Your Application Procedures


The topics below provide information about how and when to file an application for admission to Brooklyn Law School. 

We suggest that you download, print and review our Action Checklist and review Important Dates for information about when to submit your application.

If you have any questions about our application policies, procedures or timelines, please contact us.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Brooklyn Law School campus is available.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of any of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by sending an email to studentaffairs@brooklaw.edu.

As per NYS Education Law Article 129-A: The BLS Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Student Affairs staff will perform this task on behalf of the Committee by providing the Annual Security and Fire Safety report to those individuals who request the crime statistics. Crime statistics can also be reviewed at the US Department of Education website at http://ope.ed.gov/security

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on each campus.  The reports contain crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by BLS; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from each campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Brooklyn Law School.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age when they begin the study of law and be of good moral character. The conferment of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by the New York State Education Department, prior to commencing matriculation at Brooklyn Law School, is required.
  • There is no application deadline for Brooklyn Law School's 3- and 4-year enrollment options. Candidates for the 2-Year J.D. Degree Program, which begins in mid-May, should have their CAS Report (see below, LSAC Credential Assembly Service/CAS) and other required documents ready to be requested by our Office of Admissions by April 15. We will, however, continue to accept these materials after April 15, subject to the availability of seats in the entering class. Applicants to all programs are encouraged to submit their applications as soon after September 1 as possible. Note that you do not need a reportable LSAT score at the time that you submit an application for admission to Brooklyn Law School but that no admission decision can be made until we have one. 

    Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis beginning in the fall. The Committee on Admissions continues to review applications as they become complete and until the start of classes in May for the 2-Year J.D. Degree Program, or until mid-August for the 3- and 4-year options. While these timelines are generous, candidates are advised that the rolling nature of our admissions process means that it is in their best interest to apply as soon as they can, and to complete their application by early February.

    Only complete applications are considered for admission. An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the candidate's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report and at least two (2) faculty recommendations or evaluations, have been received by the School's Office of Admissions. 

    Candidates are advised to consider the several weeks it will take for the Credential Assembly Service to process their law school report and other documents, and to incorporate this into their application timeline.
  • Applicants to the 2-, 3-, or 4-year enrollment options who are certain that Brooklyn Law School is their first-choice institution and desire a simplified approach to law school admission are encouraged to apply as Early Decision candidates. Early Decision candidates must complete their Brooklyn Law School admission application by December 1. An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the candidate's Credential Assembly Service Law School Report, Early Decision Agreement form, and faculty recommendations (two), have been received by the School's Office of Admissions. Candidates are advised to consider the several weeks it will take the Credential Assembly Service to process their law school report and incorporate this into the application timeline. 


    Early Decision candidates must take the LSAT no later than the October test date to be considered for this option. An offer of admission through the Brooklyn Law School Early Decision admission option is binding. If granted admission, Early Decision applicants must withdraw any applications they may have pending at other law schools, may not initiate any new law school applications, and must matriculate here. Candidates who are waitlisted or deferred through the Early Decision admission option are released from this binding commitment.
  • Application materials, including forms and attachments, may be found in the FlexApp section of the LSAC Web site. A complete set of application instructions can be found there, too.  To get started, you’ll need to create an account there at http://www.lsac.org/jd/help

    Complete all sections of the application clearly and accurately. State Bar Committees on Character and Fitness will hold you accountable for inaccurate responses or omissions. 

    Be sure to include all of the required supplemental documents listed in the Attachments section of the application, including (1) your Resume, (2) a Personal Statement [1-3 pages in length], (3) an explanation, if needed, to affirmative responses to Character and Fitness-related questions, and (4) a Dean's Certification form [if necessary].
     
    Other supplementary information and addenda, as well as Optional Essay submissions, can be included in the Attachment section as well.

    Applicants to the 2-Year J.D. Degree Program are also required to submit a second essay, one to three pages in length, which describes your interest in and motivation for pursuing this enrollment option. The essay should not repeat what is already in your Personal Statement, nor should it simply reprise your resume. Drawing on specific examples and situations, you should delineate those aspects of your personal background, academic record, work history, and volunteer experience that would lead us to believe that you have the ability to succeed in the rigorous learning environment of this accelerated program.

    If you attended another law school, even for a single day, and whether or not you are applying as a transfer student, you must submit a Letter of Good Standing from that other law school. (For more on transfer applicants, see below.)
  • Brooklyn Law School does not charge an application fee.
  • 2014-15 Test Dates

    •June 9, 2014 
    •September 27, 2014 
    •December 6, 2014 
    •February 14, 2015


    All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test. Generally, for admission in Fall 2015, we will accept LSAT scores earned since June 1, 2009. It is strongly recommended that the LSAT be taken by the February test date for purposes of admission the following fall. However, Brooklyn Law School will consider for admission in the fall those candidates who sit for the June LSAT, in accordance with the cautionary information provided above.

    Reminder: Applicants to the 2-Year Accelerated program cannot submit June 2015 LSAT scores. They must present LSAT scores from no later than February of the year for which they are applying. Similarly, Early Decision applicants cannot use LSAT scores dated later than September 2014.

    You can register for the LSAT at http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines. General questions regarding the LSAT should be directed to LSAC at http://www.lsac.org/jd/help
  • Each applicant must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by using the online registration service at www.LSAC.org. You are urged to do so by January 1 of the year you plan to enter law school; of course, Early Decision applicants will need to do so during the fall. 


