Applying

  • Brooklyn Law admits an entering class once a year only, for the fall semester which begins in mid-August. Transfer students may only apply for a fall semester start term. Visiting students may apply for either a fall or spring semester start term.  The one exception to this is Brooklyn Law School's Accelerated 2-Year J.D. Program, which has a late-May start date.
  • Yes. The standard part-time program requires four years of study. For more information, please see Application Options.
  • Students are given the opportunity to select among our many enrollment options. In the event your first choice is the Accelerated 2-Year Program, but it is determined by the Admissions Committee that you are not eligible for admission to the 2-Year Program, you will automatically be considered for the standard, full-time 3-Year Program and part-time 4-Year Program. A second application or special request is not necessary.

    Waitlisted candidates for the full-time 3-Year Program may be offered a seat in the part-time 4-Year Program if, as is sometimes the case, the full-time program closes before we reach the waitlisted applicant's position on the waiting list.

    Please note that if you applied for accelerated 2-year or full-time 3-year consideration and were subsequently denied admission, it means that, in the opinion of the Committee, you were not eligible for consideration for our part-time 4-Year Program either.

  • Yes, although there are some restrictions on this and there are important financial considerations as well. In all such cases, approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is required. Students should take note of the fact that BLS reserves the right to reassess its division-transfer policies at any time. 
    Read more about Division Transfers.
  • You will find our electronic application on the Law School Admission Council's website: LSAC. This is the only proper way to apply to Brooklyn Law School; we do not accept paper applications.

  • There is no application deadline, but applications completed by February 1 are given first consideration. Applications are reviewed as they become complete (see Important Dates). Decisions are made here on a modified ‘rolling basis,’ which favors those who apply earlier.  

    However, Early Decision candidates have an application deadline of December 1. LL.M. applications will continue to be accepted through the winter and spring months.

    Important Note: An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the candidate’s Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report and two Faculty Recommendations or Evaluations, have been received by, and not just mailed to, our Admissions Office. Candidates are advised to consider the several weeks it will take the CAS to process their report and to incorporate this into their application timeline.

  • No; Juris Doctor candidates only need to submit LSAT scores. Candidates for our LL.M. Program may need to take the TOEFL (please refer to our LL.M. Program description).
  • Yes. You must register for CAS and have all undergraduate (and graduate) transcripts sent to LSAC.

    When we receive and process your application, we will request your CAS report, and LSAC will send it directly to us. The CAS report includes your LSAT scores, copies of your academic transcripts, LSAT writing sample, and a summary of undergraduate grades. If you subscribed to the Letter of Recommendation Service, the letters will also be included. If you had previously registered with CAS, you must re-register only if that subscription had lapsed or if your scores pre-date June 1, 2014. For information, contact LSAC directly at www.lsac.org.

  • Yes. Applicants who have received their undergraduate degrees outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must utilize the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed, as part of your CAS subscription, by AACRAO (the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) and incorporated into your CAS Report. Questions about this JD Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC.
  • Applicants for whom Brooklyn Law School is their first choice may choose to apply through our Academic Excellence Early Decision Program. This is a highly competitive and binding early admissions decision program. Candidates who are wait-listed through the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program are released from this binding commitment.

  • Our Academic Excellence Early Decision Program is highly competitive, and applicants who are granted admission under the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program will be granted our most generous institutionally awarded merit scholarship, the Prince Scholarship, which may be renewed each year, provided the student remain within the top 80% of their class. The Admissions Committee may choose to hold some files of applicants to the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program for a decision in the Regular Admission process. Applicants who are not offered admission through the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program are released from their commitment to attend Brooklyn Law School if admitted and are at no disadvantage in the regular admissions cycle.

  • For full-time students our medians were 157/3.39; for part-time students our medians were 157/3.28. Class-wide, the medians were 157/3.39.

