Your Application Procedures

  • Eligibility

    Admission to Brooklyn Law School is based on individual consideration of each applicant's character and fitness, commitment to a legal education, academic achievement, aptitude for successful law study, life experience, and other key indications of professional promise. Although LSAT scores are helpful in forecasting a student's future academic performance, they are not used as the sole criterion for making a decision to admit or deny a student. Previous grades, undergraduate record, and recommendations are additional criteria.

    No goals or quotas are set, but an applicant's potential contribution to diversity is another consideration in determining which applicants are selected for admission. This latter criterion necessarily involves assessing factors such as geographic origin; membership in a disadvantaged economic, racial or ethnic group; personal interests and talents; special achievements; life experience; leadership qualities; and maturity. These elements reflect the Law School's concern that every applicant, regardless of age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status or parental status, be given every reasonable chance for consideration and admission.

    Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age when they begin the study of law and be of good moral character. The conferment of a bachelor's degree from a college or university approved by the New York State Education Department, prior to commencing matriculation at Brooklyn Law School, is required. No student will be permitted to enroll without the award of a bachelor's degree.

  • What We Look For
    In building an entering class each year, Brooklyn Law School is faced with the task of choosing from among thousands of applicants, most of whom present an enviable array of talents, skills and accomplishments and, at times, compelling narratives. In making its selections, the Committee on Admissions remains mindful of two broad realities:

    First, we are an academic institution, and law school education is a demanding endeavor. This means that we must select candidates who will be good students, i.e., those who have already been successful in college, give every indication that they are serious about their education, and who appear eager to devote the time required to excel in the classroom and beyond.

    Second, we are a professional school charged with training and guiding individuals toward a career whose practitioners have become integral to our society and culture at all levels. As such, we strive to select candidates who, by the nature of their character and motivation, and not only by their intelligence or desire, appear most likely to become competent, respected members of the legal profession. Thus, in deciding who gets admitted, we look for applicants who appear to be of sound moral character and are ethically responsible (or who at least display nothing to the contrary).

    Of course, we always look for accomplished, driven people who seek yet another opportunity in which to prove themselves. But not everyone can be a leader, nor are they expected to be, so we also look for those who can demonstrate that they are open-minded and can work well with others, putting their own talents to use collaboratively working to advance group goals. Such individuals exhibit sound judgment and admit to their mistakes without resorting to excuses or shifting the blame to others. In the face of adversity, they learn from the experience and move on.

    Academically, law school is not easy. Three fundamental skills we seek in a successful candidate are a demonstrated ability to think analytically, to read critically, and to write cogently. These skills are often achieved through a broad liberal arts education, but for those whose interests are in narrower, rigorous fields such as the sciences, the importance of enrolling in intensive writing courses cannot be overemphasized. Not every lawyer argues in a courtroom, but every attorney needs the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and convincingly. Thus, the strongest admission applicants exhibit an understanding of the fundamentals of good writing.

    Candidates must also demonstrate that they have the intellectual "horsepower" to keep up in the classroom, and to go the distance. To do so, we look for evidence that a candidate has been diligent in successfully juggling workloads. Unafraid of dense reading or heavy doses of quantitative information, the best applicants remain comfortable with detail as they advance steadily but with speed and accuracy. Thoughtful and meticulous at all times, they are nevertheless able to think quickly on their feet.

    While some of this nuanced assessment is conveyed to us in letters of recommendation, other impressions are formed in reading the applicant's personal statement. The personal statement should be seen as an opportunity for applicants to convey, in their own voice, their seriousness of purpose and dedication to continuing as a successful student. The statement should be written in a sincere, confident tone, but should avoid arrogance. Some imagination or creativity is appreciated as is, where appropriate, a modicum of self-deprecating humor. But it's not enough just to say these things about oneself. Applicants must present evidence from their background (courses, activities, internships, experiences) to prove that they are genuinely committed to pursuing a legal education, that they enjoy the challenges of dealing with complicated issues and abstract ideas, that they enjoy solving problems, that they are socially aware, with a sense of what is going on in the world culturally as well as in the politico-economic spheres, and with some idea as to how these qualities are integrated.

