Wayne State University


J.D. applicants

Admission to the J.D. program at Wayne Law is highly competitive. Wayne Law receives a large number of applications. Every application receives careful, individualized attention by the Wayne Law Admissions Office and our faculty Admissions Committee. A variety of factors are taken into consideration. Typically, only about 40 percent of applicants are offered admission.

Note: Wayne Law will accept the June 2016 LSAT score for the class entering in fall 2016.  

First-year applicants

Free online application

Application requirements for those seeking admission as first-year students are as follows:

  1. Complete the online application form with an electronic signature. The deadline for application is July 1. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, your application must be complete by Jan. 15.
  2. Include with your application a brief personal statement, written by you in your own words. You can use this statement to convey to the Admissions Committee any experiences, interests, unusual circumstances or other information you believe may help the committee evaluate your potential for success at the Law School. Because we don't conduct individual interviews, your personal statement is the best way for you to tell us what you would most like us to know about you.
  3. Have the Law School Admission Council submit a copy of your JD-CAS report (which includes copies of transcripts from all U.S. undergraduate schools) to the Law School. If you earned your bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree from a college or university outside the United States, its territories or Canada, you must use a credential evaluation service. We prefer use of the JD-CAS, but we also will accept evaluations from organizations that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or Association of International Credentials Evaluators.
  4. Arrange for the submission of two letters of recommendation. The letters should be from individuals such as college professors or others who can comment on your intellectual abilities and academic performance. If you have been out of school for a number of years, you may submit letters of recommendation from an employer. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Law School Admission Council. Additionally, two Law School Admission Council evaluations are recommended but not required.

Admissions Policy

Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) registration

International applicants

Transfer and visiting applicants

Application status

Decline Admissions Form

Tuition and fees

LL.M. (master of laws) applicants

Apply to the LL.M. program

LL.M. application process overview

LL.M. program description

Tuition and fees

If at any point in the application process you encounter difficulties, contact Olive Hyman at (313) 577-0088 or llmprogram@wayne.edu.

"Wayne State University Law School provided me an excellent but cost-efficient legal education in the heart of the Motor City. After attending Wayne State, I attended Harvard and Oxford. The education I received at Wayne was as good as the education at Harvard or Oxford but much less expensive. Going to Wayne for law school was one of the best decisions and investments in my life."

Dr. Ernest Chiodo
Lawyer, Physician in metro Detroit, Chicago; Forensic Medical Expert Witness
Wayne Law Class of 1986

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan