The UNT Dallas College of Law seeks students with the ability and desire to become superb legal professionals. This entails academic ability—the ability to master legal concepts, doctrines, and methods of reasoning. But this also means that students should have ability and motivation as to other qualities and skills critical to becoming a superb legal professional: problem-solving ability, passion and engagement, listening and understanding the perspectives of others, practical judgment, integrity, and self-management and project management skills, among others.
Thus, the UNT Dallas College of Law will consider the following in the admission process: undergraduate academic record; Law School Admission Test (LSAT); references and evaluations from mentors, employers, or teachers; and interview.
Undergraduate Degree and Grades
Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and must have completed the degree requirements by the time they start law school. Applicants do not have to have a specialized undergraduate major, but the College of Law will evaluate the courses you took to determine your eligibility based on the following:
- The level of course work completed as an undergraduate
- Performance in courses involving critical and analytical thinking
- Demonstrated written and oral communication abilities
- Trends in grades you received throughout college
The UNT Dallas College of Law does not have a minimum LSAT requirement. We agree with the Law School Admission Council’s Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices:
“The LSAT is designed to measure some, but certainly not all, of the mental and academic skills that are needed for successful law study. Within limits, it provides a reasonable assessment of these factors. LSAT scores provide at best a partial measure of an applicant’s ability and should be considered in relation to the total range of information available about a prospective law student. Thus, the LSAT score should be used as only one of several criteria for evaluation and should not be given undue weight.”
Applicants with a 150 LSAT or higher and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher are especially encouraged to apply. However, applicants with lower scores may still apply and may be considered for conditional admission, as we have no minimum requirement for LSAT score or UGPA. We view these numbers together so that a relatively higher LSAT can offset a lower UGPA, and a higher UGPA can offset a lower LSAT.
Evaluations and Interview
We anticipate that the admission process will also include evaluations by mentors, teachers, or employers, as well as a personal interview.
When should I apply?
You can apply in Fall 2013. The application form will be available by late summer 2013. At this point, we are not yet registered with the Law School Credential Assembly Service, but we anticipate that this will occur in the near future.