About the Application Process
The Blewett School of Law has a holistic review process. As you are putting together your application materials, you should ensure that they are all free of spelling and grammatical errors, paying particular attention to formatting requirements for your various required documents. Since we review all applications holistically, there is no part of the application that has more weight than the other. We look at the full picture of your abilities as demonstrated via your application materials.
As you are considering applying to the Blewett School of Law, keep in mind that there are no specific undergraduate curriculum, majors, or courses required prior to applying. We accept and seat students from a wide educational and experiential background. As we review applicants, we are looking for applicant that have had a well-rounded education and life experiences. We have found that this allows the applicant to integrate into the rigorous law school curriculum, and assists with the development of analytical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, and communication skills, all of which are critical for success in law school.
Since Blewett Law does not offer interviews, it is important that all applicants include all information they want considered in their required and requested application materials. Blewett Law does not provide fee waivers to any applicant.
How to Apply:
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.
New Juris Doctor Program Applicants
Decisions are made on a rolling basis and applications are accepted at any time during our cycle of September 1 st – July 15 th. We try to render application decisions in 4-6 weeks after your file has been marked in review, however there are circumstances that may require a longer review window. We appreciate your patience as we give every file a thorough review. All application status updates can be found on your secure Applicant Status Checker page. For the applicants privacy, we do not provide application status updates over the telephone.
All accepted applicants will be considered for available scholarships. We offer incoming merit based scholarships to students with scholarship amounts beginning at $3000. Since our scholarships are merit based, we pay particular attention to your standardized test scores and undergraduate GPA. Additional scholarship information can be found on our ABA Report.
Next Steps After Acceptance:
Accepted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the entering class must make a nonrefundable first deposit of $500 by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. Your second nonrefundable deposit of $400 will be due by July 1 st . Any applicants admitted after July 1 st will pay a nonrefundable $900 deposit. There may be some variation on the deposit deadlines, pay close attention to the deposit deadline in your acceptance letter. 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.
Any student who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition must also provide all of the following:
- MT Drivers License
- MT Voter's Registration
- 1st Page MT Tax Return
- MT Vehicle Registration
Please note that if you choose to apply with the GRE, you must submit all valid GRE test results for the last five years. You may not choose which results to share. This parallels the requirement that five years of LSAT scores be disclosed on an application. Applicants who take the GRE (instead of or in addition to the LSAT) must have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send the Blewett School of Law all GRE scores from the prior 5 year period. The ETS school code for the Blewett School of Law is 4537. If you choose to apply with a GRE score and have taken the LSAT, you must also report any valid LSAT scores.
First-time applicants applying with an LSAT score should fill out an A1 Application Form. First-time applicants applying with a GRE score should fill out an A4 application form.
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. Letters of reference must be sent to the LSAC and processed by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Letters sent directly to the law school will not be accepted. 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.