Wayne State University

Admissions Policy

Read a complete statement of the Law School's Admissions Standards and Procedures.

The Law School enrolls one class per year. Each class begins in August. Applications are accepted from Oct. 1 through May 15. Admission to Wayne Law is selective, and there is a great deal of competition to be a member of an entering class. 

The Admissions Office uses rolling admissions. As applications become complete they are evaluated for a decision. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as the class fills rapidly as the deadline approaches. The submission of applications after March 15 may impede chances of admission.

An applicant for admission to the J.D. program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A final official transcript must be sent to the Law School before enrolling. 

Each applicant also must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). The Law School requires that students educated in a foreign country submit their transcripts through the Law School Admission Council J.D. Credential Assembly Service. Applicants who completed any post-secondary work outside of the United States, its territories or Canada must use this service for the evaluation of foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is any foreign work completed through a study abroad, consortium or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution where the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

Applicants must take the LSAT no later than February of the year in which they intend to enroll. The Admissions Office will accept LSAT test scores that are up to five years old. 

Admissions decisions

It is the goal of the Law School's Admissions Committee to ensure that the entering class is composed of the most highly qualified applicants. The committee believes that ultimately the educational process during law school and the legal profession are best served by an admissions process that results in the selection of a diverse and talented student body.

The committee considers the following factors in reaching admissions decisions:

  1. The applicant's academic achievement and potential, as shown by the LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average.
  2. Any special features of the applicant's academic record that may have had an impact on his or her grade point average such as the age of the undergraduate grades or any marked improvement in grades shown in the later years of college.
  3. Other relevant personal qualities and characteristics of significance such as socio-economic and educational disadvantage, work experience, leadership qualities, commitment to volunteer and community service, and communication skills.

Read a complete statement of the Law School's Admissions Standards and Procedures.

Applicants should allow six to eight weeks for a written decision on their application after the Admissions Office has received all required documents. 

Deferred admissions

The Law School doesn't defer admissions. Any admittee who withdraws from the class must submit a new application and fee for the subsequent year for which he or she seeks admission.

Reduced program

The first-year day program curriculum is mandatory, but day students who have child care responsibilities or significant health care concerns may be permitted to take a slightly reduced course load. The applicant must submit a written request to the assistant dean of admissions prior to registration setting forth the personal circumstance justifying the request for admission as a reduced load student.


An applicant may request reconsideration of an adverse admissions decision by writing a letter to the assistant dean of admissions stating the specific reasons why reconsideration is merited. The application then will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. In the past, applicants who have successfully petitioned for reconsideration are those who have submitted updated information, such as improved test scores or additional grades.

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