FAQ for Future Students
When do you begin accepting applications?
We will begin accepting applications on October 1 for fall applications and March 1 for spring applications.
When will the admissions committee consider my file?
Barry Law follows a rolling admissions policy. The admissions committee will review your file once it is complete. Applicants should make sure that all materials have been received and the file is therefore complete.
May I send my application and supporting materials if I haven’t taken the LSAT?
Yes, the Office of Admissions will prepare a file and request your CAS report (a.k.a. law school report). Once your score is available and all required information is received, LSAC will then automatically send the report to Barry Law.
How do I apply for a scholarship? Does Barry offer scholarships?
Yes! Barry Law is very proud of the scholarship program. In fact, 100 percent of last year’s entering class received an institutional scholarship from $1,000 and up. Admitted candidates are automatically considered for scholarships and do not need to complete any additional forms. If a scholarship is offered to you, a notice will be sent with your official acceptance letter. Barry Law wants you to have this information as soon as possible in order to weigh your options.
What kind of financial aid is available aside from scholarships?
Students are eligible for the Federal Stafford Loan regardless of financial circumstances (certain criminal convictions may be a hindrance, however). This covers $20,500 of tuition. The remaining tuition (don’t forget to subtract scholarship money) and living expenses can be covered via Grad Plus loans. Please contact our Director of Student Financial Services, Jean Walker at jmwalker@ barry.edu for more information about student loans and special payment plans.
Does Barry offer a part-time program in the evening?
Yes, Barry Law offers a part-time evening program for students beginning in the fall semester. Students attend classes Monday through Thursday evenings during the first academic year following a course schedule designed by the Registrar. Generally, the load during the first academic year (based on the available courses) is approximately 9 to 11 credits. After the first year, students may plan their own schedules and may take as few as 8 credits or as many as 12 credits in part time.
What is the cut off score for the LSAT and GPA?
Barry Law does not have a cut off score for the LSAT and GPA. The admissions committee considers an applicant’s highest LSAT score, cumulative undergraduate GPA, personal statement, and letters of recommendation when reviewing a file. If you have specific questions regarding your application, please contact the Admissions Office.
If I am only applying to Barry Law, do I still need to register with CAS (Credential Assembly Service via Law School Admissions Council)?
Yes. When you register for the LSAT, you will be prompted to register with the CAS. You will then be required to send transcripts from any educational institution you ever attended (whether or not you received a degree) as well as two letters of recommendation. Your CAS will not be sent to Barry Law until all required documents are received for inclusion in the CAS.
When is the deadline to apply?
Barry Law has established a priority deadline of May 1 for the submission of applications for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.
Will you consider the June LSAT for the fall applications?
Yes. June LSAT scores will be accepted on a space available basis. If you wish to enroll in spring, it is recommended that you take the LSAT no later than October.
Do you offer spring admission for new students?
Yes. Barry offers start dates for new students in both fall and spring. December 1 is the priority deadline for spring admissions. It is recommended that you take the LSAT no later than October for consideration in the spring entering class. Classes must be taken in the summer semester for spring enrollees. The spring semester generally starts the second week of January.
Which supplemental materials need to accompany my Barry Law application?
Attached to your application should be your personal statement and resume (if applicable). Be sure you have registered and completed your CAS. This law school report is critical as it contains your LSAT score and copies of your undergraduate transcripts and undergraduate cumulative GPA. In addition, if you have marked “yes” to any questions on the law school application, you must attach an addendum explaining the circumstances of each event including the final disposition and the date(s) of occurrence.
Who should write my recommendation letters?
The admissions committee prefers recommendation letters from two sources: a character reference and a work ethic reference. If you are still in school, professors are a great option as recommenders. If you are in the working world, supervisors can certainly speak to the work ethic issue. Character references can be from any source except relatives.
Can I defer my acceptance? Is my scholarship offer still valid if my deferral is granted?
Accepted candidates may request a deferral for the next incoming class. If you wish to be considered for the following year, you will need to reapply for admission. The admissions committee will review the file based on the new parameters set for the next entering class. If you are admitted, you will be awarded a scholarship based on the scholarship grid for the current entering class.
Does Barry Law offer on-campus housing?
