What we consider
The School of Law Admissions Committee seeks students who will perform successfully in law school, enhance the environment of the School of Law and ultimately use their legal education to benefit society. Thus, the committee strives to assemble a student body that is academically well-prepared, highly motivated, diverse, and brings distinctive achievements.
Note that there is no minimum Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score or undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) that an applicant must have in order to be considered for admission. To determine if your LSAT score and UGPA are competitive with our applicant pool, however, you may want to check our entering class profile from last year.
Although an applicant's LSAT score and UGPA are important indicators of academic preparation and motivation, the admissions committee considers many other factors as well. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The personal statement
- Recommendation letters
- The nature and difficulty of the course of undergraduate study
- The overall academic rigor of the undergraduate institution
- The undergraduate academic record, including ascending or descending trends in grades and graduate work or degrees
- Extracurricular activities while in undergraduate or graduate school
- The LSAT writing sample
- Work experience
- Community activities and community service
- Personal obstacles that may have hindered realization of the applicant's full potential
- Racial and ethnic diversity
- Economic disadvantage
- Geographic diversity
- Other distinctive traits or characteristics that will yield a diverse student body
The American Bar Association asks us to report the highest LSAT score of every entering student as part of our class profile. However, we see and will consider all LSAT scores earned within the past five years. Taking the LSAT multiple times may help and the lower scores will not necessarily harm an applicant. In the case of multiple LSAT scores, the Admissions Committee will use score trends, gaps in time between scores, circumstances surrounding poor scores (if explained by the applicant in a supplemental statement), differences in the scores themselves, and other relevant factors to interpret these scores.
The University of Akron School of Law is an equal opportunity educational institution. In assessing an applicant's academic promise, the admissions committee considers the extent to which the applicant has overcome disadvantages associated with obstacles in life, including membership in a historically disadvantaged racial or ethnic group. Committee members seek to recruit and enroll minority students.