Q. How much is the application fee?
A. Savannah Law School does not have an application fee.
Q. Do you only admit students for the Fall semester?
Q. What is your accreditation?
A. Savannah Law School is a branch of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School which has been fully approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association since 2009. The Section of Legal Education may be contacted at: 321 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 988-6738
Q. Do you offer both a full-time and part-time law program?
A. Yes. The full-time program is offered for students who are able to attend classes during the
day. The part-time program allows students to attend part-time during the day or part-time in the
evening. The part-time evening program meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6:00 pm until 9:15 pm.
Q. What is the cost of tuition?
A. Tuition is $19,500 per semester for full-time students and $11,700 per semester for part-time students. Additional information can be found here.
Q. Are student loans available?
A. Yes. Student loans for educational expenses are available to qualified borrowers. The Title IV School Code for Savannah Law School is the same as Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School: G31733. More information about student loans can be found here.
Q. Am I able to work while enrolled full time in law school?
A. Yes and No: Full-time students are encouraged to refrain from working during their first year of law school. After that, full-time students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week but are counseled not to exceed 15 hours of outside employment a week. Part-time students have great flexibility in hours.
Q. How many credits are required to graduate?
A. Eighty-eight (88) semester credits are required to graduate.
The Application Process
Q. When is your application deadline?
A. The law school accepts applications year round; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to complete the admissions process in a timely manner and to ensure consideration prior to the class becoming full.
Q. What is required to complete my file?
A. A completed file contains the following documentation:
- Completed application
- Most current Credential Assembley Service Report forwarded directly from LSAC. (LSAT score must be less than 5 years old at time of matriculation)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages, double spaced)
- Resume (1 page)
- Any necessary addendums
Q. Will the admissions committee review my admissions file if most of my documents are in?
A. No. The Admissions Committee will only review completed files.
Q. What does the Admissions Committee consider in addition to the LSAT and undergraduate GPA in reaching a decision?
A. The Admissions Committee considers the following factors in additional to the LSAT and GPA:
- Individual qualities which would contribute to fulfilling Savannah Law School’s mission.
- The college or university as well as the discipline in which the candidate’s degree was earned.
- Academic and professional accomplishments following the award of the first undergraduate degree.
- Leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, and positions of trust, confidence, and responsibility held.
- Personal references that can attest to the candidate’s capacity to successfully undertake a rigorous program in the study of law and to contribute positively to the profession and to society.
Q. Are interviews part of the Admissions process?
A. While evaluative interviews are not part of the admission process, our Admissions Committee reserves the right to request to interview a candidate by phone or in person.
Q. How will I be notified of an admissions decision?
A. Applicants are notified of a decision via email. No decisions are given over the phone regardless of circumstances. Applicants are, however, able to see their most up to date status online, which includes any correspondence that has been mailed or emailed.
Q. Do you require a seat deposit upon acceptance?
A. To secure a place in the entering class, accepted applicants for admission must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit. The deposit due dates will be noted in the acceptance letter. Seat deposits are credited to the student’s tuition account.
Q. What is the LSAT?
A. The LSAT is a half-day standardized test designed to measure skills considered essential for success in law school: the ability to read and comprehend complex texts with accuracy and insight; organize and manage information and draw reasonable inferences from it; think critically; and analyze and evaluate the reasoning and arguments of others. The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions and one 30-minute writing sample. Only four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The unscored section typically is used to pretest new test items or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section, which is commonly referred to as the variable section, is varied for each administration of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample; however, copies of the sample are sent to all law schools to which a candidate applies. Additional information can be found at www.lsac.org
The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180, with 180 being the highest possible score. Savannah Law School’s median LSAT for the 2013 entering class is a 151.
Q. When and where is the LSAT offered?
A. The LSAT is offered four times a year at numerous locations around the world. The test is given in the months of February, June, October, and December.
Q. How can I sign up for the LSAT test?
A. You can register online at the Law School Admission Council site at www.lsac.org or contact them by phone at 1-215-968-1001.
Q. What is the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and do I need to register with them?
A. The CAS prepares and provides a report for each law school to which you apply. The report contains information that schools use, along with your other submitted materials to make a decision on your application. Savannah Law School requires that you register for the CAS and have the report sent to SLS in order to review your application. Information contained in the report includes:
- An undergraduate academic summary
- Copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional transcripts
- LSAT scores and copies of your writing sample
- Copies of letters of recommendation processed by LSAC
Q. Do I have to wait to apply until after I take the LSAT?
A. No. You are encouraged to apply as soon as you are ready; however, no decision will be made until after we receive your official LSAT score as reported by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Q. Do letters of reference have to go through the CAS?
A. No. Letters of reference do not have to be sent to the CAS. We do advise that if you are applying to more than one school to utilize the service; however, we do allow letters to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the individual writing the recommendation. All letters received must be on letterhead with a full return address containing the contact person’s information. Letters must also contain an original signature or they will not be processed. Recommendation letters received via email will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to the Admissions Office at 516 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401.