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J.D. Frequently Asked Questions
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How many applications does Georgetown Law receive?
Georgetown Law receives the most JD applications of any law school. For Fall 2020 admission, we received almost 10,000 applications.
Does Georgetown Law have rolling admissions?
Yes, and we strongly encourage you to complete your application as early as possible in the admissions cycle.
How long does it take to receive a decision?
If you are an Early Decision applicant and your application is completed by March 1st, you will receive a decision within 4 weeks of your application being marked as complete.
If you are a Regular Decision applicant, you can expect to receive a decision about 8-12 weeks after your application is marked as complete.
If I am not accepted under the Early Decision process, can my application be considered under the Regular admissions process?
Early Decision applicants who are deferred from receiving a final decision in the initial review are released from their commitment to Georgetown Law and will be considered later in the cycle as Regular Decision applicants.
Should I apply Early Decision if knowing my financial aid award in advance is critical to my enrollment?
Although candidates admitted under Early Decision are committed to attending Georgetown, and will not receive their financial aid information before their admissions decision, please be assured that you will be considered for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid in the same manner, and on the same timeline, as all other admitted students. If you need to know your full financial aid package prior to being committed to attending Georgetown, we recommend that you apply under Regular Decision.
Will I be at a disadvantage when I submit a GRE/GMAT score in lieu of an LSAT score?
We have no preference when it comes to which standardized test an applicant chooses to take and submit - LSAT, GRE, and GMAT are all treated equally.
Does the Admissions Committee use a GMAT/GRE to LSAT converter?
No, we do not use a converter. We look at the percentiles that an applicant's score falls into for each section of the exam, and evaluate the strength of the composite score accordingly.
Does Georgetown Law require a minimum GPA and/or test score?
No, we do not use numerical cutoffs and there is no minimum GPA or GMAT, GRE, or LSAT score required for admission.
When should I take the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT?
Due to our rolling admissions process, we strongly encourage you to take the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT in, or prior to, September. We will still accept a later LSAT, GMAT, or GRE test, but please note that it is most advantageous to take an earlier test because of our rolling admissions process.
How does Georgetown Law consider multiple test scores?
The Admissions Committee typically considers your highest score and may consider an average of scores if you have taken the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT more than twice. For reporting purposes, Georgetown Law adheres to the ABA policy of reporting an applicant’s highest test score.
What is the oldest test score I can submit?
We accept test scores that are up to five years old.
Pursuant to ETS, for GRE scores:
For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30).
GRE scores earned prior to July 2015 are no longer reportable. GRE scores earned in July 2015 are reportable until June 30, 2021.
Pursuant to LSAC, for LSAT scores:
If you took the LSAT in June 2015, you could use this score to apply to law school through May 2021. Results from LSATs prior to June 2015 will not be reported.
How long should my personal statement be?
There is no minimum or maximum length for the personal statement, but it should be double spaced. Most personal statements are about two to three pages.
How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?
We only require one recommendation or evaluation, but you may submit more if you’d like. Please note that once we receive one letter of recommendation or LSAC evaluation form, your application will be considered complete and sent to the committee for review. You must let us know in advance if you would like your application held from review until we receive additional letters of recommendation or evaluations. There is a section in our application where you can note that you would like your application held and from whom you are still waiting on recommendations.
Is the evening degree the same as the full-time degree?
Yes. Evening students learn from the same professors, take the same courses, and have the same opportunities as full-time students to pursue extracurricular activities, such as journals, clinics, and moot court.
The traditional Evening Program is designed to allow students to complete the J.D. requirements in four consecutive years, but Evening Program students may now pursue an accelerated program in order to graduate in 3 1/2 or 3 years. Please visit the Evening Program page for further details.
Are evening students able to take courses during the day?
Yes. In the first year, evening students may take a day course during the spring semester. Beyond the first year, evening students may take any course, day or evening, that their schedule permits.
Can evening students qualify for financial aid?
Yes. Students admitted to the evening program are considered for merit scholarships and may apply for Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, commercial loans, and Federal Work-Study to assist with both tuition and living expenses. Evening students are not eligible for need-based grant assistance.
What is the cost of tuition?
For the 2020-2021 school year, full-time tuition is $66,872. Evening tuition is $45,372, based on 19 credits at $2,388/credit.