    Your subscription is valid for a 5-year period beginning on the date LSAC processes your CAS registration. If you are not a current subscriber, LSAC will not produce CAS Reports for you; you will need to re-register with CAS but will not need to retake the LSAT if you have a reportable score earned since June 1, 2008.

    The Credential Assembly Service receives undergraduate and graduate school transcripts sent by college registrars pursuant to request by the applicant and converts the undergraduate transcripts into a standardized academic summary that is reported to Brooklyn Law School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that a transcript from each college or university attended is sent to the Credential Assembly Service. The Credential Assembly Service report also includes biographic information; copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional transcripts; LSAT scores and writing sample copies; and copies of letters of recommendation processed by LSAC.

    Questions about the Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at http://www.lsac.org/jd/help/faqs-cas.
  • All entering Juris Doctor degree applicants are required to submit at least two (2) faculty letters of recommendation or evaluations. These should be submitted by faculty members who can provide detailed comments about your academic abilities. 

    We will accept up to four (4) Letters, and up to two (2) Evaluations, for a total of six (6) such documents. Before exceeding the minimum requirement, however, ask yourself: Is this going to add anything to what the Committee on Admissions knows about me, or is it just more of the same?

    While transfer appplicants must provide letters of recommendation, it is encouraged, but not required, that such letters come from law school faculty. Visiting students need not provide letters of recommendation.

    If you have graduated and have been out of school for several years or more, you can ask an employer or other individual who knows your intellectual abilities to provide one of these letters. Please bear in mind, however, that we are primarily interested in an evaluator's judgment about your potential for academic success in the law school. In such cases, Brooklyn Law School expects candidates to recognize how valuable such references are to the Admissions Committee in its assessment of the intellectual contribution a candidate will make in the classroom. We, therefore, expect someone in this situation to exercise good judgment in determining who is best qualified to write these required letters.

    The Law School strongly suggests that candidates submit letters through the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service, already included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee, as this will speed the processing of your application.

    Alternatively, such letters may be submitted by the applicant, or they may be forwarded separately by the persons requested to write the letters, directly to our Office of Admissions. In such cases, candidates should utilize the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Recommendation Form (available as a FlexApp attachment, or on our Web site here

    ) unless these letters are sent by the undergraduate school's own credential services office and are accompanied by a waiver form. Please do not submit duplicate letters.

  • If you answered "yes" to questions 1, 2 or 3 in the Character and Fitness section of the FlexApp, you are required to submit a Dean's Certification form. It is not intended as a letter of recommendation, but is an assurance of good conduct and a confirmation that there were no disciplinary actions against you while at the college. Simply send the form to the office which handles your transcripts and other official credentials and ask them to complete and return the form to our Admissions Office.

  • As part of the application process, 2-Year J.D. Degree Program applicants deemed competitive for admission will be invited for an evaluative, personal  interview with the Dean of Admissions. This interview will be conducted in person, on our campus, or off-campus, via Skype.

    For candidates to other programs here, however, the volume of applications received normally precludes the Law School from granting personal interviews as part of the admissions process. Only in very unusual situations, where special circumstances exist, will the Office of Admissions consider granting a formal interview at the request of the student. In such cases, applicants should direct their written requests for an interview to the Dean of Admissions and should relate, as completely as possible, why they feel their circumstances could best be explained in person. Applicants shall be notified by e-mail as to whether their request has been granted or denied by the Committee on Admissions.
  • Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States at the time of their application to Brooklyn Law School must also complete an International Student Questionnaire. Please note that the application for admission will be considered incomplete, and no action will be taken, without the receipt of a properly executed Questionnaire. This form is available on our Web site here. The Law School will not approve the admission of non-U.S. citizens who are unable to demonstrate their financial ability to cover the costs of attendance for a year of law school including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses. (Please consult the School's Web site here for the most recent calculation of anticipated first-year expenses). Accordingly, candidates are urged to consider carefully the information they provide in the financial disclosure portion of the questionnaire. When the form is completed, it may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Brooklyn Law School by mail, scan and e-mail, or by fax. Bank documents and/or tax returns are not required at this stage of our process.
  • Applicants with international academic credentials must follow the regular admission procedures described for entering first-year students, including submission of the Law School's admission application, and faculty letters of recommendation.

    Brooklyn Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. (The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study-abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.) The service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An authentication and evaluation of these documents will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and will be incorporated into your CAS report. To use the authentication and evaluation service, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for CAS. Be sure to request that the appropriate documents from each institution be sent directly to CAS. Please note that more time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. (See: When to Submit an Application, above.)
  • Admission files are maintained for three years. If an applicant applied within that time period and wishes to reapply to the Law School, he or she may request that the file be reactivated. Nevertheless, a new application form must be filed. We will require a newly issued Credential Assembly Service Law School Report. We will not accept a copy of a previous report, nor will we utilize the one in your prior application file. While it is not necessary to submit a new Personal Statement or copies of the same letters of recommendation already in the prior file, you are asked to update your file with any new relevant information, including a current résumé and/or new letters of recommendation.
  • If you previously attended Brooklyn Law School and withdrew before completing your degree, you may apply for re-admission either de novo (i.e., as a new first-year student) or as a returning student (i.e., with advanced standing).

    You must submit a new application form and provide a newly-issued LSDAS Report. While your previously submitted personal statement and letters of evaluation are available to us, you may find it helpful to submit a new personal statement and/or more recent letters. In any case, you are required to provide: (1) a statement as to why you seek to return, (2) a clear and complete description of your activities since leaving the Law School, (3) an updated résumé and (4) any other new information that may be relevant in assessing your qualifications. In some instances, you may be required to take the Law School Admission Test again.

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