J.D. Admission Program Process

Fall 2024 Cohort

Texas A&M School of Law Application Release Date
August ​7, 2023

Priority 1 Decision Deadline
December ​8, 2023

Priority 2 Decision Deadline
February 1, 2024

Priority 3 Decision Deadline
March 1, 2024

Binding Decision Deadline
March 1, 2024
(see below for further information)

Late Decision Deadline
April 1, 2024

Final Application Deadline 
May 31, 20​24

Orientation and Classes
Begins Mid-August 20​24

Application Requirements and Process

To be considered for admission, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements and complete the process:

  • Earned Baccalaureate Degree or its Equivalent

    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 a degree equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate.

  • Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 
    • The LSAT remains the most-widely accepted law school entrance examination. The exam is offered ​eight times per year.  To learn more or register, visit https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines.

    • Applicants for admission should select Texas A&M School of Law as a recipient of their GRE results report submitted directly to the School of Law from ETS. The Texas A&M Law School ETS GRE Designated Institution (DI) code is 2593. Applicants may register for the GRE at https://www.ets.org/gre/. If you have already taken the GRE General Test, you must arrange to have all score reports sent directly to the Law School. The admissions committee will consider your highest GRE score. Please note, Texas A&M is one of a few law schools accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT for admission consideration. Most law schools will require an LSAT score as part of their application processes.

  • Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service

    Applicants must register with the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to access the electronic application and upload the required documents necessary to complete the admissions process.

    Applicants must also arrange to have the following documents submitted directly to LSAC:

    • Two Letters of Recommendation

      Letters of recommendation should attest to the applicant’s preparedness and suitability for legal study and the practice of law. Therefore, 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.

    • Official Academic Transcripts

      ALL transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools attended, including final transcripts reflecting the conferral of all degrees earned (associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral), must be submitted.

  • Complete the J.D. application

  • Upload Supporting Documents to the J.D. application

    • Descriptive Résumé

      Be sure to include details about your 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. Reported work history should 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.

    • Personal Statement

      A typed, double-spaced document 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.

    • Character and Fitness Addendum

      A statement, if applicable, explaining affirmative answers to questions in the Character and Fitness section of the application.

  • Submit the nonrefundable $65 application fee (automatically waived for Fall 2024 applications)
  • Optional Components: Applicants may choose to submit optional items, including:

    • Contribution addendum (no more than two pages, double-spaced, 11-pt. font, 1” margins).
      • How will you contribute to the Texas A&M Law student body and the legal community? We recognize that applicants have a wide array of lived experiences that allow them to contribute to the student body and legal community in many different ways. You are invited to discuss any experiences or aspects of who you are that may contribute to and enhance the educational environment of Texas A&M Law. You may wish to discuss how you have been shaped by your geographic location, racial and ethnic identity, socio-economic background, religion, age, extracurricular or community involvement, upbringing, work experience, physical or mental disability, academic background, experience studying and/or living abroad, national origin, sexual orientation, service in the Armed Forces or other civil service, gender identity, or ideology.

    • Additional letter of recommendation: A third letter of recommendation may be submitted through LSAC;

    • Addendum addressing prior academic or test performance (no more than one page, double-spaced, 11-pt. font, 1” margins). Please refer to the “Attachments” tab for further guidance. 150%

Binding Decision Program

Applicants who have carefully considered their law school options and are confident that Texas A&M School of Law is their clear first choice of law school may apply via the Binding Decision program. If you want or need to compare multiple admission and scholarship offers, you should apply via the Regular Decision process rather than through the Binding Decision program. You should carefully read these instructions and the Binding Decision Certification Form before committing to applying via Binding Decision.

Texas A&M School of Law evaluates Binding Decision applicants according to the same selection criteria as Regular Decision applicants; however, Binding Decision applicants’ particular interest in Texas A&M School of Law is specially considered by the Admissions Committee. If admitted through the Binding Decision program, applicants commit to matriculating at Texas A&M School of Law in Fall 2024. Upon admission to Texas A&M School of Law, applicants must withdraw all other open law school applications and may not initiate any new applications. Failure to honor these commitments may result in revocation of admission.

Binding Decision applicants may be offered admission, denied admission, or rolled into the Regular Decision application pool. Binding Decision applicants who are denied admission may not reapply via Regular Decision for the same admissions cycle. All applicants who are admitted via Binding Decision will be awarded a merit scholarship; however, scholarships will not be awarded until early 2024, regardless of when the applicant is admitted.

Binding Decision applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and will receive a decision within 21 days of completion. A Binding Decision application will be considered complete only after Texas A&M School of Law receives the applicant’s LSAT/GRE scores, CAS report, and signed Binding Decision Certification Form (available under the “Forms” tab). The final deadline to submit a Binding Decision application is March 1, 2024.

Applicants who apply to Texas A&M School of Law through the Binding Decision Program may apply to other law schools, but may not have more than one active binding application at any one time. If an applicant has already submitted a binding application to another law school, the applicant may apply to Texas A&M School of Law through the Binding Decision Program only if they are released from their binding commitment to the other law school (generally, by being denied binding admission or waitlisted by the other law school).

You are strongly encouraged to speak with Assistant Director of Admissions Meredith Livermore (meredith.livermore@law.tamu.edu) before submitting a Binding Decision application to determine whether applying via Binding Decision is right for you. 

Note to Foreign-Educated Applicants

Transcript Evaluation and Authentication
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
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.