First Year Applicant Instructions
First-year applications are considered for fall semester admission only.
The First Year Application will be posted to LSAC.org by September 15th. The Transfer Application will be posted to LSAC.org by February 1st.
The following is required to complete an application for admission:
- A completed Application for Admission. Seton Hall Law only accepts electronic application submissions. You can access our electronic application by signing up for a Law School Admission Council (LSAC) account at lsac.org. The application includes a required personal statement, extracurricular list, and resume which all can be electronically attached.
- A nonrefundable application fee of $65 (check or money order payable to "Seton Hall University School of Law". Visa, MasterCard or American Express are also accepted.).
- A current LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription with all academic transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, foreign, etc.) and recent LSAT scores (CAS subscriptions are purchased through LSAC);
- One (1) current (not more than two years old) letter of recommendation. One or two additional recommendations or evaluations (via the LSAC Evaluation Service) are strongly encouraged. Letters may be sent directly to the law school, or transmitted via the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service (the preferred method).
Seton Hall Law requires all applicants to have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a foreign equivalent, prior to the anticipated date of enrollment. The LSAT is required of all applicants, as is a CAS subscription.
Law School Admission Council (LSAC) : LSAT and CAS
Seton Hall Law requires all applicants to submit a recent score from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to subscribe to the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS), both services of the Law School Admission Council.
Law School Admission Council
The LSAT is required of all applicants, without exception. We only consider scores from administrations within five years of the start of law school. Thus, only scores from after August 2008 will be considered for the Fall 2013 applications. It is important that your CAS file be completed with LSAC as early as possible.
Letters of Recommendation
Seton Hall Law requires at least (1) letter of recommendation, but two to three letters or evaluations are preferred. Letters may be submitted directly to Seton Hall University, School of Law by the writer, sent through a college or university credentials service, or be included as part of your CAS file through the Letter of Recommendation service. Current students and recent graduates of undergraduate or graduate programs are asked to have at least one letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught them. Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery that includes an address. Letters must be recent and must be signed. We do not use or provide a recommendation form, nor do we use a Dean's Certification. Use of the LSAC Evaluation Service may be used by recommenders, however at least one recommended must send a formal letter of recommendation.
Foreign Academic Credentials
Every year, a small and diverse group of foreign-educated students enters Seton Hall Law. Foreign-educated applicants should have their transcripts processed through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants whose pre-college education was in a language other than English may choose to present a recent score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is recommended but not required.
Previously Dismissed Law Students
Students who have been academically dismissed from another law school must wait at least two years before applying for admission to Seton Hall Law. Such applicants apply as first-year candidates and must provide complete information and documentation regarding their prior law school enrollment. Students at other law schools seeking Visiting Student status at Seton Hall Law should contact the Office of Student Services at 973-642-8707.
Candidates who have applied for admission to Seton Hall Law within the past two years will have their previous file(s) made available to the admissions committee members at their discretion. Because most such applicants did not receive a favorable decision, we require that some new information-test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume--be submitted with the new application. We recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen your application by submitting as much new information as possible. Prior applications cannot be "reactivated," thus requiring a new application and fee.
LSAC offers fee waivers for the LSAT, CAS and test preparation materials. Further information is found at www.LSAC.org. All recipients of an LSAC fee waiver automatically receive an application fee waiver from Seton Hall Law. To redeem this fee waiver, you must apply to Seton Hall using our e-application via LSAC. The fee waiver will be noted in your LSAC account.
Applicants who have not receive a fee waiver from LSAC but are able to document a claim of financial hardship, or believe that they should receive a fee waiver based on the merit of their LSAT score and/or academic record may submit a request for an application fee waiver at law.shu.edu/appfeewaiver. Requests for a fee waiver will generally receive a response in 10-14 days. Please keep deadlines in mind, however, as we will not grant any extensions because you are waiting for a fee waiver request to be considered.
Admission to Seton Hall Law is selective and competitive. Admission decisions are based primarily on the review of the candidate's academic record and LSAT score. Other factors are given consideration, particularly for candidates in the middle range. These factors include graduate education, work experience, school or community service and other interests. The volume of applications received precludes the use of interviews in our process. Information that would be imparted as part of an interview should be included in the personal statement or as a written supplement to the application.
All applicants are encouraged to file and complete their applications as early as possible. The Office of Admissions will communicate the status of the applicant's file and decision using an online application status application. However, it is the candidate's responsibility to check the status of their application online and verify that all required materials have been received and that the file is completed in a timely manner.
Complete consumer information on Seton Hall Law is published in the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.
Deposits & Refunds
A personalized schedule and policy on deposits and refunds is prepared with the letter of admission. No tuition deposits are required before April 1st. The first tuition deposit of $500 is due in April and the second tuition deposit of $1,000 is due in June. Full or partial refunds are made within specified time frames. This policy is subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes at the time of admission.
Requests for deferments of up to a one year maximum will be considered until August 1 for students who have paid first and second seat deposits. Requests made after August 1 will not be considered, except for the most extenuating circumstances. Scholarship awards are not eligible for deferral.