J.D. Application Information

We encourage you to apply to Valparaiso University Law School for the 2015-2016 academic year; your application fee is waived. Please email or phone the Office of Admissions if you have questions or would like personal assistance in submitting your application. E:  law.admissions@valpo.edu  P:  (219) 465-7821


September 1, 2014:   Application opens to apply for the fall 2015 entering class.

September 2014-July 2015:  The Admissions Committee begins reviewing and releasing final decisions on a regular basis.  Scholarship award decisions are released (no separate application required) at the same time as admit decisions.  All decisions are sent out in the mail. Notification that a decision has been made is also posted on the Valparaiso Law applicant status check web page.

March 15, 2015:  Financial aid priority date.  Admitted students who submit a FAFSA by this date will receive their financial aid package prior to April 1.

April 1, 2015:  For students admitted prior to March 10:  due date for 1st tuition deposit.  For those admitted after March 10, please check your admit letter for the tuition deposit due date.

June 1, 2015:  For students admitted prior to May 1:  due date for full or 2nd tuition deposit.

July 15, 2015:  Final deadline for application submission for fall 2015 entry.

J.D. Application Requirements:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree at the time of law school entry.
  • Submission of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report and Valparaiso University Law School application form.
  • 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement/essay, and a current resume.
  • A recent LSAT examination score (within five years from entry date; no scores prior to 9/10 will be considered).  To register and prepare for the LSAT, visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
  • June 2015 LSAT scores can be considered for 2015 admission if a complete application is submitted no later than July 15, 2015.  Contact the Office of Admissions for details.

Submitting your Application.  Valparaiso University Law School requires an electronic application submission. Access the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website and follow Valparaiso Law’s application submission directions.  There is no application fee, but you need to pay LSAC’s fees for your application to be transmitted to us from LSAC, along with your CAS report, your letters of recommendation, and your uploaded personal statement, resume and other documents.

Reapplication Requirements. To reapply for admission to Valparaiso Law, complete all the requirements above. On your application, be sure to indicate the year(s) you previously applied to Valparaiso University Law School.   You will need to request a new CAS report and resubmit all your official transcripts to LSAC.  You are also expected to update your letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume.

ICLEO Program.  As one of the four ABA Accredited Indiana law schools, Valparaiso Law offers our accepted students who are from Indiana or have a special connection to the state, participation in the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity or ICLEO Grant Program, which is patterned after the national Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

Valparaiso University Law School seeks to enroll students who demonstrate a consistently high level of academic achievement. We firmly believe a consistent record of academic achievement, measured by GPA, is a critical measurement for success not just in law school, but in the legal profession. Every applicant’s full record of achievement is seriously considered and we are committed to enrolling a student body that reflects a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and points of view, thereby contributing to the diversity of the Law School community and the University. Our admission policy includes a holistic admissions process that considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, and socio-economic status, along with other factors. We begin to accept 2014 applications in September 2013.


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