Personal Statement Year 1181

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J.D. application process

2018 VLS Viewbook and Application Guide

Application Process

  • Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), if you have not done so already. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). You will need your registration "L number" to complete your application and to request an interview.
  • Applicants must hold (or expect to hold) a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • All international applicants must register with the LSAC J.D. Credential Assembly Service, and some international applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, see below)
  • The application fee is $70 and should be paid online using a credit card when you submit your application. If you have received an application fee waiver from VLS or LSAC has provided you a need-based waiver, the VLS application fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application.
  • We encourage all applicants to schedule an in-person interview (see below)
  • Apply online between September 1 and April 1.

LSAT and J.D. Credential Assembly Service. All applicants must take the LSAT and register with the J.D. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admission Council. You must provide a copy of official college transcripts from each college and university you have attended to the CAS. The CAS report sent to law schools will include photocopies of your transcripts, your LSAT score(s), your LSAT writing sample, a transcript analysis and other information helpful to readers of your application.

Two letters of recommendation. You must submit at least two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from members of the faculty of your undergraduate or graduate school, preferably faculty members who served as your advisers on research projects or who taught you in more than one course. If you have been recently employed full-time or serving in the military, you may submit letters from the persons best able to comment on your performance. If you have been out of school for several years, you may submit letters from employers if academic recommendations are not available. We recommend that your letters be submitted through the CAS letter of recommendation service, although your recommenders may send their letters directly to the Admissions Office if they prefer.

Personal statement. Please provide a personal statement, presenting yourself to the Admissions Committee. The application forms provide additional guidance for your statement. We also welcome a diversity statement or other supplemental statement you believe will be helpful to readers of your application.

Admission Interview Program for J.D. Applicants: More information promotes better decisions both for law schools and for law students. That's why we encourage all J.D. applicants to schedule an in-person interview as part of the application process. More than 900 VLS alumni interview applicants in 44 states, D.C., and 14 foreign locations, and VLS admissions officers interview applicants at dozens of scheduled events on university campuses and in major cities from coast to coast.  Click here for more information and to schedule an interview. Interview requests must be made by December 1. Complete the Admission Interview form in the application to inform us of your interview status at the time you apply.

Character and Fitness: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. With an eye toward these professional standards, the Vanderbilt application for admission asks specific questions concerning disciplinary actions in an academic setting, charges or convictions of crimes, and charges or findings of offenses (whether or not defined as crimes). Bar examiners may review your answers to these questions on your law school application when you apply for admission to the bar and your background records are checked.

International Students. If you completed a bachelor's degree at an institution outside the United States (including its territories) and/or Canada, in addition to providing the materials listed above, you must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless the language of instruction at the foreign institution conferring your bachelor's degree is English. Please request that ETS send your TOEFL score directly to LSAC for inclusion with your CAS report, using code 0058.

Application for Law Scholars Merit Awards. (optional) Law Scholars Merit Awards

Application fee. $70 (non-refundable).You must apply online and pay the application fee with a credit or debit card. If you have received a need-based fee waiver through LSAC or a VLS fee waiver, your Vanderbilt application fee will be automatically waived when you apply online.


Selection Process

While we make decisions on individual applications as quickly as possible, the time required varies from case to case. We evaluate each application thoroughly, reflecting our belief that the quality of the educational environment at Vanderbilt Law School benefits from considering a range of information far broader than your GPA and LSAT score.

Our "rolling" selection process allows for extending the time frame of consideration in appropriate cases, which ensures that each application receives the individual attention it deserves and allows us to make careful comparisons of applications completed at different times. The rolling process also means that applicants who take the December or February LSAT are not disadvantaged.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office

615-322-6452 | admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu


In order to enroll in major-specific classes and graduate, you must be admitted into your intended major program. Admission to major is primarily based on your academic performance in foundational coursework, with some programs also reviewing non-academic information such as responses to essay prompts or personal statements.

*Some major program may accept applications after this date. You can view the final application deadline for each program below.

As you apply to each major, you will find that many programs use terminology such as EPHR, CPHR, OSU Advising Report, and Degree Audit. Here is a quick reference guide:

Admission to each major program is competitive. In order to assist you with setting goals for your academic performance, each department publishes a year in advance a set of criteria which, if met, guarantees admission to the major. These criteria, along with admission coursework, is compiled in the documents called Major Application Guidelines:

Because majors are competitive, you are encouraged to identify a first-choice major and an alternate major. You can apply to multiple programs in the same term. If accepted to both, you will need to notify the program you no longer intend to pursue so that program can extend admission to additional students, if possible.

If you are ready to begin major coursework next term, you should submit your application to the major during this term. 

Step 1: Review the Major Application Guidelines, available above. Identify the major(s) to which you want to apply.

Step 2: Verify that you meet the requirements to apply for your intended major(s) and that each major program accepts applications during this term.

Step 3: Review the application information for your intended major(s) (see below). Prepare all required materials prior to beginning the online application. For example, if a major program requires an essay or short answer prompt, or a projection of courses, prepare those materials before beginning the online application.

Step 4: Submit your online application by the major application deadline.

The open application deadline for each term is the third Friday. Acceptance of applications after this deadline varies by each department.  If you submit your application by the encouraged application deadline, you will meet the deadline for all major programs accepting applications this term.

