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.
UF Law seeks to admit students who will:
- excel academically
- attain the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity
- bring vision, creativity, and commitment to the legal profession
- distinguish themselves in serving the state, nation, and world through the practice of law, formulation of public policy, legal scholarship, and other law-related activities.
Thus, the College of Law seeks to enroll students who, collectively, bring to its educational program a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, interests, and perspectives. The breadth and variety of viewpoints 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.
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, 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 J.D. ApplicationApply Now at LSAC.org
For application-related questions, please contact Assoc. Dir.-Operations Beth Easton via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Options and Deadlines
Thanks for your interest in University of Florida Levin College of Law. The UF Law JD application is available September 15, 2022 – apply via the Levin College of Law LSAC online application at www.lsac.org.
Regular Decision Timeline
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September 15, 2022
- Application Available
March 15, 2023
- Recommended submission/completion Deadline
June 2023 LSAT
- Last LSAT accepted for Fall 2023
July 15, 2023
- Application Closes
For the Fall 2023 cycle, UF Law is offering two limited application options in addition to the regular decision application. Please carefully review specifications and requirements.
Limited Option #1 UF Law Binding Decision Timeline
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September 15, 2022
- Application Available
February 15, 2022
- Binding Decision application submission/completion final Deadline
Limited Option #2 Gator Scholars Timeline
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September 15, 2022
- Application Available
November 1, 2022*
- Gator Scholars application submission/completion Deadline (*for 1st round consideration)
UF Law is waiving the $30 application fee through December 31, 2022 for all applicants.
Additionally, the application fee will be waived throughout the entire cycle for the following candidates:
- Candidates who receive an LSAC fee waiver. (The UF Law application fee should automatically show a zero amount due at LSAC checkout.)
- Candidates who are currently a member of or alumni of Teach for America, Peace Corps, or AmeriCorps; upon request.
- Candidates who have served or are serving in the U.S. military; upon request.
To request an application fee waiver, please email email@example.com and include your LSAC account number and reason for the waiver request.
Please note: Application fees are non-refundable. The $30 application fee cannot be refunded to candidates who might qualify for a waiver but apply prior to receiving it. Additionally, the fee waiver process begins anew each application cycle, and a waiver is valid only until the expiration date indicated.
LSAT, GRE and CAS Report
All applicants, with the exception those applying through the limited Gator Scholars option or applying with GRE only, are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Scores for both exams are valid for five years. If you take either exam more than once, we will evaluate your application using the highest score achieved. UF Law places primary emphasis on the highest LSAT score.
Note: Valid LSAT test scores are included as a part of the LSAC CAS Report and cannot be waived from your application. If you elect to apply with a GRE score, you must request all scores be sent directly from ETS to UF Law. The UF Law GRE school code is 3945. Applicants admitted without an LSAT score who subsequently take the LSAT will be subject to admission reconsideration.
Applicants with further questions about Standardized Test Scores should read through the GRE FAQ section of our website or contact Admissions directly.
All applicants, regardless of application option, 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 the latest available undergraduate transcripts from each college, university or high school/university dual enrollment program attended are on file with the CAS. 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 be transferred to the Levin College of Law as soon as the CAS file is complete. A complete CAS report contains the LSAT score(s) except as described above, writing sample, transcript information, and any letter(s) of recommendation.
Applicants should send updated transcripts to the CAS well in advance of the Levin College of Law’s March 15th preferred completion date. The Credential Assembly Service requires at least 10 days to process transcripts.
LSAT Writing Sample
Per LSAC.org: For your LSAT to be considered complete, you must have at least one writing sample on file – either from an earlier paper-and-pencil administration of the LSAT or from LSAT Writing. Using LSAT Writing, candidates can now complete the writing sample portion of the test at a convenient time and place of their choosing. [LSAC] will now open LSAT Writing eight (8) days prior to every test administration. Candidates must have a complete writing sample in their file in order to see their score or have their score released to schools. If you already have a writing sample on file, you do not need to complete LSAT Writing. If you have questions concerning your writing sample, please contact LSAC.org.
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 or IELTS 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.
UF 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, UF Law requires each applicant to submit a Personal Statement.
Candidates are welcome to address any topic. The Personal Statement should not exceed four (4) double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 pt.
Personal Statements should be uploaded as an attachment to your LSAC Flex App.
All applicants are required to submit a current and complete professional résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) which should include 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.
Resumes should be uploaded as an attachment to your LSAC Flex App.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Candidates are required to submit one (1) letter of recommendation, and we will accept up to four (4). Recommenders should evaluate in detail the applicant’s academic performance and skills, academic activities, community service, and/or employment. Candidates applying while still enrolled in undergraduate studies, or within six months of having graduated, are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation that attests to their academic ability (e.g. from a current or former professor/advisor).
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, which is 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 contain the contact information and signature of the recommender.
Candidates may verify receipt of documents using the Application Status Online (ASO).
ACT or SAT Official Results (Gator Scholars Option Only)
Applicants applying through the Gator Scholars application option must provide a copy of their official ACT or SAT results.
ACT or SAT results should be uploaded as an attachment to the LSAC Flex App.
