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Application Process

The application process at CUNY School of Law begins October 1, when applications are first received. Members of the Admissions Committee review completed application files and then vote on a decision. Interviews are not part of the admissions process, although an applicant may be asked by the Admissions Committee to provide additional information to help with its review. Applicant requests for personal interviews will not be acknowledged or granted.

For admission to CUNY School of Law, a bachelor's degree is required from an institution, accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.

Applications that are denied are not subject to appeal.

The application form, personal statement and other materials submitted in support of the application must be submitted electronically through at the time of application.

No part of the application will be returned for any reason.

Application Fee

An application fee of $60 (U.S) paid electronically (only) through LSAC is required of each applicant. This fee is not refundable and will not be credited toward any other Law School or University charges.

Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York.

Personal Statement

The Admissions Committee seeks to evaluate an applicant's writing skills, commitment to the Law School's principles and involvement in extracurricular or service-related activities through an assessment of the required personal statement.

Please address the following questions within the context of your personal statement. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement.

  1. your reasons for wanting to be a lawyer;
  2. your reasons for wanting to attend CUNY, a public interest law school;
  3. your strengths;
  4. any economic, social, or other obstacles that you have overcome in the course of your education or life;
  5. if you worked while in college or graduate school, you should discuss the effect of that work on your academic experience.

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required to complete an application for admission. We seek letters from individuals who know your work and abilities in unusual depth and detail, and who are willing to take the time necessary to provide us with a deeper understanding of the activities, work or events that demonstrate your strength in one or more of the areas of particular interest to our admissions committee.

The specialized nature of the Law School's program, and the criteria utilized in the admissions process, are not typical ones. If there are two individuals who can provide special insight into your experience, aptitude or ability, particularly with respect to the criteria on which we base admissions, you should ask them to submit letters. For example, letters from a professor who has taught you, or from a supervisor on a job or at a volunteer activity, or from a community or spiritual leader with whom you have worked, can be especially helpful. Letters from friends of the family who only know you socially are not helpful. Letters from relatives are not acceptable.

Letters of recommendation are an important part of the Admissions Committee's review process. All applicants are required to have two letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of their application for admission. If you are currently enrolled in undergraduate school or your undergraduate degree was awarded September 2014 or later, one of your required letters must be written by the professor of one of the undergraduate courses for which you received academic credit. (This is an "academic" letter.) All letters must be recent, signed, dated and on letterhead stationery. These two required letters must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.

If you previously applied to CUNY School of Law, we recommend that you provide us with two new letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. If you provided an academic letter of recommendation in your previous application (dated within five years of the current application), we will honor that letter as one of the two required letters.

We welcome supplemental letters of recommendation from CUNY Law graduates and others who have a special connection to our program. Each letter must be on letterhead, dated within the last year and have the recommender's original signature.


Persons who have previously applied for admission to the Law School and who wish to apply again are considered re-applicants.

Re-applicants must follow all procedures and meet all deadlines established for first-time applicants. Previous applications cannot be "reactivated." A 2017 electronic application and non-refundable $60 (U.S.) application fee must be submitted through LSAC. In addition, re-applications require a current CAS subscription even if you did not retake the LSAT or since your last application.

Application Requirements Checklist

Applicants for first-year admission must submit the following, in accordance with our policies, to complete an application file for review by the Admissions Committee:

  • a completed 2017 application (submitted electronically through
  • a non-refundable $60 (U.S.) application fee;
  • a personal statement;
  • an active and complete CAS subscription, including a recent LSAT score (Please note that to be considered for Fall 2018, we only accept LSAT scores up to June 11, 2018)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • if you answered "yes" to any of the Character and Fitness questions on the application form, you must attach an addendum with complete explanation, including relevant dates.

Transfer applicants and re-applicants for readmission may have different or additional requirements. All applicants are encouraged to carefully read and follow these instructions before completing and submitting an application. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions or you do not understand any part of these instructions.

Applicant Deadlines

First-Year Entering Students Application Deadline

  • Fall 2018 - Apply by July 15, 2018
  • Spring admission is not offered to first-year entering students.

Transfer & Visiting Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 - Apply by Dec 1, 2017
  • Fall 2018 - Apply by July 1, 2018

The review of an application begins only once it is complete; early application is advised. Application decisions may be made on or before July 15; this timeline may be subject to change at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Application Information

Check Your Application Status Online!

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Fraudulent Documents

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Currently in High School

Freshmen applying for admission will be utilizing the CUNY online application located at Applicants are encouraged to consult their school's college advisor/guidance counselor for application procedures and timeline.

A complete application will consist of the following:

  1. CUNY Freshmen Application (online)
  2. $65 application fee
  3. SAT or ACT scores (required)
  4. Official high school transcript
    • Applicants educated outside the United States may now opt to have their transcripts evaluated by UAPC or to have them evaluated by one of the evaluation services listed below:
    • If using one of the above services, you must request an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all secondary school coursework and any external examination certificates earned. Be sure to request that the evaluation service includes certified copies of all documentation used for the evaluation. We will only accept evaluations that are sent directly from the evaluation service to UAPC.
    • UAPC will make the final decision regarding evaluations and admission recommendations.

    • If you opt to have your records evaluated by UAPC, we require copies of the complete secondary school record, secondary school graduation diploma and any external examination certificates earned. If the documents were not issued in English, we require a word-for-word translation as well.


Graduated from High School or GED Recipient

Applicants who have already graduated from high school or who have attained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) should apply online at

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • CUNY Freshmen Application
  • $65 application fee
  • SAT or ACT scores (only required within one year of high school graduation)
  • Official high school transcript or GED scores and diploma.
  • Please send required documents to the University Application Processing Center [UAPC]:

P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Freshmen Preparatory Requirements

The College recommends the completion of a strong academic program in high school as the best preparation for success in college.

A college preparatory program ideally includes the following by the end of the junior year of high school:

Application Deadlines

Fall--February 1th

Spring--September 15th

NOTE: Admission Decision Notification Please note that we send out admission decisions by regular mail and email. All York admissions decisions are sent via email from under the subject line "Your Admission Decision from York". Check your email on a regular basis. If you add this email address to your safe list, your decision will not end up in your junk or spam folder. However, given variations in online security, we recommend that you check both your inbox and junk mail folders just to be sure. Your admission decision will be released to the email address you provided on your application. Keep in mind that only some decisions will be posted on your My Cardinal Page.

  • 3 years of English
  • 3 years of Social Studies
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 2 to 3 years of a Foreign Language
  • 2 to 3 years of Laboratory Sciences
  • 1 year of Performing or Visual Arts