1998 - 2000 Catalog Archive

Admission Policies and Procedures

The College of Law admits an entering class only in the fall of each year. The college reserves the right to change at any time its entrance requirements and its rules respecting admission, continuance in the college, or graduation. The present entrance requirements are set forth below.

Pre-Legal Education

Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree or the joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree must have received, or have completed all the requirements for, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The College of Law does not, however, require any particular prelaw curriculum. Generally, an educational background including the humanities, history, the social sciences, mathematics and language skills is important for the study of law. All students are urged in their undergraduate studies to take elective work in English composition or creative writing.

For additional information, see the current The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, published each year by the Law School Admission Council in cooperation with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. The guide includes material on the law and lawyers, prelaw preparation, applying to law schools, and the study of law, together with individualized information on most American law schools. It may be obtained at college bookstores or ordered from Law School Admission Services, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998, phone: (215) 968-1001.

Selection of Students

The College of Law admits students selectively. In general, the more highly qualified applicants are admitted first. About 150 students are admitted to the full-time program each year, while 35 are admitted to the part-time program. In choosing among applicants who may reasonably be expected to study law successfully, the college considers factors which will ensure that the entering law school class will be widely representative of society.

The college considers all factors which bear upon the ability of an applicant to study law successfully. Undergraduate grades, LSAT scores, and letters of recommendation are important. The college also evaluates experience, accomplishments, graduate study, the LSAT "writing sample" and other factors relevant to the ability to study law successfully or to the college's policy of having a diverse student body.

The median LSAT for the entering class generally is in the 55-65th percentile. The median GPA is approximately 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Typically these medians are substantially the same for the full-time and part-time programs.

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application forms and admissions information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, College of Law, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606-3390.

The procedure for applying to the College of Law is as follows:

1.Complete and mail the application, with a non-refundable application fee of $30, to the College of Law.

2.Register with the Law Services for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). An LSAT/LSDAS Registration Packet may be obtained from the Law Services, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998, telephone number (215)-968-1001. LSDAS will require that you submit college or university transcripts directly to the Service. The LSAT must be taken within three years of the year the applicant proposes to enter the College of Law.

3.Two letters of recommendation should be sent to the Office of Admissions, College of Law.

The College of Law usually begins to make admission decisions in December of the preceding year. Applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their applications before March 15 of the year they propose to enter. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply in the fall of their senior year. Applicants filing after March 15 for the full-time program and after May 15 for the part-time program are encouraged to file but will usually be competing for a small number of remaining available spaces. In applying, persons are requested to indicate a preference for the full-time or the part-time program, but may also indicate a willingness to attend either.

A student who has been accepted for admission into one entering class but who does not enroll in that class must reapply for any later class.

Acceptance Deposit

Each applicant who is accepted for admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of $75 in a manner and at such time as the Dean of the college shall require. This fee is credited to instructional fees at fall semester registration.

Transfer Students

A student in good standing at an ABA-approved law school may apply for admission to the College of Law. The amount of transfer credit recognized will be determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on an individual basis.

International Students

Anapplicant whose pre-legal work was taken in an institution located outside the United States may be admitted as a regular student after an evaluation of his or her record by an appropriate agency skilled in evaluating foreign institutions, provided that this record meets the substance of the requirements for regular students. Such an applicant will be admitted only after presenting adequate evidence to the college of his or her knowledge and usage of the English language. A person whose undergraduate work was taken outside the United States is reminded that the source of the degree may bear on eligibility to practice law in a particular state. Persons who are not American citizens are advised that the practices in various states may differ with regard to their eligibility to be examined for admission to the bar, regardless of where their undergraduate and law degrees were obtained.

Special Students

The college may admit persons whose professional activities would benefit from law study to take selected courses as special students. Credit earned by a special student is not accepted toward a degree in law. Any person wishing to be so admitted must file with the college an application for admission, a transcript of any college credit earned, and a written statement explaining how the study of particular law courses would be of benefit. Special students are subject to all requirements prescribed for regular students.

Members of the Bar

Members of the bar may be admitted to the classes of the college upon an application showing evidence of their pre-legal education, legal education and admission to the bar, providing they enroll without expectation of credit. If they desire credit, they must qualify in the usual manner as regular or special students.


Persons with a broad educational background, who have a special need for a limited acquaintance with an area of law, may be admitted to one or more classes in the college upon application with an accompanying statement of their situation and needs. Unless the applicant seeks admission as a regular or special student, status and privileges will be those of an auditor as defined by University rules and practices, and the student will receive no credit for attendance or work done pursuant to such enrollment.

Last Updated: 6/27/22