    Of course, our Committee on Admissions does not expect that every candidate will exhibit all of these characteristics, along with competitive grades and LSAT scores. But in getting past "the numbers," these are at least some of the more important non-quantifiable qualities that factor into our analyses in our efforts to put together the best possible entering class.

    A Partial List of Non-Quantifiable Factors Considered

  • Walk-in visitors can usually meet briefly with an admissions officer to obtain general information about the Law School, to inquire about admission policies and procedures, or to clarify specific issues regarding their applications.

    However, due to the large volume of applications we receive each year, the School normally does not grant personal interviews as part of the admission process. Only in very unusual situations will the Admissions Office grant a formal interview at the request of the candidate. In such cases, applicants should direct their written requests for an interview to the Dean of Admissions and should relate why they feel their circumstances could best be explained in person. Applicants will be notified by letter as to whether their request has been granted or denied.

    In certain circumstances, an applicant may be advised by the Admissions Office to schedule a personal interview with the Dean of Admissions. Such an interview is evaluative in nature, is designed to clarify and assess a prospective student's qualifications for admission, and is a critical part of our decision-making process.

  • Brooklyn Law School admits a first-year class for fall semester entry only; there is no January admission. The Law School practices a form of rolling admissions in its regular review admission program. This means that we generally begin receiving applications in September and start to review files in December. Beginning in January and continuing through the spring and early summer, our Office of Admissions gives notification of acceptance, wait-listing or denial, as decisions are made.

    Applicants who clearly meet the School's admission standards are accepted for admission. Applicants who clearly do not meet these standards are denied admission.

    However, because of the rolling procedure, the Committee on Admissions is reluctant to make final decisions on a number of candidates — individuals whose credentials place them between those who are clearly acceptable and those who are clearly not acceptable — until it has a broader overview of most applications. Consequently, some applicants are neither admitted nor denied following their first review but are notified that they have been wait-listed.

    In the past, our use of the Waiting List has varied from the extension of admission offers to many candidates on the list, to the extension of no such offers in years of over-enrollment. Admission offers may be forthcoming at any time during the spring or summer. Each week, beginning in mid-April and continuing into August, the Committee on Admissions analyzes the quantity and quality of admission offers extended, and the seat deposits yielded from those offers. Through this assessment, the Committee makes a fall enrollment forecast. If an enrollment shortfall of any kind is projected, the Committee may turn immediately to those candidates on the Waiting List who will helps us to achieve certain specific enrollment objectives, which vary from week to week.

    Thus, wait-listed candidates should continue to keep in touch with the Admissions Office, update their files with new, relevant information, visit the Law School, and compare the information provided by our school to that received from other schools. Of course, so much of our second-round review decision-making process is triggered by outside forces that there can be no guarantees. However, if experience over the past few years is any guide, as long as one has not received a notice of denial from us, he or she remains a viable candidate with some chance for admission until the first week of classes in late August.

  • Prior Attendance at Another Law School
    Applicants for admission to Brooklyn Law School who are currently attending or have previously attended another law school are required to show satisfactory evidence that they maintained good standing at the prior law school. An applicant who has attended another law school and who has been required to withdraw for academic reasons or under less-than-honorable circumstances will normally not be admitted to Brooklyn Law School. On rare occasions, Brooklyn Law School may admit a student who has been previously disqualified for academic reasons, if two or more years have elapsed since that disqualification and the student's interim work, activities, or studies indicate a much stronger potential for successful law study.

    Students with Disabilities
    Brooklyn Law School is committed to ensuring that all members of its student body who have a disability enjoy a satisfying educational experience at this school. No qualified person with a physical or learning disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participating in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at the Law School.

    Brooklyn Law School is fully accessible and provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students requiring additional information about our disability policy or available accommodations should contact Studentaffairs@brooklaw.edu or by telephone at (718) 780-7985.

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