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The American Bar Association (ABA Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice.  For more information, contact the American Bar Association, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 or at (312) 988-5000 or at

Applicants for admission as candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the first-year class.
  2. Graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association.

    Note: Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a foreign country will need to demonstrate that the degree earned is the equivalent of a US four-year baccalaureate degree. To do this, applicants must submit their academic transcripts to LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service.

    If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

    This service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report.
  3. Not have been dismissed from another law school regardless of the time elapsed since the dismissal.
  4. Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by the Law School Admission Services (LSAS), within the past five years. Every applicant who is a graduate of a US college or university, as well as graduates of foreign schools listed in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book, must also register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Applicants who wish to take the LSAT more than three times in two years must be approved by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Information concerning the LSAT, and registration with the LSDAS may be found in the LSAT/LSDAS registration packet which can be obtained at: Law School Admissions Services P.O. Box 2000 Newtown, PA 18940, or