Application Process

We’re excited that you have decided to apply to Brooklyn Law School! We’ve made the entire process of applying for admission easy to understand and navigate with useful tools to help you stay on track and meet key deadlines throughout the application year. The sections below provide information about how and when to file an application for admission to Brooklyn Law School. All applications come through, but if you need assistance or have questions about the application, please contact the admissions office at (If you need technical assistance with the LSAC’s website or have questions about the Credential Assembly Service, please contact the LSAC directly.)

  • Applicants to Brooklyn Law School's Juris Doctorate program must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree at a college or university approved by the New York State Education Department prior to matriculation at the School.  In addition to completing the application for admission, applicants must take the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test, see: or the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations, see: and submit two letters of recommendation before their application will be reviewed by the Admissions Office (see below).  

    Admission to Brooklyn Law School is based on individual consideration of each applicant's character and fitness, commitment to a legal education, academic achievement, aptitude for successful law study, life experience, and other key indications of professional promise. Although standardized test scores are helpful in forecasting a student's future academic performance, they are not used as the sole criterion for making the decision to admit or deny a student. Previous grades, undergraduate record, writing ability, and recommendations are additional criteria.

    No goals or quotas are set, but an applicant's potential contribution to diversity is another consideration in determining admission. This latter criterion necessarily involves assessing factors such as geographic origin; membership in an underrepresented economic, racial or ethnic group; personal interests and talents; special achievements; life experience; leadership qualities; and maturity. These elements reflect the Law School's commitment that every applicant, regardless of age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status or parental status, be given every reasonable chance for consideration and admission.

  • There is no application deadline for Brooklyn Law School's J.D. enrollment options.

    The application for Brooklyn Law School's 2019 J.D. degree programs will be available starting September 1, 2019.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon after this date as possible. Note that you do not need a reportable LSAT or GRE score at the time that you submit an application for admission to Brooklyn Law School but that no admission decision can be made until we have received one. 

    Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis beginning in the fall. The Admissions Office continues to review applications as they become complete and until the class is full, or until the start of classes, typically in August. Candidates should be aware that the rolling nature of our admissions process means that it is in their best interest to complete and submit all required application materials as soon as possible.

    Only complete applications are considered for admission. An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the candidate's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report and at least two (2) recommendations or evaluations, as well as an LSAT or GRE score have been received by the School's Office of Admissions. 

    Candidates are advised to consider the several weeks it will take for the Credential Assembly Service to process their law school report and other documents, and to incorporate this into their application timeline.

  • Applicants for whom Brooklyn Law School is their first choice may choose to apply through our binding Academic Excellence Early Decision Program. This is a highly competitive and binding early admissions decision program. Early Decision applicants must submit their applications with all required materials by December 1 and must take the LSAT exam no later than the November administration, or submit a valid GRE score by December 1. 

    Applicants who are granted admission under the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program will be granted our most generous institutionally-awarded merit scholarship, the Prince Scholarship, which may be renewed each year, provided the student remain within the top 80% of their class. This scholarship honors Jerome Prince, Brooklyn Law School longtime Dean and Professor of Law. Dean Prince dedicated service to Brooklyn Law School and the legal community — as teacher, scholar, administrator and public servant — spanned over fifty fruitful years. The tuition discount value of this scholarship is determined each year by our Scholarship Committee, but is guaranteed to cover a minimum of 80% of tuition expenses.  Recipients of the Prince Scholarship remain eligible for other forms of financial assistance, including need-based grants, outside scholarships and Brooklyn Law School special donor scholarships.

    The Admissions Office may choose to hold some files of applicants to the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program for a decision in the Regular Admission process. Applicants who are not offered admission through the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program are released from their commitment to attend Brooklyn Law School if admitted and are at no disadvantage in the regular admissions cycle.

    Candidates under the Academic Excellence Early Decision Program at Brooklyn Law School may apply to other law schools but may not apply to any other binding early decision programs. Candidates agree to withdraw all pending applications to other law schools within five days of receiving notice of admission at Brooklyn Law School, and will not initiate additional applications to other law schools. In order to be considered for early decision candidates must check the Early Decision selection on our application and execute and submit the Academic Excellence Early Decision Contract supplemental form.
  • Brooklyn Law School does not charge an application fee.  
    Application materials, including forms and attachments may be found in the FlexApp section of the LSAC website. A complete set of application instructions can be found there, too.  To get started, you’ll need to create an account there at

    Complete all sections of the application clearly and accurately. State Bar Committees on Character and Fitness will hold you accountable for inaccurate responses or omissions. 

    Be sure to include all of the required supplemental documents listed in the Attachments section of the application, including (1) your résumé, (2) a personal statement (1-3 pages in length), (3) an explanation, if needed, to affirmative responses to Character and Fitness-related questions, and (4) a Dean's Certification Form (if necessary).
    Other supplementary information and addenda, as well as Optional Essay submissions, can be included in the Attachment section as well.

    If you attended another law school, even for a single day, and whether or not you are applying as a transfer student, you must submit a Letter of Good Standing from that other law school. (For more on transfer applicants, see below.)
  • All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).  If an applicant would like to submit an LSAT score, it is strongly recommended that the LSAT be taken by the January test date for purposes of admission the following fall. However, Brooklyn Law School will consider for admission in the fall those candidates who sit for the March and June LSAT, in accordance with the cautionary information provided above.  If an applicant would like to submit a GRE score, the score must be valid and received by the deadline of the program for which the applicant is applying.  The Admissions Committee has no preference between the LSAT or the GRE and will accept either test score.  


