Our Direct Admissions Program gives high-performing University at Buffalo undergraduates a simpler route to beginning their legal education.
The program consists of two initiatives:
Each offers admission to the School of Law without the usual requirement of the half-day test, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The following are frequently asked questions regarding our Direct Admissions Program.
UB undergraduates who meet the below criteria are welcome to apply for admission without taking the LSAT or GRE.
The Direct Admissions Program is open to high-achieving UB undergraduate seniors who will graduate in May or have graduated within the past year. All students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher through at least six semesters of academic work at UB and have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Unfortunately, prospective applicants who take the LSAT or GRE are ineligible to apply as a Direct Admissions candidate.
A. We will accept scores from the SAT and the ACT.
A. The American Bar Association regulates the standards that accredited law schools must meet. ABA Standard 503-3 states that law schools may admit up to 10 percent of their incoming class without an LSAT.
A. Honors College students must meet the same credential requirements as other students. However, Honors College students will receive special programming that may make them more attractive than other, similarly situated applicants.
A. Contrary to popular belief, the LSAT/GRE is not a crystal ball that can predict professional success. Students eligible for our Direct Admissions Program are, by definition, among the most successful of all undergraduates. Their prior performance demonstrates their ability to succeed in law school, and there is no need to require them to confirm this ability with another test.
A. The LSAT requires a $200 fee and the GRE General Test requires a $205 fee, not to mention the time and energy spent preparing for the test.
A. Yes, we advise students who meet the Direct Admissions eligibly requirements, but who are also interested in applying to multiple law schools (or applying for transfer admission to another law school in the future), to take the LSAT.
A. Contact the Office of Admissions
A. Candidates for the Direct Admissions Program must apply for admission through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) just like all other J.D. applicants. It is strongly recommended that Direct Admissions Program prospects meet (by phone or in person) with a School of Law Office of Admissions representative to confirm they have met the criteria outlined above. Direct Admissions Program applicants are required to send unofficial SAT or ACT scores by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.