    Please recognize that medians identify only the middle person in a given class and do not reflect the range of acceptable scores and grades. In addition, the ABA urges law schools to report the ranges for the middle 50 percent of the class. The following is for the entering class of 2018:


    LSAT      

    75% LSAT              

         159   

    Median LSAT 

    157

    25% LSAT

    155


    GPA

    75% GPA  

    3.58

    Median GPA

    3.39

    25% GPA

    3.20

    For a full listing of our 2018 entering class statistics, please see 2018 Entering Class Admissions Statistics.

     

  • Brooklyn Law School requires that at least two (2) faculty letters of recommendation be submitted as part of the application. If you have graduated and been out of school for several years or more, you can request a recommendation from an employer or other individual who knows your intellectual abilities. Please bear in mind, however, that we are primarily interested in a recommender's judgment about your potential for academic success in law school. In such cases, the 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. You should, therefore, urge non-faculty writers to focus on your intellectual ability and problem-solving skills.

    The Law School strongly suggests that candidates submit letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service, already included in the CAS registration subscription. A maximum of three letters will be copied and sent to Brooklyn Law School together with the CAS Report. To utilize this service, follow the directions for submitting letters as outlined in the Law School Admission Information Book.

    Alternatively, such letters may be submitted by the applicant for admission, or they may be forwarded separately by the persons requested to write such letters, directly to our Office of Admissions.

    Candidates should use the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Recommendation Form included in our application packet, or a photocopy of it, for each letter submitted, unless these letters are being sent by the undergraduate school's own credential service or by the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Please do not send duplicate letters.

  • We will accept more letters if, in the candidate's opinion, the additional evaluations offer new, significant information. In such cases, the additional letter(s) may be sent to us directly.

  • Numbers alone cannot provide a comprehensive assessment of a candidate's potential for law school success. Therefore, the Committee pays close attention to the letters of recommendation received on behalf of each candidate.

    It is important, however, that Committee members get a clear sense that the writer has direct knowledge of the applicant and speaks concretely about his/her strength.

    While letters of recommendation generally do not turn a denial into an acceptance, they could advance a presumptive waiting list candidate to the admitted level, or bump up a very close denial to the waiting list with some reasonable chance of later admission.

  • If you answered "yes" to questions 1, 2 or 3 in the Character and Fitness section of the FlexApp, you are requried 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 that 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 us.
  • You may write your personal statement on any subject of importance to you that you feel will assist us in our assessment of your credentials. Some themes frequently developed by successful applicants in previous years include: a presentation of the personal strengths that you would bring to Brooklyn Law and to the practice of law; a description of what you propose to do professionally after graduation from law school (if you choose to write on this topic, it might be useful to identify aspects of your experience, knowledge and education that evidence interest or promise in the selected areas); and a discussion of any special circumstances or events or distinctive aspects of your background, not fully explained elsewhere, which you believe are essential to an understanding of what lies behind the written record of who you are. Most importantly, you should be sure to write this in  your own voice.

    Do not, on the other hand, use the essay to explain a low LSAT score, or poor grades. Such explanations should be provided, if at all, in a brief addendum, keeping the Personal Statement focused and positive, providing the Admissions Committee with affirmative reasons to consider your candidacy favorably.

  • Faxed or e-mailed transcripts are not considered official and will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation are accepted if transmitted by the writer or institution only. Other supporting documents - corrections and/or additions to application questions, personal statements or supplementary essays, updated resumes - may be sent via fax or e-mail. In all such cases, these items will be added to your application file.

  • Admission files are maintained for three years. If a candidate previously applied within that time period and wishes to reapply to the Law School, he or she may request that the file be reactivated. However, a new application form must be filed, with a new, updated personal statement. It is also necessary to submit a new LSDAS Law School Report, even if the applicant did not retake the LSAT after the original LSDAS Law School Report was filed. A new Dean's Certification may be required as well. Candidates are urged to update their file with any new, relevant information.

    Previously denied candidates are advised that, unless there is a significant improvement in their application profile, a more favorable outcome is unlikely upon reapplication.

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Telephone: (718) 780-7906
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