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April 30 Deadline for Fall 2013

Michigan State University College of Law will continue to welcome applications for a seat in our Fall 2013 incoming class through Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

According to Charles Roboski, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, prospective applicants are best served by applying at the earliest possible date prior to the April 30 deadline. Under the Law College’s rolling admission process, applications are reviewed in the order in which they are complete (including all supporting documents). A decision typically is made within three weeks once the Office of Admissions receives all required materials.

MSU Law’s Admissions Committee for this year’s incoming class is composed of six faculty members and the Student Bar Association vice president. The admissions process is designed to identify individuals who have the potential to excel in law school and the practice of law. The committee considers many variables in addition to applicants’ academic record and Law School Admission Test scores, and seeks to enroll students who bring diverse personal and professional experiences and perspectives to the classroom.

The chair of this year’s Admissions Committee is Glen Staszewski, associate dean for research, professor of law, and the A.J. Thomas Faculty Scholar. Dean Staszewski takes pride in the attention given to the application review process and encourages prospective applicants to invest sufficient time to write a compelling personal statement.

“The personal statement is a critical part of the overall review process,” Staszewski notes. “It gives us an opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the candidate’s abilities, interests, and professional goals.”

Dean Roboski anticipates that the class profile for the Fall 2013 entering class will be similar to recent entering classes, with students enrolling from as many as 30 states and more than 100 undergraduate colleges and universities. This year’s incoming class is targeted at 280 students, a planned decrease from the 298 students who enrolled at the Law College in August 2012.

Prospective applicants who have questions about the admissions process, standards, or application review process may request a 20-minute phone or in-person consultation with an Office of Admissions staff member. To learn more about the MSU Law admissions process and upcoming events for prospective students, visit www.law.msu.edu/admissions.


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