    You can register for the LSAT at General questions regarding the LSAT should be directed to LSAC at

  • Each applicant must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by using the online registration service at You are urged to do so by January 1 of the year you plan to enter law school; of course, Early Decision applicants will need to do so during the fall. 

    Your subscription is valid for a 5-year period beginning on the date LSAC processes your CAS registration. If you are not a current subscriber, LSAC will not produce CAS Reports for you; you will need to re-register with CAS but will not need to retake the LSAT if you have a reportable score earned within the past five years of the year for which you are applying (i.e. not earlier than June 2014 LSAT for 2019 admission).  

    The Credential Assembly Service receives undergraduate and graduate school transcripts sent by college registrars pursuant to a request by the applicant and converts the undergraduate transcripts into a standardized academic summary that is reported to Brooklyn Law School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that a transcript from each college or university attended is sent to the Credential Assembly Service. The Credential Assembly Service report also includes biographic information; copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts; LSAT scores and writing sample copies; and copies of letters of recommendation processed by LSAC.

    Questions about the Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at

  • All entering J.D. applicants are required to submit at least two (2) faculty letters of recommendation or evaluations. These should be submitted by faculty members who can provide detailed comments about your academic abilities. 

    While an additional letter of recommendation may be submitted, please only do so when the additional recommendation will provide a different insight or perspective into your academic abilities.  
    While transfer applicants must provide letters of recommendation, it is encouraged, but not required, that such letters are written by law school faculty. Visiting students need not provide letters of recommendation.

    If you have graduated and been out of school for several years or more, you can ask an employer or other individual who knows your intellectual abilities to provide one of these letters. Please bear in mind, however, that we are primarily interested in an evaluator's judgment about your potential for academic success in law school. In such cases, Brooklyn Law School expects candidates to recognize how valuable such references are to the Admissions Committee in its assessment of the intellectual contribution a candidate will make in the classroom. We, therefore, expect someone in this situation to exercise good judgment in determining who is best qualified to write these required letters.

    The Law School strongly suggests that candidates submit letters through the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service, already included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee, as this will speed the processing of your application.

    Alternatively, such letters may be submitted by the applicant, or they may be forwarded separately by the persons requested to write the letters, directly to our Office of Admissions. In such cases, candidates should utilize the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Recommendation Form (available as a FlexApp attachment, or on our Web site here) unless these letters are sent by the undergraduate school's own credential services office and are accompanied by a waiver form. Please do not submit duplicate letters.

  • If you answered "yes" to questions 1, 2 or 3 in the Character and Fitness section of the FlexApp, you are required to submit a Dean's Certification Form. It is not intended as a letter of recommendation, but is an assurance of good conduct and a confirmation that there were no disciplinary actions against you while at the college. Simply send the form to the office which handles your transcripts and other official credentials and ask them to complete and return the form to our Admissions Office.

  • The volume of applications received normally precludes the Law School from granting personal interviews as part of the admissions process. Only in very unusual situations, where special circumstances exist, will the Office of Admissions consider granting a formal interview at the request of the student. In such cases, applicants should direct their written requests for an interview to the Dean of Admissions and should relate, as completely as possible, why they feel their circumstances could best be explained in person. Applicants shall be notified by e-mail as to whether their request has been granted or denied by the Admissions Committee.

  • Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States at the time of their application to Brooklyn Law School must also complete an International Student Questionnaire. Please note that the application for admission will be considered incomplete, and no action will be taken, without the receipt of a properly executed Questionnaire. This form is available on our Web site here. The Law School will not approve the admission of non-U.S. citizens who are unable to demonstrate their financial ability to cover the costs of attendance for a year of law school including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses. (Please consult our website here for the most recent calculation of anticipated first-year expenses). Accordingly, candidates are urged to consider carefully the information they provide in the financial disclosure portion of the questionnaire. When the form is completed, it may be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Brooklyn Law School by mail, scan and e-mail, or by fax. Bank documents and/or tax returns are not required at this stage of our process.
  • Applicants with international academic credentials must follow the regular admission procedures described for entering first-year students, including submission of the Law School's admission application, LSAT or GRE score, and faculty letters of recommendation.

    Brooklyn Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you completed any post-secondary schooling 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 schooling 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.) The service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An authentication and evaluation of these documents will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and will be incorporated into your CAS report. To use the authentication and evaluation service, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for CAS. Be sure to request that the appropriate documents from each institution be sent directly to CAS.

    Please note that more time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. (See: When to Submit an Application, above.)

  • If a prior applicant wishes to reapply to the Law School, he or she may request that the file be reactivated. Nevertheless, a new application form must be filed. We will require a newly issued Credential Assembly Service Law School Report. We will not accept a copy of a previous report, nor will we utilize the one in your prior application file. While it is not necessary to submit a new Personal Statement or copies of the same letters of recommendation already in the prior file, you are asked to update your file with any new relevant information, including a current résumé and/or new letters of recommendation.
  • If you previously attended Brooklyn Law School and withdrew before completing your degree, you may apply for re-admission either de novo (i.e., as a new first-year student) or as a returning student (i.e., with advanced standing).

    You must submit a new application form and provide a newly-issued LSDAS Report. While your previously submitted personal statement and letters of evaluation are available to us, you may find it helpful to submit a new personal statement and/or more recent letters. In any case, you are required to provide: (1) a statement as to why you seek to return, (2) a clear and complete description of your activities since leaving the Law School, (3) an updated résumé and (4) any other new information that may be relevant in assessing your qualifications. In some instances, you may be required to take the Law School Admission Test again.

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