- First Year Admissions FAQ
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
- Profile of the 2018 Entering Class
- Admissions Office Intranet for Admitted Applicants
The admissions process at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is very competitive and highly selective due to the volume of applications and the limited number of seats in the entering class. Members of the Admissions Committee review and consider each application for admission in its entirety. Two of the primary factors considered in the admissions process are performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and undergraduate grade point average.
Other factors that are considered include difficulty of undergraduate major, undergraduate institution, possession of advanced degrees, writing ability (as indicated in the LSAT writing sample and in the personal statement), recommendations, extracurricular activities, employment experience, demonstrated commitment to public and community service, leadership skills and experience, history of overcoming personal or professional challenges, other academic, and personal and professional achievements.
The criteria for admission to the part-time, evening program are the same as for admission to the full-time, day program. Non-resident applicants receive the same consideration for admission as resident applicants.
Before applying for admission to law school, applicants are advised to investigate the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction in which they intend to practice. Some state bars may require registration at the time of entry into law school. If an applicant has been a party to any criminal proceedings; been arrested, summoned, or charged with, or convicted of a crime; been confined to a mental, penal, or correctional institution; or undergone mental treatment, the applicant's ability to be admitted to the practice of law, even after successful completion of legal studies and graduation from law school may be severely limited in one or more jurisdictions.
Rolling Admissions and Early Decision Program
First-year students are admitted only in the fall semester. First-year students are not admitted in the spring semester or summer term. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, except for those decisions made under the Scalia Law Scholars Program and the Early Decision Program.
Scalia Law Scholars Program
The Scalia Law Scholars Program is a binding early decision program and students admitted through it will receive a full tuition scholarship. This program is designed for applicants who are confident that Scalia Law is their top choice and who have demonstrated exceptional academic and leadership qualities. Scalia Law Scholars applicants must submit a separate essay describing their interest in and eligibility for the Scalia Law Scholars Program, as well as a signed Scalia Law Scholars Program Agreement.
The application deadline for the Scalia Law Scholars Program is January 15 and students must have taken the LSAT by November. Decisions will be made around February 1. Some applicants who are not admitted through the Scalia Law Scholars Program may be considered in the regular admission process. Other Scalia Law Scholars Program applicants may be informed that their application for admission has been denied and will not be evaluated again. Both full-time and part-time applicants are eligible for the program.
Early Decision Program
Our binding Early Decision Program is for applicants who are confident that Scalia Law is their top choice. Students applying through this program must submit an Early Decision Agreement. The application deadline for Early Decision applicants is January 15 and students must have taken the LSAT by November. Decisions will be made around February 1. Applicants who are not admitted through the Early Decision Program may be considered in the regular admission process. Other Early Decision applicants may be informed that their application for admission has been denied and will not be evaluated again.
Students may apply to both the Scalia Law Scholars Program and the Early Decision Program.
To be eligible to matriculate, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association of the United States. If an applicant has completed post-secondary work outside the U.S., the applicant must use the Credential Assembly Service for evaluation of the international transcripts.
Application may be made during the final year of undergraduate study, and acceptance is contingent upon the applicant's being awarded a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.
All applicants must take the LSAT. In addition, applicants who have earned or who are in the final year of working towards their baccalaureate degrees at an institution accredited by one of the regional U.S. accrediting agencies must register with the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Applicants who have previously applied to the law school must submit a new, complete application package and application fee and must maintain a current registration with CAS. We cannot reuse previous application materials, including the CAS Report.
Character and Fitness
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
International Student Information Form for Applicants Seeking F-1 or J-1 Student Visas
After receiving notification of acceptance to Scalia Law, to transfer F-1 immigration status, the international applicant must submit the following forms and documents directly to George Mason University’s Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) (703-993-2970) as soon as possible:
Supporting documents for these two forms.
Mail your forms to:
George Mason University
Office of International Programs and Services
4400 University Drive, MS 4C3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Application Procedure for JD Applicants
Applicants for regular admission may begin submitting your application after September 1. Applications are not evaluated until all required documents have been received. To be considered for admission to Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, applicants must provide the following items:
All applicants must apply electronically via LSAC. Please do not send us a paper copy of your electronically submitted application. Scalia Law School has waived the application fee for first-year JD applicants.
The priority application deadline is March 1. Applications completed by this date will have a decision by March 30.
The regular decision application deadline is April 30.
For guaranteed consideration, all application materials (items 1 through 5, and 6 if applicable) should be received by Scalia Law School on or before April 30. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
2. CAS Report with LSAT/GRE
Applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) so that Scalia Law will receive a current Law School Report furnished by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Applicants may contact LSAC directly at 215-968-1001 or through the LSAC Website.
All applicants must take either the LSAT or GRE. Applicants with both LSAT and GRE scores may submit LSAT scores only and may not submit GRE scores.
To be considered for our priority deadline of March 1, an application must be complete by March 1. The latest LSAT accepted for our priority deadline is January administration. For applicants who are applying under our regular deadline of April 30, the latest LSAT accepted is the March administration.
In order to have a complete application by our March 1 priority deadline, an applicant must take the GRE prior to February 8th. For applicants who are applying under our regular deadline of April 30, the applicant must take the GRE prior to March 7th. Applicants who take the GRE instead of the LSAT must have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send Scalia Law School the GRE score. The ETS school code for Scalia Law School is 2737. All applicants apply with the GRE must subscribe and utilize the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
The Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University CAS Recipient Code is 5827.
The Law School Report must reflect (a) all work done at undergraduate institutions, signifying that a baccalaureate degree has been or will be awarded before the start of the academic year for which admission is being sought and (b) the results of at least one Law School Admission Test (LSAT) taken within 5 years prior to the date of application submission.
The applicant has sole responsibility for meeting all of LSAC’s requirements. Failure to register properly, maintain registration throughout the admissions process, or provide transcripts and other related materials to LSAC can delay or prevent release of a report to a law school. Scalia Law is not responsible for incomplete or missing reports and will not contact applicants about incomplete or missing reports.
3. Personal Statement
The application requires submission of a personal statement not to exceed 500 words, double-spaced. The thoughts and words of the personal statement must be uniquely those of the applicant. With the exception of basic proofreading, no other(s) may assist in the creation of the personal statement.
You submit your personal statement as an electronic document uploaded to your electronic application. Please be sure to put your name on the personal statement.
Applicants for first-year admission who are also applying for the Levy Fellowship must, in addition to fulfilling all requirements for first-year applicants, provide a cover letter with the names of three references, a curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, and a copy of current research directly to the law school Admissions Office.
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Scalia Law requires that applicants use the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service, following CAS procedures.
5. Scalia Law Statement
This statement should not exceed 250 words and should discuss your particular interest in Scalia Law School.
6. Application for In-state Tuition (required only for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates)
Applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates must complete and include the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates. This form (and supplemental documentation) can be submitted online with your application, or can be emailed to email@example.com. See Section 23-7.4, Code of Virginia, and Mason's Office of the University Registrar Domicile Appeals page regarding eligibility.
Monitoring First-Year Application Status
After submitting your application, you will receive an email from us providing you with information for monitoring your application status on line. The email will include a User ID and a Password. After receipt of that email, you are able to check your Application Status online. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Depending upon the time of year, we hope to send an initial decision within 3 – 8 weeks, but it may take longer for an application to be thoroughly reviewed.