Admissions will contact you after your application is received to acknowledge receipt and arrange payment of the application fee. Once all required admission items are received, applicants who meet our key benchmarks will be scheduled for a telephone interview so that we can learn more about your personal background and better assess your candidacy as a St. Francis online student. Our goal is to interview as many applicants as possible; however, not all applicants are assured of an admissions interview.
The Academic Acceptance Committee reviews and considers applications as a whole. No one factor is decisive; your education, personal and career goals, experience, and achievements are all given equal weight. The process is designed to ensure that each applicant will fit in well with our student body and succeed in our curriculum.
Three key areas are carefully evaluated:
- Scholarly achievements.
- Professional development.
- Character and personal development.
Academic background is a key factor in an applicant’s ability to succeed at St. Francis. The Academic Acceptance Committee considers:
- The institutions attended, including the difficulty of curriculums studied, and overall intellectual aptitude.
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- Professional certifications and licenses, regardless of whether they relate to the field of law.
- LSAT scores. Though not required for admission, these scores can reflect academic potential, and may be particularly helpful if professional experience is limited.
The depth and breadth of an applicant’s professional development offers insights into how he/she stands out among associates and colleagues.
To gain a better understanding of distinguishing characteristics such as ambition, commonsense, creativity, and the ability to achieve a realistic work-life balance, we examine four key areas—experience, goals, teamwork and sponsorship.
- Breadth of experience is more important than any professional title, and the learning that comes from failures is as important as successes. We look not only at where you are today, but also at the paths that led you to this point.
- Knowing your short-term and long-term goals and why you have chosen to attend a competitive online law school to achieve those goals will help us tailor our program to the interests and needs of each class.
- Experience working as part of a team—as a member or a leader—is valuable, not only within St Francis, a close-knit community in which lifelong connections are built and nurtured, but throughout your career. We consider your communication and interpersonal skills, and your ability to work effectively with diverse personalities.
- A sponsorship from your employer or organization is a strong endorsement of your skills and potential. We give sponsorships tremendous weight.
Character and Personal Development
The experiences that have shaped your character and personal development—whether it was living in a foreign country, joining the Peace Corps or the military, or volunteering in your community—show us more about who you are, the perspectives you will bring to classroom discussions, and how the St. Francis community as a whole can benefit from your participation. We take into consideration:
- Extracurricular and volunteer activities that reflect your interests and contributions within your community and your ability to balance work with play.
- Your responses to difficult or new situations that offer insights into your emotional intelligence and moral character, including ethical integrity, listening skills, empathy, and communication skills.