Application and Degree Options

Brooklyn Law School offers a variety of options for applicants, including a standard 3-Year J.D. program (full-time only), an evening 4-Year J.D. program (part-time only), an LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers (full- and part-time enrollment), an Early Decision program, transfer admission, options for non-U.S. applicants, and non-degree programs. We invite you to learn more about these options below.

  • Brooklyn Law School offers a choice of flexible full-time and part-time enrollment options to adapt to all students' needs. Within this range, students choose the length of time to complete their 85-credit course of study. We offer a standard (daytime) 3-year program and an extended (evening) 4-year program.

    Both of these programs offers some degree of flexibility so that students may extend their program by a semester or graduate one semester early provided the student completes the requisite coursework. 

    Our law school enables students in any of these programs to choose to learn about public interest, government service, business law, real estate, international human rights, international business law, criminal law, intellectual property, media law, urban business entrepreneurship, and more. Students can earn Certificates in several of these areas. 


  • Applicants for whom Brooklyn Law School is their first choice may choose to apply through our binding Academic Excellence Early Decision Program. This is a highly competitive and binding early admissions decision program. Early Decision applicants must submit their applications with all required materials by December 1 and must take the LSAT exam no later than the November administration or submit a valid GRE score by December 1.

    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. This scholarship honors Jerome Prince, Brooklyn Law School’s longtime Dean and Professor of Law. Dean Prince’s dedicated service to Brooklyn Law School and the legal community — as teacher, scholar, administrator and public servant — spanned over fifty fruitful years. The tuition discount value of this scholarship is determined each year by our Scholarship Committee, but is guaranteed to cover a minimum of 80% of tuition expensesRecipients of the Prince Scholarship remain eligible for other forms of financial assistance, including need-based grants, outside scholarships and Brooklyn Law School special donor scholarships.

    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.

    Candidates under the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program at Brooklyn Law School may apply to other law schools but may not apply to any other binding early decision programs. Candidates agree to withdraw all pending applications to other law schools within five days of receiving notice of admission at Brooklyn Law School, and will not initiate additional applications to other law schools. In order to be considered for early decision candidates must check the Early Decision selection on our application and execute and submit the Academic Excellence Early Decision Form (PDF).

    Early Decision candidates who wish to be considered for financial aid may request an Early Decision Financial Aid Fact Sheet. This fact sheet helps candidates determine whether they will be eligible for federal financial aid, and the maximum amounts available in federal aid to law school students. It also helps candidates understand the application process if they are interested in applying for a Brooklyn Law School Need-Based Grant. Because prospective students cannot file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) until after January 1 of the year they will attend school, this fact sheet contains general information only. The Office of Financial Aid cannot guarantee student-specific financial aid until the office receives a Student Aid Report based on the prospective student’s FAFSA application.

  • There is an August 1 deadline for transfer application.  Transfer applicants are advised to submit their application well before this deadline to optimize chances of admission.  Transfer applicants are considered for fall semester entry only.

    A transfer applicant must have attended a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Depending upon the credits and scope of courses taken compared with Brooklyn Law School's required first-year program of study, students admitted with advanced standing may transfer up to 35 credits earned at their prior law school.

    Typically, the most serious consideration is given to transfer applicants who offer numeric and other credentials that would have been competitive for admission to the class they seek to join and who currently maintain a cumulative weighted average of approximately 3.00 (B) or better at their prior law school.

    Transfer applicants must complete the Law School's application for admission. Additional materials (listed below) are required from transfer applicants, as well. No action will be taken on a transfer application until all required documents have been received by the Admissions Office.

    Transfer applicants may seek an accelerated decision by submitting an application as soon as fall semester grades earned at the prior law school are officially released. If admitted, such candidates for the next fall may be notified of their admission in early spring instead of needing to await mid-summer notification. Such early action admission offers remain subject to proof of commensurate academic performance and continued good standing during the entire first year at the prior law school. This accelerated option remains available until May 1. Thereafter, the Committee on Admissions will expect to see fall and spring semester grades before reaching any decision. 

    Other transfer candidates are urged to apply by early June, with all first-year grades submitted by early July for purposes of admission that fall.

    Additional materials required from applicants applying for transfer admission with advanced standing include:

      •A letter from the Dean's Office of the applicant's prior law school attesting to the fact that the applicant is in good standing and eligible to continue matriculation at the school;
      •An official academic transcript from the prior law school indicating all coursework completed and grades received;
      •A statement from the applicant explaining the reasons for requesting transfer admission;
      •A newly-issued CAS Law School Report (Brooklyn Law School will not accept a copy of the CAS report already on file with the prior school. A new registration with CAS might be necessary.);
      •Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation. Not required, but helpful, are one or more letters of recommendation from faculty at the prior law school.

    Applicants accepted for admission with advanced standing are mailed an analysis of the academic credits they earned at their previously-attended law school that Brooklyn Law School will accept, as well as notification of any courses that they must take here to satisfy our degree requirements.

    Transfer of Credits

    Transfer students are generally granted the credit hours earned in courses required in the first year at Brooklyn Law School, provided that they have grades of C or higher. They may not receive more than 30 credits for such courses. Elective courses may be credited, but in no event will more than 35 credits be allowed for students transferring to Brooklyn Law School after completing their first year at another school.

    While transfer admittees receive advanced standing for some or all of the work they have completed at their previous law school, they will enter Brooklyn Law School with no grade point average. In other words, no grades earned at their previous law school will be included in the computation of their Brooklyn Law School grade point average, even while the advanced standing credit approved by the Law School will count towards their degree requirements at Brooklyn Law School. Their future academic standing at Brooklyn Law School will be based solely on grades earned here.

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