If you are interested in attending law school, we suggest you read Getting Started by the Law School Admission Council. You will discover that there are many ways to prepare for a legal education.
However, before you can attend law school you must receive a bachelor's degree granted by a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association for institutions of higher education. You must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the committee will consider your application to law school.
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
Priority Scholarship Deadline:
Application Deadline for Part-time, Evening:
Priority Application Deadline for Full-time and Part-time, Day:
- +Form & Fee
You must submit the application and pay the $40 application fee electronically through the Law School Admission Council.
- +Personal StatementA personal statement is required. The personal statement is your opportunity to describe yourself to the committee, much like a personal interview. The committee will also use the personal statement to evaluate your writing abilities. While there is no page limit, the typical personal statement is usually two to three pages (typed and double-spaced).
- +Résumé/CVA resume must be included in your application materials. The resume is a great way to detail and highlight your educational achievements; your employment background; your participation in social and civic organizations; your commitment to community or volunteer service; and any awards, honors, or recognitions you have received.
- +Part-Time Division StatementIf you are applying to the part-time day or part-time evening division, you must submit a statement explaining why you are interested in the part-time division and your anticipated employment duties, hours, or other responsibilities that do not allow you to attend school full-time.
- +Diversity Statement (Optional)A diverse student body is important to the College of Law. Diversity is defined as the ability to enhance the multicultural and socioeconomic diversity at the College of Law through such characteristics as ethnicity, race, gender, age, abilities/limitations, and/or multicultural and socioeconomic background. Please feel free to attach a statement describing your diverse background or experiences. While there is no page limit, the typical diversity statement is usually one (1) page, typed and double-spaced.
- +Other DocumentsYou may submit additional attachments that explain information that you wish the committee to consider in making its decision. These attachments include explanations about academic history, standardized testing history, or time away from college and employment.
- +Law School Admission Test (LSAT)You must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the committee will consider your application. The LSAT is offered four times per year, usually in June, September/October, December, and February. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, plan to take the LSAT by December.
- +Credential Assembly Service ReportYou must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS will provide the committee with a report that includes your LSAT score(s), writing sample from the LSAT, letters of recommendation, and a transcript summarization.
- +Letters of RecommendationLetters of recommendation from professors or supervisors provide the committee with useful information, especially if you have worked closely with them. While letters of recommendation are not required, you are encouraged to submit two (2) letters directly to the CAS.
You must send transcripts directly to the CAS from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have attended. Prior to enrolling in the College of Law, you must have obtained a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Character and fitness is an important requirement for admission to both law school and the state bar where you wish to practice. The application process for both requires you to provide detailed information about your past.
Failure to disclose conduct relating to character and fitness could result in revocation of your admission to or expulsion from the College, revocation of a scholarship offer, or a state’s refusal to admit you to practice law. Your responsibility to immediately notify the law school if any answer becomes inaccurate or incomplete after submission of this application continues throughout the admissions process. If you are admitted to and enrolled in the College of Law, this responsibility continues during your law school enrollment.
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. [ABA Standard 504 (a)]
The best policy is full disclosure when answering each of the seven questions. If you answered "yes" to any of the questions, you must attach a detailed explanation for each offense. Be sure to include the date, location, the nature of the charge, a detailed account of the circumstances leading to the charge, the disposition of the case, and any sanction imposed. Attaching third-party records such as court records or educational records without including your detailed explanation is insufficient.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 859.572.5490.
NKU Chase seeks to admit individuals who have the best prospect of high-quality academic work and who have the potential to make a positive contribution to the profession. The Admissions Committee relies heavily on each applicant's undergraduate grades and performance on the LSAT during the application review process.
In addition, the committee considers the following factors: upward trend of undergraduate grades; time between college graduation and application; college grading and course selection patterns; outside work while in college; letters of recommendation; graduate study; cultural, educational or sociological deprivation; employment background; leadership ability; speaking or linguistic ability; and demonstrated competence in another profession or vocation.
NKU Chase seeks diversity in the student body by considering in no particular order sex, age, cultural or geographic background, and minority status.