Some BYU students may apply to BYU Law School without taking the LSAT. To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:
1) Either: a) be currently enrolled at BYU as an undergraduate student who will graduate before fall semester begins, b) have received your bachelor’s degree from BYU-Provo no more than 12 months prior to matriculation at the Law School, or (c) be enrolled as a BYU graduate student who intends to seek a JD in combination with the graduate degree program you are currently enrolled in;
2) have earned a cumulative 3.8 or higher GPA through at least six semesters of academic work; and
3) have scored in the top 15% on the ACT or SAT if you are applying as an undergraduate student (1a or 1b above) OR the top 15% of the GRE or GMAT if you are applying as a graduate student (1c above).
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the LSAT exemption?
There is a specific exemption in the American Bar Association (ABA) rules that allows law schools to offer admission to no more than 10% of its class to undergraduates from the same institution without taking a law school entrance exam. However, the ABA has discretion to decide whether to allow the exemption each year. Potential applicants planning to enter law school after 2019 should verify that the exemption is in force before applying under this rule.
- How do I apply for the LSAT exemption?
Send an email to the admissions director, Bryan Hamblin, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your BYU Net id and request to be considered under the LSAT exemption. Once he verifies your eligibility by reviewing your transcript and test score, you should complete the normal application process maintained on LSAC.org. Remember to check the box on the application indicating that you are an LSAT exempt applicant.
- Would I still be eligible for a scholarship without an LSAT score?
Yes, you will still be part of the eligible pool for general merit scholarships, but will not be eligible for a Clark or Dean’s Scholarship.
- What if I’m applying to other law schools?
This program is only available to current BYU students who have not yet taken the LSAT. If you want to apply to other schools, you must take the LSAT, and your BYU application will be considered in the regular pool of applicants, including your LSAT score. If you’ve already taken the LSAT, you do not qualify for this exemption.
- I’ve never taken any of the referenced standardized tests, but I was accepted to BYU. Can I still apply under the LSAT exemption?
No, you have to have taken one of the referenced standardized tests and scored in the top 15%.