MAKING YOUR FINANCIAL
COMMITMENT WORTH IT.
There is no doubt that law school is a commitment, personally as well as financially. But without committed people, the world would not have advocates to fight for justice and equality.
Our summer-start accelerated option enables you to obtain your law degree in two calendar years, saving one year of student loan interest and borrowing for living expenses.
The School of Law offers scholarships based on merit, personal background and social justice involvement. You will also enjoy a low cost of living in the vibrant Dayton region.
No matter if you start in the summer or the fall, or choose our accelerated two-year or traditional three-year option, the value of a University of Dayton School of Law degree is apparent through our programs, curriculum, supportive alumni network and dedicated faculty.
Learn more by visiting the School of Law's website.
Try to plan as close to a year in advance as possible so that you can be sure to meet application and testing deadlines. You also want to give yourself plenty of time to plan for the major lifestyle adjustment that full-time law school requires (Dayton Law is full-time only).
We begin accepting applications for the following academic year, both for the Summer and Fall Terms. We do not charge an application fee. You can apply to Dayton Law while you’re still waiting for your LSAT score(s) — or even before you’ve taken the LSAT — but applications will not be reviewed until all required elements (including scores) are received.
J.D. applicants should provide the following:
- Completed application
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score
- Receipt of a bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited college or university by our first class day
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Learn more about our admissions process.
Transfer applicants (seeking admission to UDSL after the first year of law school at an ABA-accredited institution) must currently be registered with LSDAS and provide the following:
- Completed application
- Official undergraduate degree transcript directly from the undergraduate institution
- Official law school transcript
- Law faculty letter of recommendation
- Letter of good standing from the applicant's current ABA-approved law school
- First-year course descriptions from the applicant's current ABA-approved law school
Visiting Student Applicants
Applicants applying as visiting or transient student (seeking to study at UDSL after two years of law school at an ABA-accredited institution) must provide the following:
- Completed application
- Letter of permission and good standing from the applicant's current ABA-approved law school
- Completed UDSL application (no personal statement required)
- Statement outlining the reasons for visiting at UDSL
Applications for admission as a transfer or visiting/transient student are normally considered for the fall semester only.
Process for admission
After we've received all required elements of your application, we will begin the review process.
When you apply to Dayton Law, our admissions committee not only considers your LSAT and GPA performance, but also, life experience, extracurricular and community activities, leadership, ability to overcome hardships, motivation, and a breadth and depth of skills and interests. We believe a well-rounded and diverse entering class will contribute to an exciting, educational and dynamic law school experience.
Since Dayton Law follows a rolling admissions process (as files become complete, they are reviewed), the Admissions Committee usually notifies an applicant of the decision within two to six weeks of file completion. Learn more about our admissions process.
You've seen the evidence. The verdict is up to you.
Our innovative curriculum. Successful graduates. A supportive faculty. A commitment to community. Now that you've seen what a University of Dayton law degree can do for you, it's time to take the first step.
On September 1, we begin accepting applications for the following academic year (both summer and fall terms). We do not charge an application fee. Learn more about our admissions process.
A GOOD LAWYER KNOWS HOW TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.If you have more questions, then you are probably on the right path. We have several ways for you to learn more about our school, programs, housing and the Dayton region. If you have more questions, you can always contact us or schedule a visit and we'll be happy to help. You can also learn more about us by visiting our website.
Is the UD Law School right for you? Visit and allow us to argue our case.
In order to make an informed decision about attending law school, we strongly encourage prospective law students to visit our wonderful facility and meet our admissions staff, faculty and students.
Offered most Mondays and Fridays, these sessions provide an introduction to Dayton Law, including a discussion about admissions procedures and financial aid, a tour of the facility and the opportunity to sit in on a law class. Meet in the School of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, room 112, Keller Hall.
Sessions are held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Register online now or call 937-229-3555.
If you cannot attend one of the above programs, we would be more than happy to schedule an individual visit so you can find out more about the University of Dayton School of Law. Contact the Office of Admissions at 937-229-3555.
At a Location Near You
Another option if you cannot attend one of these programs, we may be at a location near your residence or college campus. Please check our recruiting calendar to see where we will be this fall.
The largest of these events are the Law School Forums, sponsored by the Law School Admission Council. These forums are free to prospective students and are held each year in eight metropolitan areas across the country. We encourage you to attend a forum or any of these events, as they provide invaluable information about law school. Learn more about LSAC Law School Forums.
Have questions? We're only a phone call (or e-mail) away.
School of Law
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2760