Character & Fitness Documents
Please see detailed information at Character & Fitness. UF Law strongly prefers that the explanation and supporting documents for any C&F disclosure be uploaded as an attachment to your LSAC Flex App.
Prior Law School Attendees Only
Applicants who have attended another law school must submit a written statement about their attendance, a complete law school 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.
If you would like to request a substitution or modification of our admission requirements because of a documented disability, please contact the Assistant Dean for Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why UF Law?
We would like to know why you have chosen to apply to UF Law. Please let us know if you are directly connected to UF or UF Law through alumni, professors, or other ways. Most candidates can communicate these interests in one or two short paragraphs.
“Why UF Law” statements should be uploaded as an attachment to your LSAC Flex App.
Diversity, Inclusion and/or Need Statement
The Levin College of Law values and seeks a diverse student body to achieve its mission of excellence in education, research and service. Diversity encompasses life experiences, socioeconomic background, ethnicity and race, gender and other attributes, and provides multi-cultural learning opportunities that prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse society.
Candidates may submit a statement describing the diverse life experience, attributes, and skills that they possess, including relevant specific experiences. Candidates should also address how such skills and experiences would advance diversity, and foster an inclusive environment at the Levin College of Law. The statement should focus on unique interests, abilities, and personal experience (including, but not limited, to information about socioeconomic background, first-generation status, gender, ethnicity and race and other attributes).
The Diversity and Inclusion Statement should not exceed two (2) double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 pt. Content from the Personal Statement should not be repeated in this statement.
Diversity, Inclusion and/or Need Statements should be uploaded as an attachment to your LSAC Flex App.
Addenda and Other Materials
Applicants who wish to discuss any unique issue may submit a separate 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, character and fitness disclosures, or a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage. Materials received before a final decision is made on your application will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
Addenda, including Character and Fitness explanations/documentation, should be uploaded as attachments to your LSAC Flex App.
Residency Declaration and Other Required Supplemental Data
The Residency Declaration, which you will submit through your UF MyAdmissions portal (expect emailed information from the University within 1-2 weeks following submission of your LSAC online application), will be collected by the University of Florida Graduate Admissions Office, which makes all residency determinations for tuition purposes (UF Law does not decide residency classifications). Final decisions on residency matters are determined by the UF Graduate Admissions Office in accordance with Florida State Statute, 1009.21. Please be advised that the UF Graduate Admissions may request additional supporting documentation to verify residency classification for tuition purposes. Applicants may contact UF Graduate Admissions directly with concerns or questions at (352) 392-1365. For more information, visit UF’s Residency for Tuition Purposes page.
Residency determinations are made outside the scope of admissions decisions and do not impact the admissions decision timeline. However, admitted students are strongly encouraged to work with the University Admissions Office to finalize their residency determination as it will impact scholarships.
All admitted students, including current UF students and UF alumni, should complete the residency declaration for tuition purposes.
The Admissions Committee may, at their discretion, invite candidates to interview in order to learn more about the candidate prior to rendering a decision. Interviews are by invitation only and candidates may not request an interview.
Timing of Admissions Decisions
UF Law anticipates admitting the first round of students in mid-November followed by a second round in mid-December with rolling admissions thereafter.We manually process and review every application and appreciate your patience throughout the process. While the time from Application Received to Decision Made can vary, applicants can expect a 6-8 week review. Candidates are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. Applying early will place applicants in the best possible position for admission and scholarship consideration.
We also know that deposit deadlines vary from school to school and candidates may be asked to deposit before they have received a decision from UF Law. In these instances, we will not expedite our review process.
Some candidates may receive a decision quicker than others based on the relative strength of their application. However, most candidates will have their application compared with the larger applicant pool before a decision is rendered. In order to protect every applicant’s confidentiality, status check requests over the phone cannot be granted. Because of the high volume of applications, emails, and telephone calls the Admissions Office receives, we ask that you use the Check Applicant Status Online page to monitor your application status.
All decisions are sent via email to the address listed as primary email on the candidate’s application.
The Wait List Process
UF Law typically receives applications from more applicants we would like to accept than we can accept. In order to ensure that we enroll the target number of students in the entering class, the Office of Admissions creates a “wait list” of candidates each year. Candidates on the wait list are those that UF Law feels are competitive for a possible later vacancy in the entering class. These candidates will be considered for seats that may be available in the class after the deposit deadline, or seats which may become available before the first day of Orientation.
The wait list process is ongoing and we encourage candidates who remain committed to UF Law to let us know via a letter of continued interest. We also request that candidates no longer interested in UF Law advise us via email of their decision to withdraw from the wait list.
For more information, please read our Wait List FAQ.
Appealing an Admissions Decision
To appeal the decision to deny admission to the College of Law, an applicant must send a written appeal to email@example.com within ten (10) business days of receipt of the admissions decision. The applicant’s full name and “Appeal of Admission Decision” must be in the subject line of the email. The appeal must provide new and compelling material information that was not available to the applicant at the time of the initial admissions decision. New grades, additional activities and honors, additional letters of recommendation, and appeals by someone other than the applicant are never considered.
The final decision will be communicated to the applicant by reply email within ten (10) business days of receipt of the appeal. The decision on a petition for reconsideration is final and is not subject to further appeal.