Whether you’re fulfilling a lifelong dream or making a calculated career move, attending law school is one of the most rewarding education paths you can follow. Before you apply, make sure you have met all the prerequisites and requirements needed to attend.
You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. You can apply before graduating, but your degree must be in hand before the first day of classes.
You must have an LSAT score that is less than five years old. The LSAT is offered four times a year at Arizona Summit Law School, or any authorized testing location. Find a testing center near you at LSAC.org.
Test Scores and GPA
Arizona Summit Law School takes a holistic admissions approach that considers LSAT scores, GPA and a broad range of factors that focus on a student's potential to succeed in law school. If you have lower grades or test scores than the typical law student, you can submit an addendum of up to one page that explains your past performance, as well as why you believe you will now be successful as an Arizona Summit Law School student. For more information about the admissions addendum, please follow the addendum instructions on LSAC.org.
Law Violations or Criminal Charges
If you have been charged or convicted of a crime or other violation of the law, you may be required to submit further documentation prior to consideration, including:
- Docket sheets indicating the final disposition. This will be required for all felony criminal arrests and/or convictions, regardless of the type of plea agreement.
- Docket sheets will also be required for any traffic offenses involving drugs and/or alcohol.
- Docket sheets may be required for misdemeanor criminal arrests and/or convictions depending on the severity and nature of the incident as well as the frequency of similar types of incidents in your history.
If you have been charged or convicted of a crime or have charges pending, a one-page addendum to your application explaining the circumstances is required before your application can be processed. For more information about the admissions addendum, please follow the addendum instructions on LSAC.org.
Character and Fitness
Successful completion of law school does not guarantee admission to the Bar in any jurisdiction. Attorneys are held to a high ethical standard, and you should be aware that there are character and fitness requirements for admission to law school and prior to admission to the Bar.
The practice of law is a public profession and in the interest of protecting the public in all jurisdictions, a Bar applicant's character and fitness to practice law must be established prior to licensure. Thus, Bar applicants are required to disclose, and Bar examiners will request from various sources, detailed background information to be evaluated by the relevant Bar examiner. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Neglect of financial responsibilities
- Employment history (including charges of dishonesty or misconduct)
- Involvement in legal or disciplinary proceedings
This background examination includes events that occurred prior to and during law school. It is imperative that you answer all questions asked by the Bar examiners completely and honestly, and update such information, should additional relevant events occur.
You should use the same candor on your law school application, as this information will be disclosed to Bar examiners. Failure to disclose relevant information may have more detrimental consequences than the proper disclosure of the underlying matter.
More detailed information about the various jurisdictions' character and fitness determinations can be reviewed in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and available directly from the publisher or online at www.ncbex.org.