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Early Law School Admission Program
The Early Law School Admission Program (ELSAP) at RMU provides high-performing students who desire to go to law school the opportunity to complete three years of undergraduate work at Robert Morris University followed by three years of law school.
The participating law schools are the University of Akron School of Law, the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and the Duquesne University School of Law. Students must meet different criteria for these different programs.
The credits from the first year of law school are counted towards the B.A. degree at Robert Morris. Students graduate with their undergraduate class four years after they matriculate at RMU.
The Early Law School Admission Program in the School of Education and Social Sciences works with the following majors:
For frequently asked questions about the Early Law School Admission Program, click here.
Students interested in ELSAP should notify their admissions counselor and meet with the chair of the Social Sciences ELSAP Committee their first semester at RMU. Full-time on-ground freshmen students are eligible; transfer students are not eligible.
Priority consideration is given to students who have received a 3.4 or higher in their first semester at RMU and who have a recorded standardized test score of either at least 21 on the ACT or a 1040 on the SAT (math + critical reading). However, students must meet different criteria for different programs.
Procedure to Become a Candidate
Interested students must complete the following in their second semester at RMU in order to be considered:
For Spring 2016, applications are due to Associate Dean Philip Harold by March 21.
The departmental committee will consider the applications during the spring semester, and applicants who are accepted as candidates will be asked to meet with the chair of the Social Sciences ELSAP Committee and to sign a waiver indicating they know the program requirements and conditions. Only when this process is complete may the student be added to the checksheet for the program.
When students are added to the checksheet they become candidates for early law school admission. To continue on the checksheet students must maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher, make appropriate academic progress as determined by the Social Sciences ELSAP Committee, be a member of the Pre-Law Society, take part in the Pre-Law Advisory Program and receive academic advisement by the Coordinator of the RMU Pre-Law Advisory Program, Prof. Louis Swartz, take the LSAT by the fall of their third year, meet any applicable character and fitness requirements for law school, as well as comply with all application, seat deposit, and other deadlines, and in the spring of their third year have any required in-person interviews with the University committee at RMU and with a representative of the law school.
Law School Admission Requirements
To be admitted as a law student at the University of Akron School of Law under ELSAP, students must fulfill the program requirements, score at least a 150 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), (have a grade point average of at least 3.4 by the mid-point of their junior year, and satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to Akron Law. Robert Morris students who do not meet these automatic admission criteria or who are not enrolled in ELSAP will still be considered for admission into Akron Law on a case-by-case basis.
To be admitted to the Duquesne University School of Law under ELSAP, students must fulfill the program requirements and receive a score on the LSAT above the 60th percentile.
To be admitted to Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law under ELSAP, students must enter with a minimum SAT score of 1100 (math + critical reading, with no individual section lower than 500), or a minimum ACT score of 23, and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (or its equivalent). They must also earn a LSAT score at least equal to the median LSAT for Drexel's class in the year the student was admitted to RMU University. For example, if the median LSAT for Drexel's class was 154 the year the student entered the ELSAP as a candidate, the candidate must score at least 154 on the LSAT.
For More Information, Contact:
Philip J Harold, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Professor of Political Science
School of Education & Social Sciences
Nicholson Center 457