- Obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. You may apply prior to completion, but you must complete your degree before enrolling at Concordia University School of Law.
- Submit an online application and attach required and/or optional documents listed below.
- Take the LSAT. (Read SAT tips here.)
- Subscribe to the candidate referral service and provide documents required to complete your CAS report.
- Ask for assistance as needed.
Steps for applying online
Log into LSAC - Use the L Number assigned to you from LSAC. (Concordia University School of Law's LSAC code is 4881)
- Click the Apply tab.
- Select School Search Options, then click Add Member Schools.
- Click Credentials to submit a $175 Credential Assembly Service (CAS) fee required to submit your application.
- Click Applications to submit a $30 report fee required to submit your application.
The Concordia University School of Law application processing fee is waived.
- Click the shopping cart button to enter your payment information.
Once you submit your application, the documents you attach will be electronically delivered to Concordia University School of Law within 24 hours.
We begin the review of your application upon receipt of your CAS Report. LSAC sends this report to Concordia University School of Law after they:
- Receive official transcripts from all colleges or universities you've attended.
- Receive at least two letters of recommendation.
- Have a valid LSAT score.
|Application||Required (submit online)|
|Cover Letter||Required (attach to online application)|
|Personal Statement||Required (attach to online application)|
|Letters of Recommendation||2 Required; 4 Accepted (submit to CAS)|
|Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended||Required (submit to CAS)|
|Academic Performance Addendum||Optional (attach to online application)|
|Diversity of Experience Essay||Optional but encouraged (attach to online application)|
|Character & Fitness||Required if applicable (attach addendum to online application in response to any Character & Fitness questions answered in the affirmative)|
Cover Letter (required)
As a new law school, our students, your ideas, leadership, and success will set the standard for and influence the character of the school for years to come. We are an institution that values community engagement, problem solving, and ethical values.
Please use the cover letter to tell us:
- Why have you chosen to apply to Concordia University School of Law?
- How will you enhance or help to create a positive, diverse, and supportive learning environment for your peers?
- What motivates you to be part of a new law school?
Personal Statement (required)
The personal statement is an important aspect of the application for admission as it provides the Admission Committee with insights about who you are beyond your academic record and LSAT score, while providing us with an example of your ability to organize and write a persuasive statement. The personal statement should not exceed three pages and may address any topic, but should include why you are interested in pursuing a law degree. If you are unsure of what to address in your personal statement, please contact an admission professional at 208-639-5440. You may also find the following list of questions helpful in crafting your statement.
- In what ways have your life experiences prepared you to succeed in law school?
- What personal or professional goals have you established for yourself?
- What experiences or people have shaped or influenced you?
- In what ways have you encountered instances of adversity and how have such experiences contributed to your character,
skills, or motivations?
- What skills or personal attributes define who you are?
- What are you passionate about?
Letters of Recommendation or Evaluations (two required)*
Two letters of recommendation are required, and up to four letters may be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation and Evaluation Service. Your recommenders should address those aspects of your character, intellect, values, and academic and communication skills relevant to the ethical study and practice of law. They should not be written by family members, unless they have supervised you in a professional setting.
*In certain cases the Admission Committee may decide to waive this requirement.
Academic Performance Addendum (optional)
If you believe that your LSAT or GPA does not reflect your academic potential for success in law school, please provide an addendum that adds context to our evaluation of your prior academic and/or LSAT performance. (It is recommended that applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 submit an addendum.)
Diversity of Experience Essay (optional, but recommended)
Concordia Law seeks to enroll a class of students that can learn from one another's experiences and we value the diversity that each student can add to the law school community. If your background, life experiences, or personal attributes enhance your ability to contribute to the student body and the legal profession by adding a diverse perspective, we encourage you to share this information within your Personal Statement, or to submit a separate Diversity Essay with your application materials.
Character and Fitness (required based on response)
The law school application includes a number of character and fitness questions. If your response is "yes" to any of these questions, it will be necessary to provide an additional statement of explanation. Affirmative answers to the character and fitness questions do not necessarily preclude or even prejudice admission. However, it is imperative to answer all questions completely and honestly since failure to disclose relevant information can have detrimental consequences not only to your law school admission, but also to your future application to the bar.
Note: If any of your responses to questions about character and fitness change after you have submitted your application or after you have matriculated to the law school, it is your duty to notify the appropriate law school administrator. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of an admission offer, dismissal from the law school, and/or denial by a state bar of the opportunity to take a bar exam.
Qualifications For Admission to the Bar
Standard 504 (a): 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 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and available directly from the publisher or online. You can also contact a jurisdiction directly or various boards of bar examiners for information.