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Required Documents

Levin College of Law LSAC Online Application

J.D. applicants are required to use the Levin College of Law LSAC online application available at www.LSAC.org.

The fall 2015 JD LSAC Online Application will be available at www.lsac.org on September 2.

Application Fee and Fee Waivers

The Levin College of Law will waive the $30 application fee for candidates who received an LSAC Fee Waiver. The $30 application fee will automatically be waived for LSAC fee-waived candidates upon submission of the LSAC online application.

UF Law offers merit-based application fee waivers by invitation only to candidates whose profiles typically meet or exceed both a 160 LSAT score and a 3.50 undergraduate GPA. Invitations to apply to UF Law using a merit fee waiver are emailed to those candidates who are registered for LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS) and meet the above criteria. Invitations will be sent in October after the September LSAT scores have been released and after credentials have been verified through LSAC.

Application fees are non-refundable. The $30 application fee cannot be refunded to candidates who might qualify for a waiver, but apply before receiving the invitation. Also, please note that the fee waiver process begins anew each application cycle and the information above is effective at the beginning of each cycle. A fee waiver is only valid for that particular application cycle.

Residency Affidavit and Other Required Supplemental Data

Within 5 business days after submission of the online application, the Levin College of Law will send an email acknowledging receipt of the application. This email will provide instructions regarding payment of the non-refundable $30 application fee and the completion of the required University of Florida Supplemental Admission Information and Residency Affidavit. Submission of the application fee and the supplemental forms will be done via the University’s online system.

LSAT and CAS Report

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores are valid for five years. In the absence of documentation that a candidate was ill, or that some other unusual condition occurred during one of the tests, all LSAT scores are considered. Applicants should discuss score differentiation in an addendum. While all scores are considered, the Admissions Committee will note the highest LSAT score.

Applicants are required to register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which centralizes and standardizes undergraduate academic records and provides them to the law schools to which candidates apply. Registration is valid for five years from the date that the LSAT/CAS registration form is processed. Applicants must ensure that undergraduate transcripts from each college, university or high school/university dual enrollment program attended are on file with the CAS, and that they have selected the University of Florida Levin College of Law as one of the law schools to which the CAS Law School Report should be sent. Sending a transcript from only one institution attended is not sufficient even if the transcript contains grades from previous institutions. The law school code for the University of Florida Levin College of Law is 5812.

Upon submission of the online application, the CAS report will be requested automatically and will become available to the Levin College of Law as soon as the CAS file is complete. The CAS report contains the LSAT score(s) and transcript information.

Applicants should send updated transcripts to the CAS well in advance of the Levin College of Law’s March 15th completion deadline. The Credential Assembly Service requires two to three weeks to process transcripts.

Important Note for Foreign-Educated Applicants: The University of Florida Levin College of Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) which will authenticate and evaluate your transcripts.

Foreign-educated applicants must take the LSAT; the Levin College of Law does not require the TOEFL for the JD program.

Applicants who completed any postsecondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, must use the CAS for the evaluation of foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is foreign work completed through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and where the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

Please see www.LSAC.org for more details about the CAS.

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Academic Admissions Statement

The Levin College of Law seeks to enroll a class with varied backgrounds and academic skills. Such diversity contributes to the learning environment of the law school, and historically has produced graduates who have served all segments of society and who have become leaders in many fields of law. To better assess such qualities, the Levin College of Law requires each applicant to write an Academic Admissions Statement not to exceed four double-spaced pages in a font no smaller than 12 pt.

This statement is not a personal statement and should focus on academic skills and experiences. The statement may include, but need not be limited to, information regarding academic interests, academic experiences and scholarly activities. Academic information should focus on undergraduate and post-graduate work and may include relevant experiences gained in a professional work setting. Examples of academic information include research experiences and projects such as lab research projects and extensive research papers, senior or graduate theses or dissertations. The applicant’s academic experiences and academic skills should be the dominant theme of the statement.

The Levin College of Law strongly encourages applicants to upload the Academic Admissions Statement via the LSAC online application web site.

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Résumé

All applicants are required to submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) which should include specific factual information about education, honors and awards, extracurricular or community activities, publications, work history, military service and/or foreign language proficiencies. Time frames should be clearly defined and descriptions should be detailed.

The Levin College of Law strongly encourages applicants to upload résumés or CV’s via the LSAC online application web site.

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Optional Documents

Diversity Statement

Lawyers serve critical roles in our society. As our society becomes increasingly diverse, the Levin College of Law requires a broadly diverse student body to achieve its mission of excellence in education, research and service. Broad diversity encompasses life experiences, socioeconomic background, ethnicity and race, gender and other attributes and provides multi-cultural learning opportunities.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a statement describing the diverse skills that they have developed, including relevant specific life experiences, and how such skills and experiences would foster diversity at the Levin College of Law. Applicants should focus on their interests, unique abilities, and personal background (including, but not limited, to information about socioeconomic background, first generation status, gender, ethnicity and race and other relevant attributes).

The Diversity Statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 pt. Text from the Academic Admissions Statement should not be repeated in the Diversity Statement.

The Levin College of Law strongly encourages applicants to upload the Diversity statement via the LSAC online application web site.

Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation Forms

The Levin College of Law strongly encourages candidates to submit up to four letters of recommendation. Recommenders should evaluate in detail the applicant’s academic performance and skills, academic activities, community service, and/or employment.

Please note that the Levin College of Law does not consider personal recommendations (for example, those from family, friends or persons who have never taught or supervised the applicant in a professional setting).

The Levin College of Law will also accept up to four LSAC Evaluations.

Letters of recommendation and evaluations are not required; therefore, action will proceed with or without these items once all required materials are received. While the Levin College of Law is unable to acknowledge receipt of letters, candidates may verify receipt of documents using the Application Status Online (ASO).

Candidates have two options for submitting letters of recommendation:

  • LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service: The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that letters be submitted through the LSAC LOR Service included with the CAS registration.
  • Submit letters directly to the Levin College of Law: Letters submitted directly to the Levin College of Law should be on letterhead and accompanied by the cover form available in the “Forms” tab of the LSAC online application web site.

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Addenda and Other Materials

Applicants who wish to discuss any unique issue may submit a separate one-page addendum with their application. This document may include, but need not be limited to, information about poor grade progression, history of standardized testing, linguistic barriers, or a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage.

The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that applicants upload any addenda, including Character and Fitness explanations/documentation, via the LSAC online application web site.

The following should not be included with the application: writing samples, newspaper/magazine articles, photographs, CDs, DVDs, audio cassettes or videotapes. These items will not be evaluated as part of the application and will not be returned to the applicant.

It is strongly recommended that applicants keep copies of their applications for their reference.

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