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At Mercer Law School, we consider many factors in evaluating an applicant's potential for success in law school and potential for becoming a competent and ethical attorney. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), grade point average, grade trend, undergraduate course of study and institution, letters of recommendation, personal statement, community service, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, military service, work experience, post graduate work, relevant demonstrated skills, obstacles overcome, and all other relevant background information will be evaluated.
Mercer University School of Law accepts applications between September 1 and July 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.
Qualifications for Admission to the BarIn addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
- Applicants must submit an application (no fee) electronically through LSAC.
- 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. If accepted, you must have your final transcript, which reflects your degree, submitted to LSAC prior to enrolling.
- 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.
- Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree prior to law school enrollment.
- 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.
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 Admission 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.
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.
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.
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, Office of Audit and Compliance, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207, phone (478) 301-2786 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or in cases of Title IX concerns, these concerns may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights.
For general questions regarding the application process please contact the admissions office at (478) 301-2605 or email@example.com.