These FAQs answer questions often answered by the admissions staff, but many prospective students may not know to ask. Once a prospective student reviews information about the law school, these FAQs are a resource to answer common questions that arise. If your question is not answered, please contact the Admissions office, and a member of our staff will be happy to assist.
- Does West Virginia University offer specializations with the JD program?
- Does the College of Law offer Joint-Degree Programs?
- What undergraduate degree do I need to attend the College of Law?
- What is the minimum GPA / LSAT for admission?
- I took the LSAT more than once, which score will the College of Law use?
- What is the age-range of students at the College of Law?
- I have been admitted to the College of Law and now I am unable to attend, what do I do?
- How much does it cost?
- Is preference given to West Virginia residents / WVU graduates?
- What is the deadline for admissions and what materials must be received?
Yes. WVU Law currently offers two areas of concentration: 1) Energy and Sustainable Development Law; and 2) Public Interest Law.
Yes. Students may formally enroll in a joint degree program with another College of the University. At present there are two such programs: a joint JD/EMBA. (Executive Master’s in Business Administration) and a joint JD/MPA (Master’s in Public Administration).
A JD/MBA student may earn law school credit pursuant to the joint degree requirements approved by the faculties of the College of Law and the College of Business and Economics and published to students admitted to that program.
A JD/MPA student may earn law school credit for one MPA course (up to four hours) if that course is taken after the student has entered the College of Law. In addition, if the MPA degree is awarded before or concurrently with the JD degree, an MPA student may receive an additional two (2) hours of law school credit for courses included in the MPA degree that the student takes while enrolled in the College of Law. This program is currently under review and the number of hours allowed toward the JD degree by taking MPA courses may be increased. Law Professor John Taylor is the contact person for the JD/MPA program.
No particular undergraduate major is required for admission to the College of Law. Applicants are accepted from a diversity of backgrounds. Whatever major an applicant decides to pursue should be augmented by a well-rounded variety of course selections that might include philosophy, writing, logic, history, literature, and fundamentals of accounting. The College urges applicants to engage in a curriculum that demands intellectual self-discipline and develops reading, writing, verbal, and analytical skills. WVU accepts Board of Regents degrees.
There is no set minimum GPA or LSAT. The admissions committee will consider an applicant’s entire application to determine the applicant’s likelihood of success in law school. The median GPA and LSAT for admitted applicants for the fall of 2014 was 3.43 GPA and 154 LSAT.
The admissions committee sees all scores, but uses the highest score in its decision making.
Although age varies by class, the typical age range of law students is 21 to 50.
Let the Office of Admissions know as soon as possible, and ask about a deferment. If granted a deferral, it will save you the time and money associated with reapplying. It’s important to talk with the Admissions staff because depending on your circumstance, deferring your admission one year may result in a change in residency. Scholarship awards do not defer. You will be reevaluated for scholarship with the next class.
West Virginia University, as a state land-grant institution, has as part of its mission the education of the students of West Virginia. Therefore, residents of West Virginia receive preference in the admission process. No additional preference is given to WVU students.
March 1st is the date the admissions office must receive the application, personal statement, application fee, and the CAS Report (includes letters of recommendations and transcripts). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the College of Law receives all application materials and CAS has received all transcripts and letters of recommendations.
Applicants may monitor the materials CAS has received at www.lsac.org. Application status at WVU is maintained on the Internet and may be accessed with a username and password e-mailed approximately one week after submission of an application.
If an applicant misses the deadline because of unusual circumstances, he/she may contact the College of Law Office of Admissions to receive information on our appeal process.
Applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered for review under exceptional circumstances. The applicant must provide a letter to the Committee requesting review.