Pre-Law Advisors Resource Page

IMG_9296editUF Law’s Pre-Law advising page is designed to serve as a resource and reference for pre-law and academic advising staff as you work with prospective applicants. We encourage you to read through the website and hope you find the information helpful as you guide students through the law school search and application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are your standards for admissions?

A. UF Law gives substantial weight to numerical predictors of academic success (undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores). Numbers alone, however, are not dispositive. UF 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.

Q. When are decisions made?

A. Applicants are notified of a decision as early as November and notifications continue through late April. The Admissions Committee uses a modified rolling admissions process. Files are reviewed in the order in which they are completed, but decisions are not necessarily made in the order in which applications are received and reviewed. With a large volume of applications received each year, the Levin College of Law uses a holistic review process, and many files are held for additional review throughout the admissions cycle.

Q.How does the Admissions Committee review multiple LSAT scores?

A. Applicants should take the LSAT no later than February to ensure their file is complete by the March 15th application deadline. UF Law will consider ALL scores reported in the CAS report and will examine trends in performance. It is recommended that applicants discuss any score differentiation in an addendum. UF Law does not average scores.

Q.Are there minimum GPA and/or LSAT requirements that applicants must meet for consideration for admission?

A. There are no “cut-off” GPAs or LSAT scores below which an applicant will not be considered. Our review process attempts to rigorously evaluate students based on a variety of characteristics, not on computational methods or mechanical shortcuts.

Q.What is the acceptance rate?

A. For fall 2013, UF Law received approximately 1,700applications for an incoming class of 320 JD students. Nearly 850 of the 1,700 candidates were offered admission. Students matriculate from over 86 different undergraduate institutions, with approximately 9% being out- of -state students.

Q.Do you grant interviews as part of the admissions process?

A.Due to our large applicant pool, we are unable to grant interviews. The admissions academic statement serves as “an interview on paper.”

Q. Are there certain degrees or majors that better prepare students for a law school program?

A.Law is an ever changing, evolving and diverse profession that requires practitioners to represent individuals and groups from every part of society. Legal careers are varied and as such, law schools do not recommend one particular major over another but rather looks for depth and breadth of skills, mainly within critical thinking, writing and research.

The Application

Q.What is your deadline?

A.Application materials become available online at www.lsac.org on September 1 of each year for the entering class in the following fall. The application filing and completion deadline for the JD program is March 15.

Q. What are the requirements to apply?

A. The Admissions Committee requires the following to complete and review a file:

  1. LSAT score(s)
  2. CAS- registering and filing all official transcripts with the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service
  3. UF Law LSAC electronic application
  4. UF supplemental application & $ 30 application fee
  5. Academic Admissions Statement
  6. Resume

The following components are optional, but as Levin College of Law seeks to enroll a class with diverse interests and backgrounds, these items are strongly recommended as they assist the Admissions Committee in assessing an applicant’s potential for success in law school

  1. Letters of Recommendation & Evaluations
  2. Diversity Statement
  3. Addendum – for those applicants wishing to discuss any unique issues not already included in the application.

Q. Is there an essay question with the application? Does UF Law require an essay as part of the application process?

A. The Admissions Committee requires applicants to submit an Academic Admissions Statement that 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 honors or graduate theses or a dissertation. Differing from other institutions, this is NOT a personal statement and therefore should not include personal/family history, problems or disadvantages encountered during educational career, hobbies, etc. The optional diversity statement and addendum can highlight that information as needed.

Q. Are letters of recommendation and LSAC Evaluations required?

A. 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 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). We 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.

Q. How should an applicant respond to disciplinary questions on the application?

A. It is always best to answer questions concerning a disciplinary record fully and openly and to provide explanations. Disciplinary records are not necessarily detrimental to potential admittance to law school. Information that is inaccurate or omitted from the application, however, may be detrimental not only to a law school acceptance but also to verification by a State Bar authority. It is strongly recommended that applicants carefully review the “Character and Fitness” section of the UF Law application instructions available at www.law.ufl.edu/admissions and on the LSAC online application service.

