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.
The priority application deadline is March 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Late applications and late LSAT scores will be considered as space permits.
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.
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.
Please note that if you choose to apply with the GRE, you must submit all valid GRE rest 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.
Statement of Interest
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. 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.