Frequently Asked Questions

Gonzaga School of Law

 

Prospective Students

Thanks to a generous donation from a distinguished alumnus, all of our application fees have been waived.
 
Applications open October 1 and our priority deadline is April 15. Applications after April 15 will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Admissions Office for consideration after April 15.
 
You may check your application status here. You will need the username and password provided in the email we sent upon receipt of your application. When a final decision has been made, the status checker will say “Decision Mailed.” Gonzaga Law will not give out final decisions via the status checker, phone, e-mail, or any method other than direct mail. Please make sure the address you applied with is accurate.
 
Review time can vary greatly depending on the time of year and on the application. The admissions committee begins reviewing applications in January. Typically, it can take anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks for a decision to be mailed but this is not a guarantee.
 
Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s LSAT and GPA. These scholarships will be awarded as part of the student’s acceptance. Additional scholarships may be available based on other aspects of an application.
 
Yes, visiting the law schools that you are considering is an important step in the decision making process. It gives you a chance to get a feel for the school, the city, and the people that will play a vital role in your legal education. We’d love to show you around, and will even cover one night’s stay in a local hotel for Admitted Students. Allow one week’s advance notice. Please schedule a visit.
 
If you take the March LSAT you will be considered for admission so long as your application is completed before the April 15 deadline. We will keep your application on Hold until your LSAT score is released to us. However, March LSAT takers are not eligible for the Thomas More Scholarship.
 
Gonzaga Law currently offers the traditional 3-year J.D. program. But there is an option for an executive 2-year J.D. program as well.
 
Gonzaga does not have a part-time program. A student may take reduced credit loads for good cause, or based on extraordinary circumstances, but such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
 

Admitted Students

Gonzaga School of Law offers two dual-degree programs in conjunction with the Gonzaga School of Business: the J.D./MBA, and the J.D./Master of Accountancy.

We also offer a J.D./MSW in conjunction with the School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University.

Dual degree students must complete their first year of law school before participating in a dual degree program. Student must also be aware of application deadlines, entrance exams, and course prerequisites that the collaborating schools require.

 
First-year classes are registered for you by The Registrar’s Office. Typically, you will receive you schedule about two weeks before orientation.
 
Yes. We encourage all admitted students to visit Gonzaga Law. We will cover one nights stay at a local hotel for students who come to visit.
 
Admitted students can deposit via ZagWeb. The deposit deadline will be listed in your acceptance letter. Please refer to your acceptance packet for details on how to log into ZagWeb.
 
Check the Gonzaga Law Academic Calendar. Additional details about Orientation will be provided via e-mail about 3 or 4 weeks before classes start.
 
The admissions office will share housing options periodically on the private Admitted Student Facebook group. You can also check our housing resource website: http://gonzagaoffcampus.org/
 
Many students apply to law school while still completing their undergraduate degree. If this is your situation, you will need to send a final transcript showing that your bachelor’s degree has been awarded. This transcript must be sent to LSAC (in the same fashion as when you applied).
 
Admitted students have the option to defer their acceptance for one year on a case by case basis. Students interested in deferring should e-mail their request with a brief explanation. The request would then need to be approved by both The Admissions Committee and The Associate Dean of Students. This process typically takes 1-2 weeks. If a deferral is granted, a letter will be sent to the student confirming the decision. Any awarded scholarships will carry over with the deferral, provided that the student submits the $500 seat deposit.
 
Please complete a current FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for Federal Aid. Contact The Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.
 
The Thomas More Scholarship Program provides a full tuition scholarship to highly motivated students committed to public service through the practice of law. Interested applicants must submit a separate application for the TM Scholarship by February 1, and must already be accepted to Gonzaga School of Law.