LSAT Waiver FAQs
Q. Who qualifies for the LSAT waiver program?
A. Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is pleased to announce that it is waiving the LSAT for recent those who earned or will earn an undergraduate degree at Loyola University New Orleans between August 2020 and August 2021, and:
- Scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT in application to Loyola, and
- Ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work, or achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.
If you do not qualify for the LSAT waiver program and are considering Loyola Law for your legal education, you may apply through the normal course of action.
Q. How long is the waiver program going to be available?
A. Currently, the LSAT waiver program is only for admission in Loyola’s Fall 2021 incoming class.
Q. Is there a limit to the applicants who may benefit from this program?
A. Yes. The American Bar Association permits Loyola Law to only enroll around 15 students in our entering class through this LSAT waiver program. We encourage sincere candidates to apply right away. Priority consideration will be given by the date the Admissions Office receives an application.
Q. What is the application deadline?
A. Officially, the application deadline is August 1, 2021—which is a hard deadline. As the application process is a bit lengthy, we encourage those interested in the program to review the application requirements as soon as possible. At 11:59 pm on August 1, the Fall 2021 Application for Admission becomes inactive and can no longer be accessed by candidates.
Q. What do I need to apply?
A. Admission to Loyola is based on a number of factors, including the applicant’s academic record, work and life experience, and personal statement. A complete application for candidates who qualify for the LSAT waiver consists of the following:
- A complete application submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC),
- A complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report submitted to Loyola Law, through lsac.org, that includes transcripts from each college and/or university ever attended, up to and including conferral of each bachelor, graduate, or professional degree,
- A personal statement,
- A resume that includes education, extracurricular activities, work history, community service, and other awards, and
- Two letters of recommendation (dated on or after March 1, 2019).
Based upon the candidates' answers to questions regarding the moral character and potential fitness to practice law, applicants may be required to supplement their application with additional documentation.
All supporting documents must be electronically attached to the application.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Applicants are required to apply through LSAC at lsac.org. Applicants are to complete the application and upload supplemental materials to the application. Once the application and CAS registration are submitted to LSAC, it is imperative to contact Kimberly Jones, Assistant Dean of Law Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the LSAT waiver process. Recommendation letters may be emailed directly to the Director of Law Admissions. Recommenders should include an applicant’s name and “LSAT waiver applicant” in the subject line.
Q. What are the fees to apply?
A. Applicants are required to pay fees directly to LSAC for the CAS report and Law School Report. Loyola Law does not charge or collect any fees.
Q. How long will it take for me to receive my decision?
A. It will generally take four to six weeks to receive a decision once our office receives your complete application, including the materials from LSAC. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications for admission in late fall.
Q. Will I receive a scholarship?
A. Applicants who are admitted through this program are guaranteed a scholarship of at least 50% of tuition. All scholarship recipients are eligible for scholarship renewal. Applicants are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) as soon as practical, even before receiving an admission decision.
Q. When can I start law school?
A. First-year students must matriculate in August. There is no spring start.
q. Who should I contact if I have more questions about the LSAT waiver program?