Application Instructions

The School of Law is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applications for Fall 2018 will open September 1.

About the Application Process

LSAC, the Law School Admissions Council, is your gateway to the law school admission process. Most prospective students are first introduced to LSAC while preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). To apply to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, you must have an account created on lsac.org. If you have already taken the LSAT, you will be logging into the same system to apply for admission.

LSAT Prep Course

The University of Montana offers an LSAT Preparation Course through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL). The course is offered each fall and is open to all prospective students, current undergrads, alumni, and others. Students are expected to take the LSAT in December just after they have completed the course.

Applicant Status

New Applicants

Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree - Candidates must have received, prior to matriculation, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Moral Character - Applicants must be of good moral character and must maintain good moral character as a condition of continuing enrollment.

LSAT - Candidates must register for and take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Scores are valid for 5 years and February is the last test date for applications due March 15. Register at www.lsac.org.

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 online application and submit the $60 fee through LSAC.

Official Transcripts - Arrange for official transcripts from all institutions of higher education to be sent to the LSAC.

Personal Statement - Applicants must attach to their electronic application one personal statement. The personal statement should provide information about yourself that you consider significant to our evaluation of your file. We are interested in learning about the qualities that you would bring to the legal profession, the law school classroom, and the community. You may wish to describe a significant experience in your life or to discuss your interest in or motivation for attending law school. A typical personal statement is 2-3 pages. It will be evaluated for writing ability as well as content. Do not treat your personal statement as a narrative of your resume.

Statement of Interest - It is recommended, but not required, that you submit a brief statement of interest explaining why you wish to attend the University of Montana School of Law.

Personal Resume - Attach a current resume.

Two Letters of Reference - Ideally, these should include one general reference letter and one academic reference letter. You may submit a maximum of four letters. Applicants who graduated from an undergraduate program several years ago may substitute letters from employers or supervisors who can address the applicant’s abilities and intellectual promise for the study of law. A reference letter that is particularly helpful is one that discusses the applicant’s:

  • Native intelligence (analytical powers, rigor of thought, critical faculty, reasoning ability);
  • Independence of thought (originality, imagination, creative intelligence);
  • Effectiveness of oral communication;
  • Effectiveness of written communication;
  • Industry and motivation (persistence, self-discipline, study techniques);
  • Judgment and maturity (conscientiousness, common sense); and
  • Leadership ability.

Deadline - The priority application deadline is March 15. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Late applications and June LSAT scores will be considered as space permits.

Scholarships - All accepted applicants will be considered for available scholarships. While some scholarship awards are granted at the time of acceptance, many are granted after acceptance and occasionally after a deposit has been paid.

Acceptance - Accepted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the entering class must make a nonrefundable advance deposit of $300 by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. An additional deposit of $200 will be due by July 1st. Any applicants admitted after July 1st will pay a one-time $500 deposit. The deposit will be credited toward total University tuition and fees at the time of registration. Accepted applicants who do not pay the deposit by the deadline, have declined the offer of admission and any scholarship awarded.