J.D. Admission Application Programs

Applicants seeking entry must choose one of the following options based on their current enrollment status.

  • The traditional J.D.  Admission Program is for individuals seeking to enroll as a first year law student and requires a reportable Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

  • The Aggie Direct Alternative Admission Program is for individuals seeking to enroll as a first year law student and waives the requirement of a professional- or graduate-school entrance examination for those with a baccalaureate degree conferred by Texas A&M University that meet a specific set of criteria.

  • The Transfer Admission Program is for individuals seeking to enroll with advanced academic standing due to course credits earned at another ABA-accredited law school.

  • The Visiting Student Admission Program is for individuals seeking to enroll on a temporary basis in a limited number of courses with the intent of transferring course credit to another ABA-accredited law school.
All applicants will not be eligible for each admission program.  Each option has distinct eligibility requirements and has a unique set of advantages and restrictions.  You are advised to thoroughly review the description of your admission program of choice and, if necessary, seek guidance from one of our admission professionals.

General Academic Requirements & Factors Evaluated

Texas A&M School of Law requires an applicant for admission to possess a baccalaureate degree conferred by an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education prior to enrollment. 

Foreign-educated applicants must possess a degree equivalent to that of a U.S. baccalaureate, and demonstrate their English language proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Texas A&M School of Law values diversity of persons and diversity of views and will take into account factors such as ethnic heritage, socioeconomic background, status as a first generation college graduate, geographic residency, multilingualism, exposure to diverse cultural experiences, and any other considerations deemed necessary to accomplish its stated mission in the evaluation process.

Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, Texas A&M School of Law reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, fails to meet the character and moral fitness standard required by the institution and licensing boards in the study and practice of law.

Texas A&M's Core Values & The Successful Applicant

The successful applicant will present an academic record demonstrating his or her aptitude for legal study as well as potential for success on the bar examination and in the practice of law.  Additionally, we seek individuals who embody the six Core Values of Texas A&M University, and help our mission to develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.


Do you have what it takes? We’re looking for law students that will be lifelong learners, intellectually curious, and dedicated to the (ever changing) practice of law.  Factors such as your performance on standardized examinations (LSAT or GRE) and your academic record in degree-granting programs of study assist the admissions committee in assessing your aptitude for legal study and the likelihood of success on the bar examination.


What do your actions say about you? Your application will reflect your past academic and personal conduct, and integrity is at the heart of lawyer professionalism.  To err is human, and a past mistake does not have to define us. The willingness to take ownership of our mistakes, employ the lessons learned, and avoid future transgressions demonstrates the integrity expected of an Aggie and a member of the legal profession.


How have you gone above and beyond?  Have you assisted others in their personal and professional development? Your résumé and personal statement should highlight your work experience, meaningful participation in extracurricular activities, and the ability to overcome roadblocks.


What’s your passion? Commitment to a cause or an organization provides opportunities for collaboration and innovation. We’re looking for students with a history of contributing to the greater good of their school and community.


Do you play well with others? What do your professional and academic recommenders say about your abilities? Your letters of recommendation and evaluation show us how you have begun to develop your professional identity and the kinds of relationships you have developed in the past.

Selfless Service

How do you give back? Lawyers have great responsibility to serve their clients, society, and the law. How have you used your academic, personal, and professional experience to shape your world? Highlight the ways you have been of service to others, and how you plan to use your law degree to serve in the future.

Interested in learning about the steps to apply to Texas A&M School of Law? Click on one of the options below to get started.

Texas A&M Core Values