Applications will be accepted after the April 15th deadline with permission. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information and to request a hard copy application.
Your Completed Application Must Include:
Your application will be considered complete only when these items are received. The LSDAS report will not be released to Gonzaga until at least two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from each previously attended college, university, or law school are received.
Important: We require full disclosure on the application. Failure to comply could result in the denial of your application, and may be cause for dismissal after admission or registration.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited College or University
A specific major is not required. Our students' majors range from philosophy to physics, and political science to computer science.
Ideally, undergraduate students will have pursued a program of study that sought to improve their writing, research, speaking, and critical-thinking skills.
We prefer to accept students who have received their degree from colleges or universities that are accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In the case of international applicants, we will evaluate the degree-granting institution on a case-by-case basis.
The LSDAS Report is facilitated by LSAC and is required of every applicant to Gonzaga School of Law. It includes:
LSAT score and LSAT writing samples
Official academic transcripts
Letters of recommendation
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
The LSAT is administered by LSAC and is offered four times a year, typically in February, June, October, and December.
While your LSAT score and undergraduate performance are important factors in our review, we seriously consider your:
Qualities of character
The Admissions Committee prides itself on the review of an applicant's entire file; your personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation will be carefully reviewed.
So that your official transcript may be posted to your LSDAS Report, the Registrar's Office of your college or university must send it to LSAC.
You are responsible for updating your transcript with LSAC at the completion of each academic term.
Your resume provides the Admissions Committee with insight about activities you have engaged in. We suggest you include:
Academic accomplishments and awards
Extra-curricular college activities
Employment during college, including internships
Employment and activities since graduation from college, if applicable
Public service participation; such as civic, community, and volunteer activities
Your personal statement should provide the Admissions Committee with some insight into your desire to attend law school. Be sure to include any information you consider relevant.
Don't treat your personal statement as a narrative version of your resume or academic background.
Information relating to public service and cultural and/or ethnic diversity may be included in your personal statement or in an addendum.
Please limit your statement to two double-spaced pages.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are meant to provide us with additional information that will help us assess your potential to succeed in law school. We require that you submit two letters of recommendation to the LSDAS.
One should be written by a college professor or instructor who is familiar with your classroom performance, your writing level, and your analytical and critical thinking skills.
If you have been out of school for an extended period, letters from employers and others which effectively assess your abilities, skills, motivation, and sense of responsibility are also helpful.
Addendums (if applicable)
You may submit addendums in response to questions asked on the law-school application. Addendums should be clearly identified with the student's name and Social Security number or LSAC number, the question the addendum is answering, and a concise response to the question.
Questions 22-25 deal with your public service activities, cultural and economic background, low LSAT, or low GPA. You are strongly encouraged to provide addendums if you answer "yes" to any of these questions.
Questions 26-29 ask about your academic record, criminal record, professional service misconduct, and overall character and fitness to practice law. You are required to provide addendums if you answer "yes" to any of these questions.