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Interim Department Head, English
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Frequently Asked Questions Early Law School Admission -- 

What is the advantage of early law school admission?  

The Early Law School Admission Program (ELSAP) saves a whole year of studies.  A student can get their bachelor's and JD degrees in six years instead of seven, because the first year of law school counts towards the undergraduate degree.

Am I guaranteed to get into law school?

No.  There is no guarantee of law school admission.  Students are accepted into ELSAP only as candidates.  There are requirements to remain in the program and for admission to the law school, including a high enough score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  

If I am admitted as a candidate, can I select any participating law school?

No.  Different participating law schools have  different criteria.  For instance, you could potentially only be eligible for Akron if you scored a 150 on your LSAT.

Can anyone apply?

Only full-time on-ground freshmen students are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are not eligible.  The program welcomes applications from students who have: 
    • A 3.4 or higher GPA in their first semester at RMU 
    • A recorded standardized test score of either at least 21 on the ACT or a 1040 on the SAT
Is there an extra fee to apply? 

There is no additional fee to apply to ELSAP.

When can I join the program?


Students interested in the program should notify their admissions counselor.  Their first semester at RMU they should meet with the program coordinator.  In their second semester students who meet the criteria may apply to become a candidate in the program.  Click here to view the application procedures.

Is it difficult to remain in the program?  

Candidates in the program must take the required curriculum and maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher.  There are also other requirements; click here to view them.  In order to be admitted to Law School, candidates must score high enough on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  

How well do I have to do on the LSAT?

Candidates in ELSAP are not automatically accepted to Law School, but must receive high enough LSAT scores.  RMU students receive help in preparing for the LSAT, taking part in the Pre-Law Society and the Pre-Law Advisory Program, and receiving advisement from the Pre-Law Coordinator, Prof. Louis Swartz

What if I do not get a high enough LSAT score?

Candidates in the program who are not accepted finish out their final year at Robert Morris in their degree program, and can apply for law school during or after their completion of their final year.  

For the fourth year, am I an RMU student or a law school student?  

For the fourth year of the program (their first year in law school), students enroll in law school.  They are categorized as undergraduate students, even though they are law students.  They also remain active students as far as RMU is concerned,  retaining their RMU email and library privileges.  

My fourth year, do I pay RMU tuition or law school tuition?

For their fourth year of study (their first year in law school) students will pay regular law school standard graduate tuition and fees.  This is the case even though they are categorized as undergraduate students.  

Can I live on the RMU Campus my fourth year?


For the fourth year of the program (their first year in law school), students may either live off-campus or on the RMU campus.  

Do my grades in Law School affect my RMU grade point average?

No.  Law school courses are transfer credits, which do not affect GPA.  

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Their first year in law school, students in this program are eligible for undergraduate student aid.  Students will be able to borrow their undergraduate loans, and receive other aid they are entitled to as an undergraduate student if they qualify (PHEAA, PELL etc.).  For the first year in law school, students will file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and list their law school as their school.  After year one, the student can then receive graduate financial aid and anything else that they may qualify for as a law student.  

What if I drop out of the first year of law school?

Students who do not finish their first year of law school may return for their final year at Robert Morris to finish in their degree program.  Any credits earned in law school will count towards their degree.  Their RMU scholarship may be awarded back for them to complete up to two more semesters at RMU.  Students who are out of RMU for more than one year would not receive their freshman merit scholarship any longer.  

When do I get my bachelor's degree?

Students get their undergraduate degree four years after they matriculate at RMU.  They walk with their class at commencement, with a year of law school already completed.  

Can I transfer to another law school?

This is possible but not at all typical, and not advisable.