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 Application Instructions and Procedures

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Visiting Applicants (3L Students)

  • ABA-Accredited Law School, The University of Montana School of Law will accept third year law students (visiting students) who apply to complete all or part of their final year of law study at the University of Montana, transferring credit to their ABA-accredited parent law school to fulfill the requirements for the Juris Doctor degree.
  • Admission –Admission is granted on a space-available basis. Visiting applicants will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their academic performance at their parent law school and their purpose for undertaking part or all of their third year of law study at the University of Montana School of Law.
  • CAS – Register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and follow the instructions to ensure a complete application. Register at www.lsac.org. Check list:
    • Electronic Application & $60.00 application fee - fill out the general online application, noting you are applying as a visitor, and submit the $60 fee through LSAC;
    • One Personal Statement – attach a personal statement describing your interest in studying law at the University of Montana School of Law; and
    • Personal Resume.
  • Letter of Good Standing – Visiting applicants must submit official notification from the parent law school approving the student’s visiting status and confirming that the applicant is in good standing and is eligible to continue the study of law at the parent law school. This letter should be sent directly to The University of Montana School of Law, Attention: Admissions.
  • Official Transcript – Visiting applicants must submit an official transcript of the first two years of law school courses verifying the average in all law studies for which the student has registered and received a grade is equivalent to that required for graduation from the institution attended. The transcript should be sent directly to The University of Montana School of Law, Attention: Admissions.
    • Deadline – The deadline to apply as a visiting student is June 1. No decisions will be made with regard to visiting applications until the applicant’s complete first and second year law school transcripts are received.
    • Financial Aid – Visiting law students must arrange for financial aid through their home institution. The University of Montana financial aid office will cooperate with the disbursal of the home institution’s aid through a consortium agreement. Visiting students pay tuition to the University of Montana and financial aid is based on UM School of Law expenses.
    • Course Restrictions – Visiting students may not enroll in required courses except with permission of the instructor. Limited enrollment elective courses will be open first to continuing Montana students.