No. Barry Law does not offer on-campus housing. However, the Orlando area has a wealth of apartments and houses for rent. Students may check with the admissions office for a list of apartments where law students currently live, the local newspaper, or agencies like Apartment Hunters.
If I’m a poor standardized test taker or I just had a very bad day when I took the LSAT, should I explain this in my personal statement?
No. This type of information is best suited in a short addendum (one page maximum) if at all.
What should my personal statement cover?
The personal statement should discuss what led to your interest in the law, what you plan to do with your law degree, and/or a significant adversity in your life that you have overcome. The statement should be 1 ½ - 2 pages, double spaced, and on one side of the paper.
If I did very poorly in my first two years of college, but then improved my last two years, will the committee notice this? Should I discuss this in my personal statement?
The admissions committee thoroughly reviews transcripts copies included with the LSDAS report. Upward trends are always of interest. You may include an optional short addendum pointing out an upward trend and the reasons behind it.
Do you have a summer program where students can compete for a place in the fall entering class?
No, Barry Law does not offer a summer conditional program.
Is Barry Law accredited?
Barry University School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Further information as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association may be obtained from 321 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 988-6738.
I am not sure if I want to practice law in the state of Florida. With that in mind, what should I consider when I fill out my application?
Every American jurisdiction in which you may practice law after graduation from law school requires each applicant for admission to the bar to meet character and fitness requirements as a condition of eligibility for admission. A character and fitness review will require truthful, accurate and complete reporting of all requested information related to past conduct that bar examiners may deem relevant to one’s fitness to practice law, in most jurisdictions including (but not limited to) all criminal arrests, charges, plea agreements, convictions, or instances of being taken into custody, as a juvenile or adult; all traffic violations except minor parking citations; involvement as a party to civil litigation; acts of fraud, dishonesty or lack of candor; educational discipline or misconduct; failure to pay financial obligations; and substance abuse. Many jurisdictions require disclosure of all criminal arrests, charges, plea agreements or convictions, as a juvenile or adult, even where the record has been expunged.
It should be noted, however, that while bar admission boards require a complete disclosure of requested information, in many instances past relevant conduct, particularly if isolated and/or not recent, has not resulted in denial or delay of admission to the bar in a particular jurisdiction of interest. (This is not to suggest or predict how any jurisdiction’s bar admissions board would respond to any applicant’s particular conduct disclosures going forward.)
A failure to truthfully, accurately and completely respond to a character and fitness inquiry, however, is commonly deemed a character and fitness violation in and of itself, and may be more detrimental to bar admission prospects than the undisclosed or incorrectly disclosed underlying conduct.
You are encouraged, as you go through the law school application process and before you enter law school, to determine the character and fitness requirements of the jurisdiction(s) where you intend to practice law. If you are uncertain where you will practice law, you may wish to review the Standard NCBE Character and Fitness Application, titled Request for Preparation of a Character Report, of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which is used by a number of jurisdictions’ bar admission authorities. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available at www.ncbex.org.
If the school learns that your answer to any of these questions was not accurate, your acceptance may be revoked, or, if you are already enrolled, you may be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal. You must disclose the disposition of any charges against you, even if the charges were dismissed. Your answers to these questions are confidential. You are under a continuing obligation to notify the School of Law of any changes in your answers to these questions.
How large is the entering class?
The goal for the entering class changes each year. This fall, the admissions office is planning for approximately 210 full-time day students and 50 evening students. Full-time day students are generally divided into two or three sections.
Are summer classes available after the first year?
Yes. After completing first year courses, students may attend the summer session. The available courses offered during the summer change each year. Look for the summer schedule sometime during the spring semester. Summer classes are charged on a per credit basis as opposed to the fall and spring semesters included in the annual tuition figure. Check with the financial aid office for current per credit hour rates and for information regarding available financial aid during the summer. Barry Law will honor credits for study abroad as long as the program in question is ABA-approved.
I have been academically dismissed from another law school. Can I apply to Barry Law School?
Barry Law will review these applications on a case by case basis, but all candidates who have previously been academically dismissed from another law school must wait out 2 years before reapplying. Please contact the admissions office if you have specific questions regarding your situation.
Should my application be submitted electronically?
Yes, applications should be submitted electronically via the LSAC website: www.lsac.org. The Barry Law site also contains a link to the LSAC for this purpose.