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Unb Law Application Personal Statement

Admission requirements

Minimum requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

Regular category:

(a) a degree from a recognized Canadian university;

(b) a degree from a non-Canadian university acceptable to UNB Law; or in exceptional circumstances

(c) in their final year of a four-year degree (120 credits) of full-time academic study or; in exceptional circumstances, at least three years (or 90 credit hours) of full-time academic study at a recognized Canadian university; or

Discretionary and Aboriginal categories:

(a) regular criteria, or;

(b) demonstrated experience, maturity, and outstanding qualities that indicate an ability to undertake the study of law successfully.


The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is required for all admission categories. Although there is no minimum LSAT score required, students with an LSAT score below 150 are unlikely to be admitted.

An applicant who has completed three or more years of university study should have a minimum grade point average in university-level academic courses of 2.7 or better on a 0-4.3 scale, as calculated in accordance with the Admissions Policies. Please note 2.7 is a minimum GPA, and is not competitive for admission purposes as the average is 3.7 on a 4.3 scale. UNB Law uses a re-calculated GPA for admissions purposes.

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If the applicant has completed three years (or equivalent), the lowest 15% of the grades are excluded from the calculation of the applicant’s GPA; if the applicant has completed four or more years (or equivalent), the lowest 25% are excluded; if an applicant is currently in their final year of a four year degree program, the lowest 25% will be excluded.

Applicants not eligible for admission: those in failing academic status in the most recent year of study in another law program; persons ineligible to continue in their own program due to academic misconduct; and persons who provide false or misleading statements on their applications to UNB Law.

Application documents required

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

An applicant seeking admission to first year must write the LSAT (based on the 120 – 180 scale). Applicants must take the LSAT no later than February 2017. The June 2017 LSAT score is not accepted for admission into the 2017-18 academic year. For scholarships that require an application, the December 2016 LSAT score is the last one accepted for the 2017-18 academic year — the February 2017 LSAT score is not accepted. For information on the LSAT and test dates, test centres and registration can be found at www.LSAC.org. Test scores should be requested directly from Law Services.

Academic transcripts

Applicants must arrange for the most current academic transcript from each university, college, or other post-secondary institution attended (both undergraduate and graduate) to be sent directly to the Law Admissions Office. Applicants currently enrolled in university courses should have a transcript of already-completed courses forwarded immediately and then, as courses are completed, have updated transcripts forwarded when they become available. It is particularly important to have marks for fall semester courses forwarded as soon as possible.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are received by the Admissions Office. Even after accepting an offer of admission, students should ensure that their admissions file contains their latest transcript as this may affect decisions relating to scholarships.

Personal statement

A personal statement is required for all applicants in all categories. You may forward personal statements to the Law Admissions Office by mail, or by email to lawadmit@unb.ca.

If an applicant wishes the Admissions Committee to consider a disability, the personal statement must explain the nature of the disability in detail and provide supporting documentation including a statement of requested accommodation, if any.

For applicants in the Discretionary and Aboriginal categories, the statement should relate the applicant’s personal circumstances to the selection criteria in the relevant category.

Personal statements should describe such matters as personal strengths, reasons for seeking admission, interest in law, career ambitions and special circumstances as appropriate.

Please note that we do not have a required minimum or maximum for the personal statement. Most personal statements are 1 – 2 pages in length.


Resumés are required for all applicants and should detail the applicant’s education, work experience and community involvement since high school. Resumes can be sent by email to lawadmit@unb.ca.

Recommendation letters

Letters of reference, while not required for applicants in the Regular category, are useful when conducting supplementary review and determining eligibility for general scholarships. At least two letters of recommendation are required in the Discretionary and Aboriginal categories. Letters must be sent directly by the referee to the Law Admissions Office: lawadmit@unb.ca. Reference forms are not required for reference letters. 

As a prospective JD student, you get all the support you need when applying to law school from John Marshall's Office of Admission. In addition to providing detailed information about the law school and application process, our admission staff are available for scheduled appointments, guided tours, and to provide information about the City of Chicago.

