Entering J.D. Students Admissions Process

Texas A&M School of Law

Applicants for admission must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education. Foreign educated applicants must possess an equivalent degree. The Law School offers full-time and part-time day programs of study.

Applicants must register with the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to access the electronic application and submit the required documents necessary to complete the admissions process. The admissions application will be released in early September. The admissions priority deadline is February 1 with a final application deadline of July 1. The class will begin study in mid-August 201​8.

Admission decisions are based on a thorough review of each applicant’s file. While the strength of the applicant’s complete academic record and standardized test scores figure prominently in the process, a multitude of factors are considered in ascertaining an applicant’s probability of successfully completing the program of study and passing a bar examination. To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following items:

  • Completed J.D. application.
  • A nonrefundable $55 application fee.
  • A descriptive résumé including details about:
    • The applicant’s educational background, honor societies, military service, extracurricular activities, public/community service, honors and awards, publications, foreign language proficiencies, and any other significant achievements and involvements.
    • The applicant’s work history. Be sure to include the name of the employer or organization, location, dates of employment, position(s) held, a general description of duties performed, and any employer recognized achievements.
  • A personal statement typed, double-spaced not exceeding two pages. There is no specific format or prompt for the personal statement. It is an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to learn about the applicant, as well as evaluate his or her writing ability. The statement should illustrate the life experiences and talents that make the applicant unique. Applicants are invited to write about significant obstacles overcome or events in their life that influenced their perspective and motivates them to pursue a law degree.
  • Statement, if applicable, explaining affirmative answers to questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted through the LSAC CAS, attesting to the applicant’s preparedness for legal study. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters from current or former professors and past or present supervisors. Letters of recommendation based primarily on personal relationships should be avoided.
  • A reportable LSAT score released as part of the LSAC CAS report.
  • Official academic transcripts, submitted through the LSAC CAS, from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools attended, including final transcripts reflecting the conferral of all degrees earned – associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.

Once the applicant completes and submits the electronic application, the law school will automatically request an official copy of the CAS report from LSAC. Please note, an application will not be considered complete until the law school receives each of the items listed above.

AGGIE DIRECT Admissions Program

Aggie-Direct-1560The AGGIE DIRECT alternative admissions program allows a limited number* of Texas A&M University graduates to enter Texas A&M School of Law without taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Learn how to qualify for the A​GGIE D​IRECT program:

Aggie-Direct-1560In order to qualify for this program, the following criteria must be met:

  • you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Texas A&M University or graduated no earlier than twelve months prior to the proposed date of matriculation at the law school; and
  • scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT**;  and
  • achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.

*American Bar Association (ABA) ​Standard 503-3 allows up to 10% of the entering law school class to be admitted through this program.

**In accordance with Texas A&M University undergraduate admission policy, the highest composite or total ACT or SAT score from a single test date will be considered.

Application Process

Applicants who wish to be considered for the AGGIE DIRECT alternative admissions program must complete the following steps:

Step 1.  Express Your Intent to Apply

  • Contact Assistant Dean Terence L. Cook, tcook@law.tamu.edu, to express your interest in the program and request a preliminary review of your eligibility.

Step 2.  Submit Your Official ACT and/or SAT Score Report(s)

  • Arrange to have an official ACT and/or SAT score report(s) sent directly to Texas A&M School of Law Admissions Office. Reportable ACT and/or SAT scores must be dated no more than 5 years prior to the proposed date of matriculation at the law school.

    Mailing Address
    Texas A&M University School of Law
    Office of Admissions c/o Mr. Joseph Lindsay
    1515 Commerce St. | Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Step 3.  Sign Up for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at LSAC.org

LSAC serves as a central clearinghouse for applicants applying to law school. CAS streamlines the process by allowing applicants to have supporting documents collected and summarized into a single comprehensive report to be shared with Texas A&M School of Law. Please make arrangements to have the following documents sent directly to LSAC: 

  • all post-secondary transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation (LORs).  

Step 4.  Complete the Texas A&M School of Law Electronic Application

  • use your LSAC account to access and complete our electronic application   
  • upload your personal statement
  • upload your résumé
  • read all statements and notices and affix your electronic signature

Step 5.  Receive Acknowledgment of Your Completed Application

Once your electronic application has been received, the Texas A&M School of Law Admissions Office will request an official copy of your CAS report from LSAC and notify you once your application is complete and ready for the review process. 

Important Notice 

The AGGIE DIRECT alternative admissions program is highly competitive. At minimum, applicants must satisfy all academic criteria. However, simply meeting the requirements of eligibility does not guarantee admission. Applicants that do not receive an offer of admission through the AGGIE DIRECT program are eligible to pursue admission through the traditional admission process. 

Texas A&M School of Law reserves the right to request any additional information necessary to verify the accuracy of submitted materials and to evaluate an applicant’s aptitude for legal study as well as potential for success on the bar examination and in other professional endeavors.

Questions?

Texas A&M University Office of Professional School Advising, located in the Career Center on the second floor of the John J. Koldus Building (209 Koldus), serves as an excellent resource for pre-law students. Visit the website at opsa.tamu.edu to view upcoming events or call 979-847-8938 to schedule an appointment. 

Questions regarding the AGGIE DIRECT alternative admissions program should be directed to Assistant Dean Terence L. Cook, Texas A&M School of Law, at tcook@law.tamu.edu or 817-212-40​40.

Foreign Educated Applicants

Texas A&M University School of Law requires foreign educated applicants, who completed their degrees outside the U.S., its territories, or Canada, to submit all transcripts to LSAC for evaluation and authentication. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by LSAC and submitted to the Law School as part of the CAS report.

English Language Proficiency - In addition to all other application requirements, foreign educated applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This applies to all applicants whose first language is not English and/or who received degrees from an institution outside the U.S., its territories, or Canada. Please arrange to have test scores sent directly from the testing agency to LSAC. Scores reported within the last two (2) years are acceptable and will be included in the LSAC CAS report. The recommended minimum score for the TOEFL is 100 on the internet-based test (TOEFL-iBt). The recommended minimum score for the IELTS is 7.0.