Levin College of Law

The J.D. Application

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Contact Assoc. Dir.-Operations Beth Easton by emailing admissions@law.ufl.edu.

Application Deadlines

Thanks for your interest in University of Florida Levin College of Law. The UF Law application is available September 1 and you can apply via the Levin College of Law LSAC online application at www.lsac.org.

  • Early Decision Timeline
    • Sept 1
      • Application Available
    • Nov 17
      • Last Day to Take LSAT
    • Dec 15
      • Application Deadline
    • Jan 2
      • File Completion Deadline
    • Jan 9
      • Decisions Released
    • Jan 15
      • Deposit Deadline
  • Regular Decision Timeline
    • Sept 1
      • Application Available
    • Mar 15
      • Priority Application Deadline
    • June 3
      • Last Day to Take LSAT

Application Fee Waivers

The Levin College of Law will waive the $30 application fee for candidates who receive 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 application fee waivers to candidates who are registered for LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS) and whose profiles meet our criteria. Invitations are sent to eligible candidates. UF Law also waives the application fee for students who visit us at a recruitment event.

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.

Required Documents

LSAT and CAS Report

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores are valid for five years. UF Law places primary emphasis on 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. 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. The CAS report contains the LSAT score(s), transcript information, and any letter 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.

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.

Personal 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 submit a Personal Statement.

Candidates are welcome to address any topic. Most Personal Statements are 1.5 – 3 pages in length.

Personal Statements should be uploaded using LSAC’s Flex App.

Résumé

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 using LSAC’s 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 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 accompanied by the cover form available in the “Forms” tab of the LSAC online application.

Candidates may verify receipt of documents using the Application Status Online (ASO).

Residency Declaration and Other Required Supplemental Data

The Residency Declaration for tuition purposes is collected for the University of Florida as a required portion of the UF Law online application through LSAC.  Please note, however, the University of Florida Graduate Admissions Office processes all residency information, and UF Levin College of Law does not have jurisdiction over residency matters. Final decisions on residency matters are determined by the UF Graduate Admissions Office in accordance with Florida State Statute, 222.17. Please be advised that the UF Graduate Admissions Office 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 qualifying page.

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 admissions@law.ufl.edu.

Optional Documents

Why UF Law?*

We would like to know why you have chosen to apply. 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 via LSAC Flex App.

* The “Why UF Law” statement is required for Early Decision applicants.

Diversity Statement

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, geography, and other attributes.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a statement describing their diverse skills and 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.

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

Diversity statements should be uploaded via LSAC’s 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.

Addenda, including Character and Fitness explanations/documentation, should be uploaded via the LSAC Flex App.