If applicants feel they have personal cricumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, they should apply as special applicants. For example, a student whose LSAT score may be negatively affected by language difficulties should apply as a special applicant.
Criterion for special admission: Special applicants will be admitted based on the Admission Committee`s assessment of their ability to cope successfully with the requirements of the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program. Special applicant`s LSAT scores will usually be given significant weight. There is no formal quota for special applicants, but the number of such admissions is necessarily limited.
Supporting Material: To ensure the Admissions Committee has adequate information to make an informed decision, applicants seeking special consideration must complete all steps in the regular application procedure and provide additional documentation that includes:
- a statement identifying and explaining the nature of their educational disadvantage or interruption of studies
- any relevant supporting documentation, such as medical reports
- details of any relevant occupational experience or community involvement
- two to three supporting letters of reference from people (not related by family to the applicant) who can comment on the applicant`s aptitude and potential for law studies
In selecting applicants for the first year class, the College of Law considers it important for the student body to reflect a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Equity Of Access: The College of Law recognizes exclusive reliance on the standard criteria for admission would unfairly prejudice the prospects of applicants whose academic record, for reasons beyond their control, does not reflect their true potential to successfully pursue the study of law. Accordingly, special consideration will be given to applicants whose educational opportunities have been hindered by circumstances such as cultural or economic disadvantage, physical impairment or learning disability, or significant interruption of the pursuit of post-secondary education.
Examples of relevant educational disadvantages might be:
- first language other than English
- barriers resulting from ethnic or racial background
- employment or domestic obligations preventing earlier application
- learning disability or physical impairment that hampers access to or effective use of educational opportunities
- significant interruption of post-secondary education