How to Apply

How do I apply?
Applications may be submitted online using the LSAC online application.

When is the deadline to apply?
The application deadline is April 15. You should aim to submit your required documents by Jan. 15. Because we have rolling admissions process, we typically begin making offers of admission in December.  As a result, applications completed at or near the April 15 deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

Is there a fee to apply?
No.

Are letters of recommendation required?
No. However, applicants are invited to submit up to three as part of their Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report.

What should I say in my personal statement?
Personal statements should be 2 -3 double-spaced pages.  In your personal statement, you should discuss your reasons for wanting to attend law school and why Bowen interests you. It is particularly important for non-residents to discuss why Bowen interests them in their statements. Other information about your background, life experiences, diversity, and volunteer work can also be included, as this information is often very helpful in the admissions and scholarships process.

Who makes the admissions decisions?
The Admissions Committee, which is made up of the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Scholarships and 5 faculty members who are appointed to serve annually by the Dean of Bowen.

Do you grant personal interviews?
No. Interviews are not part of the admissions process.

When will I receive an admissions decision on my file?
The length of review varies; it can be as short as a few weeks or as long as a few months. Earlier applicants tend to receive decisions quicker than later applicants. Bowen uses a “rolling” admissions process where applicants are considered for admission as their files become complete. We will not consider an applicant until he or she has submitted all required materials. The amount of time it takes for our admissions committee to consider your application doesn’t indicate what decision the committee will make.

Do you have a waitlist?
Yes, whenever a waitlist is made necessary by a high-volume applicant pool.  We keep a waitlist of candidates throughout the admissions cycle. Applicants placed on the waitlist are notified by e-mail. The waitlist remains active until the first day of the First Week for first-year students. However, we revisit and render final decisions on waitlist candidates throughout the cycle, as space becomes available.