Financial Aid

Q. Do you off Financial Aid & Scholarships?

A.

  • Merit -based scholarship awards are based on information collected in the application for admission. Scholarship decisions are made beginning in December and completed by April. Recipients of such awards are notified via postal mail. Merit/need awards are granted to those students who demonstrate high achievement in addition to high financial need based upon information provided through the FASFA form.
  • Law students are eligible to apply for Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Additional information on Financial Aid & Scholarships is available at: www.law.ufl.edu/students/financial/

Visiting the UF Law Campus

Q. Can I visit the UF Law campus

A. Tours and class visits for prospective and admitted students can be scheduled Monday-Friday when classes are in session. Members of the law school’s Student Recruitment Team (SRT) host a 30 minute walking tour. Additionally, the Levin College of Law hosts an Admitted Students Day in April, as well as two information sessions for prospective applicants in the fall and spring. For more information visit: www.law.ufl.edu/admissions/

Alumni & Employment

Q. What is UF Law known for? Do you have any specialties or focus?

A. The Levin College of Law was founded in 1909 as the first public law program in Florida. Today it is consistently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top quarter of public law schools in the nation. UF Law has been recognized for its leading programs in taxation, environmental and land use law, international law, dispute resolution, family law and advocacy. With over six centers, seven clinics and various institutes, the opportunities for co-curricular involvement and internships/externships abound.

Q. What percentage of students pass the bar?

A. UF Law has the most consistent, sustained record of successful bar exam results in Florida. The Class of 2012 bar passage rate was 91.2% for first-time takers, exceeding all first-time takers in the state by 12.1%

Q. What percentage of students are employed after graduation?

A. As of February 2013 (6-9 months post-graduation), the placement success rate for the Class of 2012 is 80.7%. For detailed employment information, visit: www.law.ufl.edu/career and click on “Employment Statistics.”

Q. Where can you go with a UF Law degree? Where do Alumni work?

A. UF Law hosts one of the largest on-campus interview programs in the Southeast. During past fall and spring recruiting seasons it was typical to host over two hundred legal employers who visited UF Law to interview students. UF Law students also participate in 14 different regional off campus interview programs located in cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. From the 2012graduating class, 222 alumni remained in the state of Florida to practice law, while other areas represented include Washington, D.C. and Georgia.

Q. What are the benefits of a UF law education?

A. The Levin College of Law has a tradition of preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. Graduates are represented by the majority of The Florida Bar presidents as well as more ABA presidents than any other law school within the past 30 years. With over 18,000 active alumni located throughout the state and globally, the networking and recruitment opportunities are one of the largest in the Southeast. The Levin College of Law campus has seen a significant transformation within the past 5 years, with the opening of facilities such as the 80,000 sq. ft. Lawton Chiles Legal Library, and the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center that houses state-of-the-art trial facilities including a fully functional trial and appellate courtroom.

Student Life & Gainesville, FL

Q. What is Gainesville like?

A. Gainesville consistently ranks as one of the best values and best places to live in the nation, in part due to the art community, natural environment and the benefits associated with being the hometown to a major university. National Geographic has named it one of the “50 best places to live and play”. With a population of about 125,000, Gainesville is a thriving college town with lots to do on and off campus. With over 65 % of the county offering lakes, wetlands, and trails, and with sandy beaches two hours away, the outdoor activities and adventures are endless.

Q. What type of support services and academic services do you offer students?

A. Housed on the law campus itself and located in Holland Hall, the Office of Student Affairs provides and coordinates a variety of services that include: academic counseling and support, registration, financial aid, multicultural programming, exchange and study abroad programs and orientation. In addition, the Center for Career Development (CDC) coordinates recruiting activities between students, alumni and employers. The CDC also provides law students and alumni with a wide range of career resources including individual career counseling and career education workshops and programs.

Q. As members of the law school community, do students have access to all university facilities?

A. All UF Law students are members of the UF community. With the Gator 1 ID card, students can access and utilize all campus services/facilities including recreation and athletics, dining and transportation to name a few.