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FAQ

Admissions Facts and Figures

Q. What Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate grade point averages did the last entering class have?

A. The LSAT and undergraduate GPA percentages for the 2014 entering class were as follows:

25% 50% 75%
LSAT 146 148 151
GPA 2.63 2.9 3.21

Q. Do you only admit students for the Fall semester?

A. No, starting January 2014, we will begin admitting students for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Q. What is your accreditation status?

A. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is fully approved by the American Bar Association.

Q. Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offer both a full-time and a part-time J.D. program?

A. Yes. The full-time program is offered for students who are able to attend classes during the day. The part-time program allows students to attend classes part-time during the day or part-time during the evening.
*Please note that spring admission is offered for those interested in the full-time program only. Neither part-time option will be available.

Q. What is the cost of tuition?

A. The flat rate for full-time students is $19,050 per semester, while the part-time flat rate is $11,430 per semester.

Q. Are student loans available?

A. Yes. Student loans for educational expenses are available to qualified borrowers. The Title IV School Code for AJMLS is: G31733. For further information please contact Michelle Cooper, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at mcooper@johnmarshall.edu.

Q. Am I able to work while enrolled full-time in law school?

A. Yes. Full-time students may work up to 20 hours per week, but are counseled not to exceed 15 hours of outside employment per week. However, full-time students are advised not to work during their first year of law school.

Q. How many credits are required to graduate?

A. 88 semester credits are required to graduate.

The Application Process

Q. When is your application deadline?

A. The law school accepts applications year-round and does not have application deadlines; however, applications are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to complete the admissions process in a timely manner and ensure consideration prior to the class becoming full.

Q. What is required to complete my file?

A. A completed file contains the following documentation:

  1. A complete, signed, and dated, or electronically submitted, application.
  2. A 2-3 page personal statement (as an electronic attachment with the application or as an e-mail attachment to admissions@johnmarshall.edu).
  3. A reportable Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Applicants for the spring 2015 entering class must take the LSAT no later than the December 2014 test administration. Applicants for the fall 2015 entering class must take the LSAT no later than the June 2015 test administration, and are encouraged to register for an earlier administration.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants must request that the transcripts be sent directly to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). All applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and have a CAS Report sent to AJMLS.
  5. Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s character, academic ability, and potential for successful completion of a rigorous law school program. Letters may be sent to LSAC to be included with the CAS report, or mailed directly to AJMLS.
  6. A current resume.

Q. Do you accept application fee waivers? Is there an application fee?

A. There is no application fee at this time for entering 1L students.

Q. Will the Admissions Committee review my admissions file if most of my documents have been submitted?

A. No. The Admissions Committee will only review completed files.

Q. What does the Admissions Committee consider in addition to the LSAT score and undergraduate GPA in reaching a decision?

A. In addition to the candidate’s academic record and standardized test results, the Admissions Committee will carefully examine factors that indicate a high probability for success in law study. Such factors include, but are not limited to: life experiences; personal and professional achievements; ability to overcome life’s obstacles, including personal or family hardships; the capacity for rigorous intellectual study; the self-discipline demanded by the profession; and a commitment to be of service to the profession and society.

The Admissions Committee has determined that candidates with strong admissions credentials will be eligible for automatic admission by the Office of Admissions. Applicants whose entering credentials present a less clear picture may have their files reviewed in depth by the Committee. It is at this stage that the Committee carefully examines “the whole person” including the factors listed above.

Q. Are interviews part of the admission process?

A. While evaluative interviews are not part of the admission process, our Admissions Committee reserves the right to request to interview a candidate.

Q. How will I be notified of a decision?

A. Applicants are notified of a decision via email. Under no circumstances will a decision be given over the phone. However, applicants are able to see their most up-to-date status online, including any correspondence that has been mailed or emailed.

Q. Do you require a seat deposit upon acceptance?

A. Yes. To secure a place in the entering class, applicants who have been accepted for admission must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit payable in one installment. The deposit due date will be noted in the acceptance letter. Seat deposits are credited to the student’s tuition account upon matriculation.

LSAT & CAS

Q. What is the LSAT?

A. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test that is an integral part of the law school admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180, with 180 being the highest possible score.

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The unscored section is typically used to pre-test new test questions or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

Q. When and where is the LSAT offered?

A. The LSAT is offered each year in February, June, October, and December at numerous locations around the world. Visit www.lsac.org to find a location near you.

Q. How can I sign up for the LSAT?

A. You can register online at the Law School Admission Council website (www.lsac.org), or you can contact them by phone at (215) 968-1001.

Q. What is the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and do I need to register with them?

A. The CAS prepares a report that it provides to each law school to which you apply The report contains information that schools use, along with your other submitted materials, to make a decision regarding your application. Information contained in the report includes:

  1. An undergraduate academic summary;
  2. Copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional school transcripts;
  3. LSAT score(s) and a copy of your writing sample; and
  4. Copies of letters of recommendation and/or evaluations processed by LSAC.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is a member school of the CAS service and requires that you register with this service.

Q. Do I have to wait to apply until after I take the LSAT?

A. No. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; however, no decision will be made until after we receive your official LSAT score as reported by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Q. Do letters of recommendation have to be sent to LSAC to be included in the CAS report?

A. No. Letters of recommendation do not have to be sent to the LSAC to be included in the CAS report. We do advise you to utilize this service, especially if you plan to apply to multiple law schools; however, we do allow letters to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the individual writing the recommendation. All letters received must be on letterhead with a full return address containing the contact person’s information. Letters must also contain an original signature or they will not be processed. Recommendation letters received via e-mail will not be accepted.

Other Questions

Q. Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School have a Career Development Office available to aid me in the job search process?

A. Yes. The Career Development Office (CDO) provides employment and career counseling to students and alumni, and acts as a liaison between the law school and the legal community. The CDO coordinates seminars, workshops, and forums regarding career options, resume writing, and interviewing techniques.

Q. I am a practicing attorney and I want to audit a course. Can I do that?

A. Yes. Audit student status is available to practicing attorneys, working professionals, or other individuals, interested in taking law school courses for purposes other than receiving credit or a grade. To apply as an audit student, you must complete an audit application and obtain approval from the Associate Dean for Academics. Please note that Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) students will be given first priority in class selection.