Admission – Law
- Obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. You may apply prior to completion, but you must complete your degree before enrolling at Concordia University School of Law.
- Submit an online application and attach required and/or optional documents listed below.
- Take the LSAT.
- Subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and provide documents required to complete your CAS report.
- Ask for assistance as needed.
- To access the Concordia Law online application, log in using the L Number assigned to you upon creating a JD account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Concordia Law's LSAC code is 4881 and is listed under Member Schools.
- After you complete the online application, you can print the application for your review or records, but please do not submit this document to the law school. Instead, click submit and your application will be sent to the law school electronically along with your attached documents. Paper applications are not accepted except upon special request.
- The application processing fee of $50 is waived for all applicants. However, before you submit your application, be sure that a CAS Report is added to your cart. A $35 report fee is required to submit your application and there is a $185 fee for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report.
- Concordia Law cannot review your application until we receive your CAS Report. In order for your CAS report to be released to Concordia Law, LSAC needs to receive official transcripts from any college or university you have attended, a minimum of two letters of recommendation, and a valid LSAT score.
- If you experience any difficulty using the online application, contact LSAC's Help Desk at 215-968-1393. Concordia Law's LSAC code is 4881.
- The program begins in the fall semester. Applications for admission are accepted through August 1 of the same year or until the class is filled, whichever comes first. However, space and scholarships are limited. It is to your advantage to apply early in the process.
Application Review and Decision Letter Timeline
Upon receipt of your application and CAS report, and verification that all application questions have been answered and all required documents have been received, your file will be reviewed for admission and scholarships. The review process can take up to four weeks. Following the Admission Committee's review of your file, decision letters or further communication from the Office of Admission will be sent within a few days.
Transfer of Credit
Note, underlined titles below refer to sections in the CU School of Law Student Handbook.
Credit from ABA-Approved Juris Doctor Programs
Students who successfully complete 30 credits and are in Good Academic Standing (3.10.1) may receive credit for courses taken at other ABA-approved law schools, subject to the approval of the Associate Dean of Academics prior to the start of any coursework for which transfer credit is desired. Scholarships and merit awards issued by Concordia may not be used towards these credits. The pre-approval form is available at https://law.cu-portland.edu/student-services/student-policies-and-forms.
A student will not be permitted to transfer a course to satisfy a required course (see Degree Requirements (2.1)), Menu or List A/B requirement (see Degree Requirements (2.1)), Legacy Mentor Program (2.2); Pro Bono Service Requirement (2.3); Advanced Writing Requirement (2.4), or Experiential Course Requirement (2.5). The Associate Dean of Academics has discretion to waive this condition based on the individual circumstances.
Students of the School of Law who attend ABA-approved foreign or domestic law schools/programs must obtain the Concordia Law equivalent of a 2.0 (“C”) grade or better for transfer of credit to be granted. Transfer of credit does not apply to courses taken on a pass/fail basis or other ungraded legal experiences.
Course grades received from other law schools and/or legal programs are not included in Concordia Law School’s Grade Point Average (3.9.6) computation.
Students must comply with Course Loads and Overloads (3.2) and the Employment Policy (3.1.4).
Credit for Non-Law Graduate-Level Courses
Students who successfully complete 30 credits and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (3.9.6) of 2.8 at the time of the pre-approval request may receive up to six (6) credits for non-law graduate-level courses. The non-law courses must (1) be related to the student’s course of law study, (2) not duplicate courses offered by the School of Law, (3) not duplicate other graduate level coursework the student has completed, and (4) not exceed the permissible Course Loads and Overloads (3.2) for a given semester. The student must obtain prior written permission, at least thirty (30) days before the start of the non-law course, from the Associate Dean of Academics. Scholarships and merit awards issued by Concordia may not be used towards these courses. The pre-approval form is available at https://law.cu-portland.edu/student-services/student-policies-and-forms. Credit for such approved graduate-level courses will be granted only if the student receives the equivalent of a 3.0 (“B”) grade or higher, and the course will be recorded on the law transcript with a grade of P.
Students must also comply with the Employment Policy (3.1.4).
Incoming Transfer Students
Transfer students are admitted by the Admissions Committee. The Associate Dean of Academics will determine the number of credits accepted and the curriculum required for an admitted transfer student to graduate from the School of Law in accordance with this policy.
Concordia Law allows a maximum of 39 credits to transfer in from an ABA-approved law school towards a student's program of study. Students who attend ABA-approved foreign or domestic law schools/programs must obtain a 2.0 (“C”) grade or better for transfer of credit to be granted. Transfer of credit does not apply to courses taken on a pass/fail basis or other ungraded legal experiences. The faculty may consider petitions for exceptions from this policy on a case by case basis.
In determining the curriculum needed to graduate, the Associate Dean of Academics shall allow course(s) taken at the transferor school to satisfy Concordia’s J.D. Program requirement(s) on a determination that the content of the course(s) substantially overlaps and that the course(s) credit is eligible and will be transferred.
Course grades received from other law schools and/or legal programs are not included in Concordia School of Law’s Grade Point Average (3.9.6) computation.
Application Requirements for International Students
International students are encouraged to apply to Concordia University School of Law. If you have a foreign law degree, please contact the Concordia Law Admissions office for the most up-to-date information and program options. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you must:
- hold a degree that is equivalent to a baccalaureate degree;
- take the Law School Admission Test;
- sign up with the Law School Admission Council for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and then submit all college or university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, to LSAC;
- submit all required application materials using our online application by April 1 in order to provide sufficient time to acquire a Visa;
- submit a copy of your passport showing your official name.
Upon admission to Concordia Law, you will need to submit:
- a Statement of Financial Guarantee that demonstrates proof of financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for the academic year. This document does not need to be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed, but it must be received before we can issue the I-20 Form necessary to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants who are not native English speakers and/or do not hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution at which the primary language of instruction is English are required to:
- earn a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper based) or 100 (internet based);
- arrange for the Education Testing Service (ETS) to forward an official TOEFL score to the Law School Admission Council for inclusion on your CAS report.
An applicant who has studied for more than one academic year outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada must use the LSAC's JD-CAS service for an evaluation of foreign transcripts. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and evaluated transcripts will be included with the CAS report sent to Concordia Law.