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Mercer Law's LL.M. in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure is the only program in the nation designed for law school graduates seeking to prepare themselves for federal criminal practice as a prosecutor, Federal Defender, or private defense counsel.

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LL.M. Admissions

Decisions and Deadlines

At Mercer Law School, we consider many factors in evaluating an applicant's potential in law school and potential for becoming a competent and ethical attorney. Some of those factors include LSAT score, grade point average, grade trend, undergraduate course of study and institution, letters of recommendation, personal statement, community service, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, military service, work experience, and graduate and professional programs.

Mercer Law accepts applications between September 1 and June 1 from prospective students wishing to begin their studies in the fall semester. Acceptance and scholarship decisions begin in December. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by January 1 in order to receive the timeliest consideration. All transfer and transient applications should be received and complete by July 1.

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Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree prior to law school enrollment.
  • Applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Mercer Law School accepts test scores for up to 3 years. Although we will accept the February LSAT, we encourage all students to take one of the earlier exams so your application is completed in a timely manner.
  • Applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service at www.lsac.org. You must have a separate transcript sent to LSAC from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended.
  • Applicants must electronically complete and certify the application and pay the non-refundable $50 application fee by credit card through LSAC at www.lsac.org.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement. The personal statement provides prospective students an opportunity to share their perspectives on a number of specified topics. Please refer to the application for specific information regarding the personal statement requirement and topics to be discussed.
  • Applicants must have letters of recommendation. Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from university professors. Letters should focus on your character, intelligence, and aptitude for the study of law. Please use the Letter of Recommendation Service provided by LSAC.
  • Foreign Educated Applicants- Mercer Law School requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service. If you completed more than one year of postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use the service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, which will be incorporated into your law school report. Applicants whose native language is not English, and show undergraduate education is from outside the US, are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. If this applies to you, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. Your score will be included in the credential evaluation document that will be included in your law school report.

Programs for Mercer University Undergraduate Students

Guaranteed Acceptance Program

Mercer University recognizes that some undergraduate applicants are considering a career in law. To help such applicants pursue their dream and to prepare for postgraduate study in law school, the Admissions Committee of Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions offer a special program for qualified high school seniors. Qualified students, upon their enrollment for undergraduate study at Mercer University, will be guaranteed acceptance to Mercer's Law School for either of the first two academic years following their graduation from Mercer's bachelor's degree program.

To qualify for guaranteed acceptance to Mercer Law School, the Mercer undergraduate must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 60 undergraduate credit hours at Mercer University;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 at the time of Law School application and complete the Mercer undergraduate degree with at least a 3.50 GPA;
  • Score at least at the 65th percentile on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT);
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public service; and
  • Demonstrate the character, fitness and capability of satisfactorily completing the Law School program and being admitted to the bar.

Three-Plus-Three Accelerated JD Program

Recognizing that a number of undergraduates are considering a career in law, Mercer Law School offers a special program for well-qualified students in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA), which will permit these students to complete an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven years. Through this program, students complete three years of full-time undergraduate study, use law school courses to meet the balance of required undergraduate credits, and receive the bachelor degree after successful completion of the first year of law school.

To qualify for acceptance to Mercer Law School, Mercer undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 90 hours and all of the requirements of their chosen major in residence at Mercer University by the end of the second semester of the student’s third year;
  • Have a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the time of law school application, as well as at the end of the applicant’s third year;
  • Score at or above the median Law School Admission Test score of the preceding year’s entering class;
  • Apply for this program by completing the form prescribed by the CLA Pre-Law Advisor;
  • Demonstrate the character, fitness and capability of satisfactorily completing the law school program and being admitted to the bar; and
  • Complete the law school application process through the Law School Admission Council no later than January 15 of the year for which the applicant is applying to law school. The application process includes providing at least two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the chair of the applicant’s department and one letter must be from another Mercer faculty member, and these letters should address the maturity of the student and his or her ability to meet the rigors of the law school environment and curriculum. The law school may require the applicant to interview with its representatives during the application process.

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Commitment to Diversity

Mercer Law School is committed to admitting a diverse pool of applicants.  For more information regarding a commitment to diversity in the law, go to DiscoverLaw.org.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Mercer University is committed to providing equal educational programs or activities, and equal employment opportunities to all qualified students, employees, and applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, age, or religion, as a matter of University policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws, including Title IX. Inquiries concerning this policy may be directed to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Office, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207, phone 478-301-2788 or contact lidstone_rw@mercer.edu, or in cases of Title IX concerns, these concerns may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights.

Contact Information

For general questions regarding the application process please contact the admissions office at 478-301-2605 or admissions@law.mercer.edu.


Did you know?

More than 20 years ago, Mercer resolved that no Mercer lawyer would enter the profession without a solid grounding in practical legal skills.

Class Statistics
Entering Fall 2013

As of Opening Day,
August 19, 2013

Applications Received: 1030
Applicants Accepted: 639
Students Enrolled: 187

Median LSAT: 152
25th-75th LSAT percentile: 148-154
Median GPA: 3.38
25th-75th GPA percentile: 3.06-3.60

Percentage Women: 49%
Percentage Students of Color: 25%

Average Age: 25
Majors Represented: 41
Undergraduate Schools: 79

GRADUating CLASS OF 2014:
87.9% employed or enrolled
in a full time LLM or graduate program

Mercer Law’s Bar Passage Rate:
87% of first-time test takers passed the Georgia bar (July 2013)