Office of JD Admission

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As a prospective JD student, you get all the support you need when applying to law school from John Marshall's Office of Admission. In addition to providing detailed information about the law school and application process, our admission staff are available for scheduled appointments, guided tours, and to provide information about the City of Chicago.

For more information on the JD application process, please contact the Office of Admission at or 800.537.4280.

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Note: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The American Bar Association requires that law schools inform each applicant that state bar requirements deal with the character and fitness of an applicant at the time he or she seeks certification to register for the bar. It further permits the law school to seek information on character and fitness to ensure that appropriate law school qualifications are met.

Please review the rules and requirements for any and all states in which you intend to practice.

Application Preparation Guidance

Your Application

After selecting on the appropriate enrollment option, a completed application must be submitted.

August Admission (Fall): Accepting applications until April 1
January Admission (Spring): Accepting applications beginning in early fall 2018

Completed applications must include:

  1. Electronic Application Form (Paper application forms are not accepted.)
  2. LSAT score
  3. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Resume (optional)
  6. Application Fee: The application fee has been waived.

Additionally, transfer applicants should review the Transfer Information tab for further requirements.
The John Marshall Law School operates on a rolling admission policy. The Office of Admission continues to review applications until the entering class is full. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.


Applications can be submitted before the Office of Admission receives your test score. Applicants are encouraged to do so if taking the February LSAT (the latest accepted for fall admission) or the September/October test (the latest accepted for spring admission) as the scores are released close to the application deadline.


If you are registered for a future LSAT date, the Office of Admission will wait to review your application until receipt of the latest test score. In the event an applicant has multiple tests, only the highest score will be considered. LSAT scores are valid for five years.

For LSAT information, registration, and test dates and locations, go to

Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation

Transcripts must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Letters of Recommendation are optional, but highly encouraged. Typically, applicants submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. John Marshall will accept up to five.

It is an applicant's responsibility to make sure their CAS report is complete and paid with LSAC. John Marshall automatically requests the report from LSAC upon receipt of your application, but the report will only be sent when LSAC considers it complete.

If you are registered for a future LSAT at the time of your application, we will not request your CAS report until your last registered test score is posted.

Personal Statements

Personal Statements should be clear and concise, and 2-4 double-spaced pages in length.

While a writing topic is not specified, applicants are encouraged to include examples of leadership, community involvement, talents, and achievements. The Personal Statement is an opportunity to offer the Admission Committee personal details to supplement LSAT scores, transcripts, and credentials.

Summer College to Assess Legal Education Skills (SCALES) Program

If you do not gain admission through our traditional process, you may qualify for admission into our SCALES program. SCALES provides prospective students who have promising records of achievement an opportunity to demonstrate the requisite skills and potential to succeed in our JD program and the practice of law. Candidates who successfully complete SCALES are offered admission into the JD program.

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Admission of transfer applicants is always discretionary. Only students in good academic standing and who have completed 24-30 semester hours from an ABA-approved law school will be considered for admission.

Transfer applications are accepted year-round and do not need to follow the regular JD application deadline. We understand transfer applicants may need to wait until their current semester grades are posted to apply.

Generally, a 2.75 GPA is necessary to qualify for admission. In addition to the application and personal statement, all transfer applicants must provide a copy of the law school report, as well as a complete official transcript and letter of good standing from the dean of the law school previously attended. Students who wish to transfer to The John Marshall Law School must complete an LSAC online application. There is no application fee.

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