How to Apply
The JD application for fall 2023 is now open.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2023
General Application Requirements
The following items must be submitted to complete our JD application.
Earned by your law school enrollment date, from an accredited college or university
Arizona Law accepts either the LSAT or GRE, as long as the score was earned within five years of the expected date of entry into law school.
If you have already taken the LSAT, your LSAT score will be used in making your admissions decision. You may apply before you take the LSAT or GRE or receive your score, but your application will not be complete until we have received your official score report for either test.
Applicants who take the LSAT must only submit an application to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law via the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and participate in the Credential Assembly Service provided by LSAC. LSAC will then forward your LSAT results for the prior five years to us as part of their comprehensive application services.
Applicants who elect to take the GRE (instead of the LSAT) must instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law all GRE test scores from the prior five-year period.
Applicants who have taken the GRE can log in to their ETS account and select the University of Arizona as a recipient of GRE results using the ETS UA code: 2670.
Applicants electing to take the GRE must also participate in the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.
If you are admitted, complete the Statement of Residency Classification (SORC) to confirm your residency. You will be given your residency results upon completion.
Students should also Verify their Lawful Presence through their UAccess Student Center in order to be eligible for in-state tuition or receive financial aid that is funded or subsidized by state monies.
For more information please contact the Residency Classification Office directly:
Residency Classification Office
Secure two letters of recommendation. These should substantively detail your analytical abilities and writing skills. You should have these sent directly to the online LSAC services for submitting letters.
Write a personal statement describing your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including education and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any other circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction.
A resume is one of the best ways to describe the range of your work and volunteer experiences, skills, and interests. If you have been out of college for more than one year, please explain any gaps in your resume.
The admissions committee also evaluates educational experiences, grade trends, significant service, educational and occupational experiences, socioeconomic background, individual challenges and other factors.
Applicants who plan to practice law should also note that bar admission requires consideration of character and moral fitness. We encourage you to learn more about various state bar associations and legal ethics as you plan your law education.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Requirements for International Applicants
If you have a non-U.S. law degree, you may be eligible to apply via Advanced Admissions for Non-U.S. Lawyers. This program offers an accelerated path, allowing you to earn your JD in two years. An LSAT score is not required to apply via Advanced Admissions. More information is available here, along with application instructions.
If you are an international student seeking admission to the JD program, and do not have a non-U.S. law degree, you must apply as first-year student as outlined above in the General Application Requirements.
Most international applicants must also submit transcripts for any postsecondary academic work completed outside the United States, its territories, or Canada through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (JD-CAS).
However, if you completed foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and if that work is clearly indicated as such on your transcript, you do not need to submit materials through JD-CAS.
Finally, if your undergraduate degree is from a school where English was not the language of instruction, you must submit a TOEFL score to LSAC. Contact the Educational Testing Service, and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC (institution code number 0058, department code 03). In general, the target scores candidates should submit are a TOEFL score of approximately 100 iBT or IELTS overall score of 7.5. We also look at the breakdown of subsection scores for listening, speaking, writing and reading.