Step 5: You will receive notification of your admission decision via an email sent directly to your OSU email account. Most admission decisions will be made after final grades for this term have posted and been reviewed.

If you are admitted to multiple major programs, you can only accept admission to one major program during this admission cycle. You must notify the programs you no longer intend to pursue that you are declining the admission offer. This will not negatively affect any future applications you submit to these programs if you change your intended major. By notifying these departments you allow other students to receive offers of admission.

Cancelling A Submitted Application: Some departments limit the number of times you can apply to the major program. If, after submitting your application, you wish to cancel your application at a later date, complete the Cancel Application Request no later than 11:59PM on Friday, March 23, 2018 (tenth Friday).

Below are the online major applications for each engineering program. Scroll down to your program to review information and begin your application.

Application Deadline: applications are not accepted during this term.

Applications only accepted during autumn terms.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1172, 2173; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; CHEM 1250 or 1220; MECHENG 2040; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110; AEROENG 2200

Application Materials: PDF of your Aeronautical and Astronautical Degree Audit.

Students who apply after this deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

To apply you must have completed the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, ENGLISH 1110; AVIATN 2000, 2100.

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report.


Biomedical Engineering

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 23, 2018

Applications only accepted during spring terms.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; CHEM 1210, 1220.

Application Materials: Projection of coursework for the next three academic terms (SU, AU, SP); description of any awards, honors, or scholarships; descriptions of relevant work or volunteer experience; responses to the following short answer questions:

  • How do you think your background experience(s) will add to the diversity in the BME Department? (300 word maximum)
  • What attracted you to the field of biomedical engineering? (150 word maximum)
  • What are your career goals and how will a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering help you succeed in achieving them? (150 word maximum)

Chemical Engineering

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 26, 2018 

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; CHEMISTRY 1210, 1220; ENGR 1100.

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report


Civil Engineering

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; one of the following science courses: PHYSICS 1251 OR CHEM 1210 OR CHEM 1250; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110.


Computer Science and Engineering

Application Deadline: Last day of finals exams.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): CSE 2221 or higher, ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151;  PHYSICS 1250; ENGLISH 1110. 

Application Materials: none.

Note: This application is for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, offered through the College of Engineering. If you are interested in pursuing the Computer and Information Science majors (BS or BA) offered through the College of Arts and Sciences please submit the CIS Online Major Application. If you have questions about the difference between the CSE and CIS major programs, please contact the CSE Advising Office.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Spring Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 
Summer Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; CHEMISTRY 1250 or 1220;  CSE 1222; ENGLISH 1110. 

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report.

Are you enrolled in your last admission to major class in Spring 2018?
Please complete the Spring 2018 Application.

Are you enrolled in your last admission to major class in Summer 2018?
Please complete the Summer 2018 Application.


Engineering Physics

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Applications only accepted during spring terms.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251.

Application Materials: If your CPHR and/or EPHR is less than a 3.0, prepare a response to the following prompt: "Please describe why you are a good match for the Engineering Physics program. Explain your interest in the program and what led you to pursue this academic path. In addition, please share factors that contributed to your CPHR and/or EPHR being below a 3.0. Include any other information you would like the committee to know or consider." 


Environmental Engineering

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; CHEM 1210, 1220; MECHENG 2040; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110.


Food, Ag, and Biological Engineering

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 26, 2018* 

*Interested in applying to the FABE major this semester? Contact Kelli Swackhamer at swackhamer.4@osu.edu to see if you qualify to submit an application after the deadline!

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, one of the following sciences: CHEM 1210 or CHEM 1250; ENGR 1100. 

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report


Industrial and Systems Engineering 

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

You have completed the following EPHR courses (or equivalents): ENGLISH 1110.01; MATH 1151; 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; ENGR 1181 and must have taken or be enrolled in CSE 1223 (ENGR. 1281.01 or 1281.02 are equivalent and fulfill the programming requirement). 

Additionally, you have completed ENGR 1182 or 1282 and ENGR 1100 or equivalents. The grades in these courses are not included in the EPHR calculation.

Lastly, you are enrolled in, or have previous credit for, MATH 2568 or 2174, and STATS 3470. The final grades in these courses are reviewed as part of the application process.  Full admission to the major requires a C or higher in STATS 3470, MATH 2568 or 2174, and CSE 1223 (or equivalent).

Application Materials: Response to this prompt: "Please describe why you want to be an Industrial and Systems engineer. Highlight any special circumstances that might have affected your academic performance."


Materials Science and Engineering 

Application Deadline: Tuesday,May 1, 2018 

Applications are accepted during autumn and spring terms. Students applying during spring term who are accepted into the major program will begin major classes the following spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; CHEM 1210 OR 1250; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; MATSCEN 2010 (C or higher); ENGLISH 1110.  


Mechanical Engineering

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; 1172, 2173; PHYSICS 1250, 1251;  CHEM 1250 or 1220; MECHENG 2010; STATS 3450; ENGLISH 1110; ENGR 1100 or equivalents.

Application Materials: PDF of your Mechanical Engineering Degree Audit.


Welding Engineering 

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 

Applications are accepted during autumn and spring terms. Students applying during spring term who are accepted into the major program will begin major classes the following spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; CHEM 1210 OR 1250; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; MATSCEN 2010; ENGLISH 1110.  

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