Applying to UNT Dallas College of Law
All of the materials that go into your application are submitted online. The main “portal” for this purpose is the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LSAC is a nonprofit entity that processes application materials for law school applicants nationwide. (It also administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and provides extensive information and services relating to law schools generally.) Once you set up an account with the LSAC, you will register with the “Credential Assembly Service” (CAS). This service, administered by the LSAC, combines some of the required documents you provide, along with your LSAT score, and sends the resulting compiled materials (the CAS report) to the law school.
In summary, completing the application will require these steps:
- Create an account with the LSAC
- Take the LSAT
- Register with the CAS
- Complete the UNT Dallas College of Law application and submit all required documents online
Check Application Status
You can check the status of your online application to the UNT Dallas College of Law by using the online application hosted at the Law School Admission Council website. Please note, a new browser tab/window will open when you click the link below.
Checklist for Completing Your Application
The following checklist summarizes the documents for a complete application to the UNT Dallas College of Law. You will find out more detail about each of these items —for instance, directions about the personal statement and resume—in the UNT Dallas College of Law Application Instructions, which you can access through your LSAC account.
|Document||Required or Optional?|
|Application||Required. This is available online through LSAC.|
|Personal Statement (no longer than 3 pages, double-spaced)||Required. You will attach this to your online application.|
|Resume (no longer than 3 pages)||Required. You will attach this to your online application.|
|Official transcripts from all community colleges and universities attended for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs (including official transcripts for summer school courses, community college courses, visiting student courses, etc.)||Required. Submit to CAS.|
|Official transcripts from all prior law schools attended||Required. Submit to CAS.|
|Two letters of recommendation required (not more than three letters) dated within three years of the application submission date||Required. Submit to CAS.|
|Addendum addressing academic performance or LSAT test score* (no more than 3 pages each, double-spaced)||Optional. You will attach these to your online application.|
|Addendum addressing character and fitness response (no page limit)||Required depending on answers to questions relating to character and fitness. You will attach these to your online application.|
*The applicant must have a recent LSAT score (taken within three years of the application submission date).
Please be aware that the College of Law will not review an application without a completed CAS Report. You must make sure that you have completed all requirements with LSAC so that your report is transmitted to the College of Law. Your report is not complete until you have a valid LSAT score, submitted transcripts from all academic institutions attended, and submitted the required two letters of recommendation for authentication and certification by LSAC.
To review or check the status of your CAS report, please log into your LSAC online account. Questions concerning your LSAC account or CAS report should be directed to the LSAC at 215.968.1001.
The College of Law may decide that additional information is needed to evaluate an application, including an interview. Interviews are required if you have been a prior student at a law school. In that circumstance, the Office of Admissions will notify the applicant to schedule an interview.
Other applicants may request an optional interview. The applicant makes that request by selecting “yes” to question number two (2) under section one (1) on the Application. While the interview is not required, it provides the applicant with an additional opportunity to present qualifications and interest in the College of Law. Interviews are usually conducted November thorugh March.
All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Character and Fitness
All states require applicants to the bar to establish their character and fitness to practice law. All law school applicants should carefully review the character and fitness requirements for the state in which they intend to practice. Links to state bar examiners can be located at: http://www.ncbex.org/character-and-fitness/.
In your application to the UNT Dallas College of Law, you will be required to answer character and fitness questions that are similar to questions addressed in the bar licensing process.The application and its accompanying instructions include detailed information about these and other parts of the application process.