J.D. Application Process
Below you will find information guiding you through the application process at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
If you have any questions about the application process please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions.
Steps in the Application Process
Step 1 – Take the LSAT & Register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.
All applicants must take the LSAT and register with CAS. Instructions for registering with LSAT/CAS can be obtained from Law School Admission Services at www.lsac.org. Although Law Services provides four opportunities each year for law applicants to take the LSAT, you are advised to take the LSAT no later than December prior to the term in which you wish to enter law school (summer or fall). The highest test score will be used for multiple tests.
Step 2 – Submit application through the LSAC website.
All applications must be made through LSAC. You will need to login or create an account to apply.
LSAC has created an application guide to aid in the application process.
You may check your application status through LSAC’s status checker.
Step 3 – Submit personal statement.
The personal statement is important because it allows you to point out any noteworthy academic achievements, extracurricular activities and business or civic experiences. The personal statement also enables you to demonstrate the ways in which you can contribute your talents and experiences to the law school. Successful applicants have also elaborated on meaningful personal and intellectual interests, and challenges and disadvantages met and overcome.
If you are not a resident of Mississippi, it would be helpful to explain why you are applying as committee members are always interested in knowing why a nonresident applicant is applying here. Oftentimes, applicants have ties to Mississippi, grew up here or have family who still live in the state. You might want to incorporate that kind of information into your personal statement, or you could provide an addendum along with your personal statement explaining your specific interest in the University of Mississippi.
Step 4 – Submit Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of two academic letters of recommendation from professors who have taught you in class, or from professors who have direct experience with your academic ability and potential, are preferred. We strongly discourage recommendation letters from friends and family, and such letters do not substitute for academic letters of recommendation. If you have been out of school for a period of time, you may substitute letters from employers or others who are well-acquainted with your intellectual ability and academic potential. Your letters of recommendation should be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
Step 5 – Submit application fee
The application fee is $40 and must be paid in the form of electronic transmission (Visa or MasterCard).
If you receive a fee waiver from Law Services to take the LSAT, we will also waive the application fee. You will need to provide our office with a copy of the approval letter that you receive from Law Services (LSAC).
Step 6 – Submit Residency Form (optional)
If claiming Mississippi residency, submit the Mississippi Residency Form (pdf) with required documentation.
Reporting of Decision
You will be notified in writing as soon as possible after a decision is made. Decisions are usually made between January and April.
Students are given the option to enter in the summer or fall of each admissions year. Because summer and fall enrollees are considered as one class, the same standards are applied in the decision-making process.
A waiting list may be established and held open until the registration date. Offers will be extended to applicants on the waiting list as vacancies occur. We will make every effort to give each admitted applicant as much time as possible to prepare for enrollment.