BLS does not offer an LSAT/GPA admission profile, for numbers alone cannot provide a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s potential for law school success. While matrices may be helpful to some, too often they needlessly discourage others - those with profiles slightly below our published numerical benchmarks who may still be competitive for admission here. Moreover, such profiles tend to reduce the selection process to a two-dimensional matrix, one which fails to portray accurately our admission practices.
Admission to Brooklyn Law School is based on a meticulous appraisal of each applicant’s character, academic achievements, aptitude for the study of law, life experience, and other pertinent indications of professional promise.
Some of the applicants who clearly rank highest are admitted immediately. After initial review, other competitive files are sent to the Admissions Committee for additional individual evaluation. The Committee is composed of faculty and the Dean of Admissions.
To be sure, candidates with high test scores and commensurate grades are more likely to gain admission than those with lower grades and scores. Nevertheless, no combination of grades and scores guarantees admission. We go to great lengths to ensure that all applicants are accorded consideration of all of their credentials, and every application is evaluated by several Admissions readers to ensure a range of perspectives.
Non-quantifiable factors also significantly influence our decisions. A partial list includes: the quality of schools attended; the strength of the program of study; grade trends; the content of faculty letters of evaluation; the cogency of the candidate’s writing; campus leadership; significant service to the community; the nature and quality of any work experience or foreign study/travel; awards and honors; and military service. We have a century-long tradition of offering opportunity to members of under-represented groups.
In sum, all relevant factors presented in the application are evaluated carefully and, before reaching a decision, we do our best to form an assessment of the applicant as a person.