Michigan State Law seeks to enroll students who have the potential to excel in their legal studies and the practice of law. Admissions Committee members generally have three questions in mind when reviewing an application for admission:
- Does the applicant have the potential to succeed and excel as a law student?
- What qualities does the applicant possess that we value in a law student and an aspiring member of the legal profession?
- How does this candidate compare to others who are seeking admission to this year’s incoming class?
The Admission Committee considers many variables in addition to the applicant’s academic record and highest score on the Law School Admission Test. Though the Committee has no preferences in terms of undergraduate major, the review process attempts to account for rigor of courses taken and how performance in one’s chosen major will serve as a foundation for success in law school. Because the undergraduate record and LSAT score are not relied on exclusively when assessing an application, the committee routinely admits individuals whose numerical “predictors” are lower but who bring to the Law College experiences, skills, or other qualities that the committee values. Our typical entering class comes from a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds, as well as regions of the country and abroad.
The table below is provided to help convey the likelihood of acceptance based only on cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (UGPA) and highest Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. This should be viewed only as a rudimentary tool to assess the possibility of acceptance, given that the MSU Law admissions process accounts for many non-quantifiable factors.
We invite prospective applicants to contact the Office of Admissions for a phone or in-person meeting to discuss admission standards and the application review process.
|3.70 & above||3.50-3.69||3.35-3.49||3.20-3.34||3.0-3.19||2.80-2.99||2.60-2.79||2.59 and below|
|160 & above||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Competitive||Admission Possible||Admission Possible|
|157-159||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Very Competitive||Very Competitive||Very Competitive||Competitive||Admission Possible||Acceptance Unlikely|
|153-156||Highly Competitive||Highly Competitive||Very Competitive||Competitive||Competitive||Admission Possible||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely|
|150-152||Very Competitive||Very Competitive||Competitive||Competitive||Admission Possible||Summer Start Program Possible||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely|
|147-149||Competitive||Competitive||Admission Possible||Admission Possible||Summer Start Program Possible||Summer Start Program Possible||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely|
|144-146||Admission Possible||Admission Possible||Summer Start Program Possible||Summer Start Program Possible||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely|
|142-143||Summer Start Program Possible||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely||Acceptance Unlikely|