Standards for J.D. Admission
The admissions policy of the University of Florida Levin College of Law furthers the mission of the College of Law: excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public and fostering justice.
The College of Law has a responsibility as a state institution to educate lawyers who will serve the legal needs of all citizens and communities in Florida. The College of Law seeks to admit and enroll students who will distinguish themselves in serving the state, region and nation through the practice of law, formulation of public policy, legal scholarship, and other law-related activities.
Legal education is enhanced in a student body composed of people with different backgrounds who contribute a variety of viewpoints to enrich the educational experience. This diversity is important because lawyers must be prepared to analyze and interpret the law, understand and appreciate competing arguments, represent diverse clients and constituencies in many different forums, and develop policies affecting a broad range of people.
Thus, the College of Law seeks to admit and enroll students who, collectively, bring to its educational program a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, interests and perspectives. The breadth and variety of perspectives to which graduates of the College of Law are exposed while in law school will enable them to provide outstanding service in many different public and private capacities.
Through its admissions process, the College of Law hopes to admit students who will excel academically, attain the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity, and bring vision, creativity and commitment to the legal profession.
The College of Law gives substantial weight to numerical predictors of academic success (undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores). Numbers alone, however, are not dispositive. The College of Law considers all information submitted by applicants. Factors such as the difficulty of prior academic programs, academic honors, letters of recommendation from instructors, or graduate training may provide additional information about academic preparation and potential. In some cases, demonstrated interest, prior training, or a variety of experiences may indicate that an applicant is particularly well-suited to take advantage of specialized educational opportunities.
Information about work experience, leadership, community service, overcoming prior disadvantages or commitment to serve those for whom legal services have been unavailable or difficult to obtain may show that an applicant is in a unique position to add diversity to the law school community or to make significant contributions to the practice of law.
The Admissions staff and the Faculty Admissions Committee base their selection on the applicant’s academic credentials, including LSAT score, UGPA, level of writing skills, breadth of studies, and on other criteria, including, but not limited to, the applicant’s work and other life experience, leadership experience, depth of particular interest, and any other aspect of an applicant’s background suggesting a suitability for the study and practice of law.
Ineligibility for Admission
Applicants who have received a law degree (or bachelor’s degree combined with a law program) from a U.S. institution are not eligible for admission to the College of Law.
Applicants who have attended another law school and are not in good standing or are ineligible to return as a continuing student are not eligible to apply to the Levin College of Law.
Prior Law School Attendees
Applicants who have attended another law school must submit a written statement about their attendance, a complete transcript, and a statement from their dean indicating class rank and certifying they are in good standing and eligible to return to the institution as a continuing student. Those not in good standing or ineligible to return as a continuing student are not eligible to apply to the College of Law. In addition, credit is not given for correspondence courses or other work completed in residence at a non-ABA accredited law school.