, no more than two years old, through your LSAC Law School Report. We prefer letters from professors who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. If you have been out of school for multiple years, employer references will suffice.
We will notify you by email once your application has been received. This message will include your login credentials to monitor your status via the Applicant Status Online system.

Admissions Disclaimer

Personal interviews are not part of the application process. Admissions staff members may assist you with the application process, but have no authority to make admission decisions. You should not construe any of their statements as promises or contracts binding to Georgia State Law.