Access Admission Program

A small group of students is admitted each year through this wholly discretionary admission process because the law school recognizes that traditional admission criteria are, in some cases, inadequate predictors of success in law school. Individuals considered for the Alternative Admission Program are members of historically disadvantaged, underrepresented, or physically challenged groups, and/or students whose capabilities may not be accurately reflected in GPAs and LSAT scores.

Applications must be completed by Feb. 1 to be eligible for consideration for the Access Admission Program.

Participants begin legal studies in June, enrolling in a substantive first-year course and participating in intensive writing seminars and sessions on exam-taking and law-study skills. Under the auspices of the Academic Resource Center, a faculty supervisor, legal writing faculty, and other support staff offer guidance for these students during the summer, throughout the first year, and thereafter as appropriate.

Alternative admission is highly competitive. For each candidate admitted, at least 10 others are denied. Enrollment is limited to 10 percent of the class. For more information, contact the Admission Office at (206) 398-4200 or