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Juris Doctor and Optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law Admission

The LSU Law Center’s Faculty Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing applications for admission. Although the undergraduate GPA and LSAT score(s) play an integral role in the decision-making process, the Admissions Committee encourages applicants to submit other information that would be of assistance in evaluating the applicant’s aptitude for the study of law and likely contributions to the community of the Law Center. Such factors might include:

  • Academic performance and accomplishments;
  • Evidence of significant leadership and/or public service;
  • Professional and/or military service; and
  • Cultural and/or experiential background.

Applicants must have good moral character. Good moral character includes honesty, trustworthiness and other traits relating to the role of a lawyer in society and the legal system.

Admission is contingent on the accuracy of information received. Failure to fully disclose information may result in the revocation of an admission offer or in disciplinary action by the Law Center or Bar disciplinary authorities.


To apply to the LSU Law Center for the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, you must complete the following steps:

  1. The $50 application fee is waived for all Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law applicants.  
  2. All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). LSAT scores more than five years old will not be considered. Transcripts should be sent directly to the CAS. For more information, please refer to or write to LSAC, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940.
  3. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement. The personal statement provides an opportunity for applicants to describe their personal and educational backgrounds.
  4. A Why LSU statement is required.  In this statement you will describe how your goals overlap with LSU Law’s mission and why you believe LSU Law is a good place for you to pursue your legal education.
  5. Resumés are also required.
  6. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, but the Law Center will accept up to three. All letters must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Services (CAS of LSAC).  The Law Center advises against letters that are personal in nature.  Recommendation letters should be from professors, employers, or others who have a personal knowledge of your academic ability and aptitude for the study of the law.  Letters of recommendation from persons who lack such knowledge do not assist Admissions Committee members in assessing your potential aptitude for the study of the law, and thus, may not be considered.