A limited number of visitors with compelling personal or academic reasons for attending Michigan will be admitted to the fall and winter terms. We also consider an applicant's previous law school performance in assessing how he or she will integrate into the Michigan Law School Community.
Applications for visiting are accepted between May 1 and July 21, for the fall and/or winter terms; we encourage you to complete your application by July 1, however, to maximize your chance of admission. Decisions are made beginning in mid-June. If you wish to apply to be a visiting student, you must submit, or have submitted on your behalf, the following documents directly to Admissions Office:
1. Application for admission. Use our standard admission application, simply check the box(es) for visitor admission.
2. Application fee ($75.00). Fee waivers are not available for applicants for visitor admission.
3. A letter of good standing. This should be sent directly from the Dean at your current law school to us, and should state that you are academically eligible to return to that school. This letter should also state that you will be granted credit by your home school for courses taken at Michigan.
4. A full, official transcript that includes your most recent semester’s grades. Please have the records office of your current law school send us a copy directly. If your most recent grades have not yet been recorded on your transcript, they may be provided in a letter.
5. A letter stating your class rank. Please have the records office of your current law school send us this letter directly. If your class rank is shown on your transcript, you need not provide a separate letter. If your law school does not rank students, please have the records office of your law school send a letter confirming that fact, and if possible, provide us with any other information that will assist in evaluating the strength of your academic performance.
6. A copy of your LSAC report. We can get this in one of three ways: (A) We will automatically request a report directly from LSAC as soon as we receive your application—but please note that in order for us to receive a new report, you must prepay LSAC for the cost; (B) If we are unable to receive an CAS report because you didn’t prepay, we will then automatically check to see if you applied to Michigan Law within the last two admissions seasons, and if so, we’ll use the CAS report still on file in our office; (C) If you don’t want to pay LSAC for a new report and you didn’t apply to us in the past, you should ask the records office at your current law school to send us a copy directly.
7. A letter of academic recommendation from a faculty member at your current law school who has had you as a student. The letter may be sent to us directly by the faculty member. Alternatively, you may use the CAS recommender service, in which case we’ll need to order your CAS report in order to receive your letter—which means that, as described in paragraph 6 above, you’ll need to prepay LSAC for that cost.
8. A statement that gives your reasons for requesting visitor status at the University of Michigan Law School.