For more information on the JD application process, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@jmls.edu or 800.537.4280.

Note: In 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.

The American Bar Association requires that law schools inform each applicant that state bar requirements deal with the character and fitness of an applicant at the time he or she seeks certification to register for the bar. It further permits the law school to seek information on character and fitness to ensure that appropriate law school qualifications are met.

Please review the rules and requirements for any and all states in which you intend to practice.

Your Application

After selecting on the appropriate enrollment option, a completed application must be submitted.

August Admission (Fall): Accepting applications until April 1
January Admission (Spring): Accepting applications beginning in early fall 2018

Completed applications must include:

  1. Electronic Application Form (Paper application forms are not accepted.)
  2. LSAT/GRE score
  3. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Resume (optional)
  6. Application Fee: The application fee has been waived.

Additionally, transfer applicants should review the Transfer Information tab for further requirements.
The John Marshall Law School operates on a rolling admission policy. The Office of Admission continues to review applications until the entering class is full. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.


Applications can be submitted before the Office of Admission receives your test score. Applicants are encouraged to do so if taking the February LSAT (the latest accepted for fall admission) or the September/October test (the latest accepted for spring admission) as the scores are released close to the application deadline.

If you are registered for a future LSAT date, the Office of Admission will wait to review your application until receipt of the latest test score. In the event an applicant has multiple tests, only the highest score will be considered. LSAT scores are valid for five years.

For LSAT information, registration, and test dates and locations, go to LSAC.org.


The John Marshall Law School will also accept the GRE test scores. Applicants who apply with a GRE score must also register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Other than the GRE score, the applicant’s other materials—including the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and supplemental statements—must be submitted to the CAS for assembly and submission. If the applicant has taken the LSAT, that score will also be a part of the CAS.

While applicants need only take either the LSAT or the GRE, John Marshall requires all test results from the past five years. For example, if an applicant has taken both exams twice within the last five years, then John Marshall requires all four test results. Applicants may not choose which results they will share. If an applicant has taken the LSAT, JMLS considers the LSAT to be the primary admission test, regardless of whether the applicant has submitted a GRE score.

If you are planning to submit your GRE scores, please review John Marshall's Statement on Acceptance and Use of the GRE for JD Admission

Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation

Transcripts must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Letters of Recommendation are optional, but highly encouraged. Typically, applicants submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. John Marshall will accept up to five.

It is an applicant's responsibility to make sure their CAS report is complete and paid with LSAC. John Marshall automatically requests the report from LSAC upon receipt of your application, but the report will only be sent when LSAC considers it complete.

If you are registered for a future LSAT at the time of your application, we will not request your CAS report until your last registered test score is posted.

Personal Statements

Personal Statements should be clear and concise, and 2-4 double-spaced pages in length.

While a writing topic is not specified, applicants are encouraged to include examples of leadership, community involvement, talents, and achievements. The Personal Statement is an opportunity to offer the Admission Committee personal details to supplement LSAT scores, transcripts, and credentials.

Summer College to Assess Legal Education Skills (SCALES) Program

If you do not gain admission through our traditional process, you may qualify for admission into our SCALES program. SCALES provides prospective students who have promising records of achievement an opportunity to demonstrate the requisite skills and potential to succeed in our JD program and the practice of law. Candidates who successfully complete SCALES are offered admission into the JD program.

Learn More about SCALES


Admission of transfer applicants is always discretionary. Only students in good academic standing and who have completed 24-30 semester hours from an ABA-approved law school will be considered for admission.

Transfer applications are accepted year-round and do not need to follow the regular JD application deadline. We understand transfer applicants may need to wait until their current semester grades are posted to apply.

Generally, a 2.75 GPA is necessary to qualify for admission. In addition to the application and personal statement, all transfer applicants must provide a copy of the law school report, as well as a complete official transcript and letter of good standing from the dean of the law school previously attended. Students who wish to transfer to The John Marshall Law School must complete an LSAC online application. There is no application fee.

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