Aggie Direct - The J.D. Alternative Admissions Program

(Exclusively for Texas A&M University – College Station Undergraduates)

Aggie Direct 2020




Program Overview

Aggie Direct – the J.D. alternative admissions program – allows a limited number of Texas A&M University – College Station undergraduates to enter the School of Law without taking the otherwise required Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools authorize the Aggie Direct program and establish the minimum eligibility requirements. The School of Law anticipates the qualifications of the applicant pool will increase over time and therefore reserves the right to modify the requirements to reflect those growths.

 The Aggie Direct program is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements of eligibility does not guarantee admission. Applicants that do not receive an admission offer through the Aggie Direct program may request reconsideration after submitting an LSAT or GRE score.


Program Eligibility

  • Aggie Direct applicants must either be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Texas A&M University – College Station at the time of admittance to the School of Law or have graduated no earlier than twelve months before the date of matriculation at the School of Law.
  • Aggie Direct applicants must report an SAT or ACT composite score at or above the 85th percentile. The test administration date must be within 5 years of the date of matriculation at the School of Law. 
  • Aggie Direct applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA (CUGPA) of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic course work. 

Application Process

Step

1

Meet with a pre-law advisor (see program contacts below)

Texas A&M University – College Station is a national leader in preparing students for law school. The most successful students create a plan of action and take every advantage to enhance their profiles. The Professional School Advising Office will serve as your ally every step of the way, from helping you decide whether law school is right for you through the application process. It is never too early to speak with your pre-law advisor.

Step

2

Express your intent to apply (see program contacts below)

Contact Assistant Dean Terence L. Cook to express your interest in the program. All communications should include your legal name, contact information, and TAMU UIN.


Step

3

Create your Law School Admission Council (LSAC) account

Applicants must apply for admission through LSAC. To begin the process, you must create an LSAC account.


Step

4

Complete and sign the Texas A&M University School of Law electronic application

Use your LSAC account to access and complete the electronic application. Take care to upload your personal statement, current resume, character and fitness addendum (if necessary), and any other supporting documents you believe will assist the committee in evaluating your application.


Step

5

Register for the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

LSAC serves as a central clearinghouse for applicants applying to law school. The CAS streamlines the process by collecting documents (letters of recommendation) and providing a summary of your academic record (transcripts). This comprehensive report is shared with the School of Law.

Your CAS report will not be released until we receive your SAT or ACT score report.


Step

6

Submit your official SAT or ACT score report to the School of Law Admissions Office

  • SAT – Applicants must submit an official SAT score report directly to the Admissions Office by using the Designated Institution code 7817.
       
  • ACT – The School of Law does not have an ACT school code. Applicants should have their official ACT score report sent to themselves. Upon receipt, the sealed score report must be forwarded to

Assistant Dean Terence L. Cook
Texas A&M University School of Law | Office of Admissions  
1515 Commerce St. | Fort Worth, TX  76102     

Your CAS report will not be released until we receive your SAT or ACT score report.


Step

7

Tracking your application status

Aggie Direct applicants can track the status of their application through their established LSAC account.



Aggie Direct Program Contacts

Texas A&M University School of Law

Terence L. Cook, J.D. | Assistant Dean – Admissions & Scholarships
1515 Commerce St. | Fort Worth, TX | 76102
Phone:  817.212.4040
Email:  tcook@law.tamu.edu

Texas A&M University – College Station

Karen Severn | Associate Director & Pre-Law Advisor
Career Center | Professional School Advising | 209 John. J. Koldus Building
Online:  Pre-Law Advising
Phone:  979.847.8938
Email:  ksevern@tamu.edu  

FAQ

Why is there a limit on the number of applicants admitted through the Aggie Direct program, and how is that number determined?

The number of admitted applicants is determined by the entering-class size of the previous year. The American Bar Association (ABA) permits us to enroll no more than 10% of the previous year’s entering class size.

Am I eligible for Aggie Direct if I received, or will receive, a bachelor’s degree from one of the other Texas A&M System Schools?

No. Under the ABA Standards, this program is restricted to undergraduates receiving their first bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – College Station. Applicants must either be in attendance at the time of admittance to the School of Law or have graduated no earlier than twelve months before the date of matriculation at the School of Law.

When can I submit my admission application?

The School of Law admits a new entering class each fall semester. The admission application is released each year on September 1. The general application deadlines apply to those seeking admission through the Aggie Direct program.

However, the School of Law employs a “rolling admission” process, and the number of students enrolled through the Aggie Direct program is limited. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration for admission. Aggie Direct applicants receive a high-priority designation, and the evaluation of their applications is expedited to allow for an alternate plan of action if an admission offer is not extended.  

What constitutes six semesters of course work requirement?

The “six semesters of course work” requirement ensures an applicant completes enough college-level course work to reasonably assess his or her likelihood of success in law school. Seventy-five percent of course work, approximately 90 semester credit hours for most bachelor’s degrees, should be complete at the submission of the application. The 90 semester credit hours may include transfer credit, high school dual degree credit, and AP/CLEP credit.

The School of Law reserves the right to request additional information to verify the accuracy of submitted materials or to assist in the evaluation of the applicant’s aptitude for legal study. 

How is the required GPA calculated?

Law school applicants have two reported GPAs. The first is referred to as the degree-granting institution GPA. In this case, the GPA consists of graded course work completed at Texas A&M University – College Station. The second is your cumulative undergraduate GPA (CUGPA) and is calculated by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The School of Law evaluates all applicants based on the CUGPA.   

The CUGPA includes any college-level course work taken before the conferral of your first bachelor’s degree. This includes graded course work from high school dual credit courses and course work transferred from other institutions. Additionally, if you have retaken a course or received a grade replacement, the original course grade and the replacement course grade will count in calculating your CUGPA.

The applicant’s CUGPA must meet or exceed the stated minimum requirement at the submission of the application. If the applicant has course work in progress, then any admission offer is conditional. The applicant must submit a final transcript reflecting the conferral of a bachelor’s degree, and the newly-calculated CUGPA must remain at or above the stated minimum requirement. Failure to maintain the required CUGPA will result in the revocation of the admission offer.

What if I have taken the LSAT or GRE? Am I still eligible for the Aggie Direct program?

No. Individuals with a reportable LSAT or GRE score are not eligible for Aggie Direct.

What if I take the LSAT or GRE after being admitted through the Aggie Direct program?

Aggie Direct applicants are required to disclose all LSAT and GRE scores. If an Aggie Direct applicant elects to take one of these examinations, he or she is no longer eligible for the program. Any prior offers of admission or scholarship are rescinded, and the applicant will be re-evaluated with the general applicant pool.

How will SAT and ACT scores be evaluated for purposes of the Aggie Direct Program?

The composite SAT or ACT score from a single test date will be considered. “Superscores” will not be accepted. Additionally, the test administration date must be within 5 years of the date of matriculation at the School of Law.  

My SAT or ACT score is below the 85th percentile. Can you make an exception or allow me to retake the examination?

The composite score must be at or above the 85th percentile for the administration of the exam taken. The ABA Standards do not permit an exception. Prospective Texas A&M Law students falling short of this requirement must seek admission by taking either the LSAT or GRE. It is not permissible to retake the SAT or ACT to qualify for the Aggie Direct program.