First Year JD Applicant
At Roger Williams University School of Law, we seek to enroll a diverse first year JD class from across the United States and the world. With an emphasis on experiential education through our Clinical Guarantee, we welcome applications from prospective students who wish to learn through practice.
What we look for
The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically in making admissions decisions.
The applicant's undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and the LSAT score are two important factors in determining admission to the School of Law, in addition to the other required application components including: the personal statement, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, optional diversity statement, and any addenda submitted with the application.
Also considered are other factors that indicate an ability to successfully complete the requirements for a Juris Doctor degree including: graduate degree, work experience, involvement in undergraduate extracurricular activities, rigor of undergraduate courses, community involvement, life experiences and other appropriate considerations. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis.
The Admissions Committee releases decisions from December through July of each year. Most decisions are mailed in March and April, or, for applications submitted late in the process, 6 - 8 weeks after file completion.
Applicants are notified promptly by U.S. Mail when a decision has been reached. Applicants improve opportunities for favorable decisions and scholarship consideration by applying early.
Roger Williams University School of Law is committed to establishing a diverse student population and encourages members of minority groups, women and other traditionally under-represented groups in the legal profession to apply for admission.
A Completed School of Law Application
Students apply to the School of Law by submitting an electronic application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
Applicants are required to register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
The CAS report includes the LSAT score(s) and transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate schools attended. The RWU Law code number is 3081.
To register for the LSAT and CAS, please contact: Law Services, P.O. Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18930-0998. Telephone (215) 968-1001 or online at www.lsac.org.
Applicants who received their undergraduate degree outside the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada should review the requirements for International Student Applicants.
Admission to the school is contingent upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.
Each applicant must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is offered several times per year.
We recommend that you take the LSAT no later than January in the year in which you intend to matriculate. Therefore, if you are applying for the fall 2019 term, we recommend that you take the LSAT no later than January 2019. While we will accept a March test score, we encourage you to take an earlier test for optimal consideration for admission and scholarship consideration.
A June test score will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 254-4555 before registering for the June exam if you plan to take the test in the year in which you intend to matriculate. You will also need to complete a June LSAT Acknowledgment Webform.
We will not accept a July test score in the year in which you intend to matriculate.
LSAT scores are considered stale after five years.
Additional information on the LSAT, including test dates, test locations, free online test preparation, and online registration, is available from the Law School Admission Council.
The Admissions Committee attaches significant value to statements made in this supplement, which should not exceed three (3) pages and should address:
a. Why do you want to pursue the study of law?
b. What educational, employment, or family experiences would be relevant to your application?
c. What unique factors in your background would enrich the RWU Law classroom experience?
The personal statement will be uploaded as an attachment through the LSAC application.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation is required to complete your application. The School of Law welcomes and reads additional letters. Letters must be submitted directly to the LSAC and will be forwarded to the School of Law via the CAS Report. If you have been enrolled in an academic program within the last three years, the School of Law prefers at least one academic recommendation.
Positive and meaningful recommendations concerning your analytical skills, communication, and writing abilities often prove helpful in the Committee's decision making. Therefore, the School of Law advises the submission of letters of recommendation from college professors who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. If you have been out of school for some time, letters from a supervisor or co-worker can be helpful.
The School of Law requires that letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service that serves all member schools. This service is included in the CAS Registration Subscription. Letters will be copied and sent to the Office of Admissions along with your CAS Report.
Submit a resume that outlines your academic and professional experience. The resume will be uploaded as an attachment through the LSAC application.
Diversity Essay (Optional)
You may submit an optional diversity essay. The School of Law seeks to admit a class of varying backgrounds and experiences. In our judgment, exposure to widely diverse people, ideas, cultures, and viewpoints help prepare students to develop the skills and sensitivity necessary to succeed in today's classroom environment. Read more about diversity in the RWU Law admissions process.
Character & Fitness
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 Bar Conference of Bar Examiners.
Due to the the current health crisis, we will accept late applications throughout the 2020 cycle. We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.
Applicants admitted after March 15th should follow the deposit schedule outlined in their acceptance letter.
|Applications Open||September 1|
|Priority Deadline||April 1|
|First Seat Deposit Deadline||April 15|
|Second Seat Deposit Deadline||June 1|
|Classes Begin||Mid- August|
RWU Law believes that every qualified person should have access to a legal education regardless of financial status. The Financial Aid Office provides information about and access to a variety of funding sources to supplement each student’s available funds and any merit-based scholarships awarded at the time of admission. Major sources of funds include the Federal Government, private loan providers, and private foundations.
Financial aid is available for the full cost of attendance, including both direct costs (tuition, books, fees, and supplies) and indirect costs (housing, utilities, food, transportation, loan fees, etc.) of attending law school.
Additional information about financial aid may be found at:
Thank you for applying to Roger Williams University School of Law! We hope that you will monitor your application status using the Applicant Status Online (ASO) feature as your ASO will be updated promptly as any status changes occur.
You will receive an initial email from the Office of Admissions to confirm receipt of your application, which will include your username and password for ASO. If you do not receive this email, please contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 254-4555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Be sure to add @rwu.edu to your list of accepted email addresses to ensure that you receive all communications regarding your application.