FAQs

  1. When do you begin receiving applications for the coming Fall?

    We begin receiving applications on September 1.

  2. What are the application requirements?

    To be eligible for admission, Ave Maria requires the applicant to have a minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree prior to enrollment at the law school and to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

  3. To complete the application process, you will need to supply our office with:

    - Complete and submit your application online at www.lsac.org; you can also download an application form our website, www.avemarialaw.edu.
    - Register and sit for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)—online at www.lsac.org or from the Law School Admissions Council at (215) 968-1001
    - Subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
    - Two recent letters of recommendation
    - Personal statement of not more than three typewritten pages
    - Fee of $50 for paper applications

  4. Can the application fee be waived?

    Currently the application fee for the Fall 2012 Entering Class is waived if you apply online.

  5. Does Ave Maria School of Law have a rolling admissions process?  What does that mean?

    Ave Maria School of Law does admit on a rolling admissions basis.  This means that we review and admit applications as we receive them.

  6. When is the application deadline?  Are late applications considered?

    The application deadline is July 1.  We do accept late applications.  However, to receive full consideration for scholarship, applicants are advised to submit their application by April 1.

  7. Are there opportunities to tour the campus and meet with an Admission's Representative?

    The Office of Admissions is pleased to host campus tours to prospective students. Campus tours led by Student Ambassadors and members of the admissions staff typically last around 30 minutes.  Campus tours are offered by individual appointment. If there are questions after the tour, students can meet with the admissions staff for additional information regarding the admissions process.  Due to the volume of visitors and visit requests, we require an RSVP two business days in advance. For further information or to schedule a visit, please contact Carolyn Barrientes at cbarrientes@avemarialaw.edu or (239)-687-5420.

  1. Have you received all the components of my application: personal statement, certification, any addenda, LSDAS report, transcripts and letters of recommendation?  What is the status of my application?   Can I check the status of my application myself?
  2. We are always glad to check the status of your application to see if we have received all the necessary components of your application.  However, if you prefer to check this information for yourself, you may check the status of your application at any time by visiting the Applicant Status Online page and entering you’re your user name and password.

  3. My file is incomplete.  Why?
  4. You should have or should soon receive an email from the Office of Admissions explaining why your application is incomplete. You may also check your Applicant Status Online in order to see what items are missing from your checklist.  You are always welcome to call the Office of Admissions in order to find out which of your required documents are missing.

  5. How can I change my personal contact information?
  6. If you need to update you personal contact information, please call or email the Office of Admissions and one of the helpful members of the Admissions staff will be happy to update your address, email address or phone number.

  7. How can I submit additional addenda like a resume or a diversity statement?
  8. Additional addenda which you would like added to your file may always be submitted to our Office either by mail, email of fax.

  9. I have submitted my application but forgot to disclose past academic disciplinary action or criminal misconduct.  Can I amend my application?
  10. Yes.  Please submit a statement in writing (preferably by email) indicating the change in your response to the character and fitness questions, along with an addendum explaining the dates circumstances and outcomes surrounding the incident(s).

  11. When can I expect to receive a decision?
  12. Once your application becomes complete, you should expect to receive a decision letter within the next four to eight weeks.

  13. Is there a separate application process for scholarship assistance?  How do I know whether or not I have received a scholarship?
  14. There is no separate application process for scholarship assistance; scholarship offers - if available - are granted simultaneously with offers of admissions.  Your decision letter will give all the details regarding your scholarship, but are always welcome to contact the Office of Admissions should you have any questions or concerns.

  15. Are there opportunities to tour the campus and meet with an Admission’s Representative?
  16. The Office of Admissions is pleased to host campus tours to applicants of Ave Maria School of Law. Campus tours led by Student Ambassadors and members of the admissions staff typically last around 30 minutes.  Campus tours are offered by individual appointment. If there are questions after the tour, students can meet with the admissions staff for additional information regarding the admissions process.  Due to the volume of visitors and visit requests, we require an RSVP two business days in advance. For further information or to schedule a visit, please contact Carolyn Barrientes at cbarrientes@avemarialaw.edu or (239)-687-5420.

 

  1. What do I need to do to accept an offer of admission?  Is there a deposit if you are accepted?  How much is the seat deposit and when is it due?
  2. To secure a seat in the entering class, you must submit your enrollment intention form and non-refundable deposit in the amount of $500 by the deadline assigned in the admission letter.

  3. How can pay my Enrollment Deposit and send in my Enrollment Intention Form?
  4. In your admit packet, you will receive an Enrollment Intention Form.  This form may be sent via mail with either check or money order.  If you prefer to pay your deposit by credit or debit card you may, through the Admitted Candidates Website, submit your Online Enrollment Intention Form and Online Enrollment Deposit Payment Form.

  5. How do I apply for financial aid?
  6. Federal loan programs are available for eligible students.  You may apply for a federal student loan by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You should complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov on or after January 1st of the year that you expect to start law school.  The U.S. Department of Education then sends your FAFSA results to the law schools you have included on the FAFSA.  The law schools then are able to develop and process your award letters.  Should you have more detailed questions regarding federal loans, I encourage you to speak with our Director of Financial aid, Mr. Kevin McGowan at (239)687.5300 or contact him via email at finaid@avemarialaw.edu .

  7. What do I do once get my award letter for federal loans?
  8. Once you receive your reward letter, should you chose to accept that loan, you should sign a promissory note and complete your entrance counseling.  Should you have more detailed questions regarding federal loans, I encourage you to speak with our Director of Financial aid, Mr. Kevin McGowan at (239)687.5300 or contact him via email at finaid@avemarialaw.edu .

  9. Outside of scholarships offered by Ave Maria School of Law and federal aid, what else can I do to fund my legal education?
  10. The Office of Financial Aid helps qualified students finance their education through a variety of sources, including scholarships, federal loans and work-study programs. We are dedicated to providing financial information and the finest customer service possible by working with students to identify sources of financial support and developing realistic budgets to meet their educational and professional goals.  Many of these resources are available through the Admitted Applicants Portal or through the Office of Financial Aid Website.  Should you have more detailed questions regarding financing your legal education, I encourage you to speak with our Director of Financial aid, Mr. Kevin McGowan at (239)687.5300 or contact him via email at finaid@avemarialaw.edu .

  11. Is there on-campus housing available?
  12. On-campus housing is available for incoming students.  The Law School offers on-campus housing to both single students and those with families.  The campus offers two basic styles of housing, apartments and villas, with various floor plans:

    • One-bedroom apartments (located in two four-story apartment buildings)
    • Two-bedroom and two-bedroom with den apartments (located in two four-story apartment buildings)
    • Two and three-bedroom villas (2- and 3-bedroom duplex-style units)

     

    The Priority Application Deadline for incoming students is May 1st, though applications will be taken after that date as well.  To apply please submit your housing application which is available through the Admitted Candidates Portal and your $30 housing deposit to the Housing Office, Ave Maria School of Law, 1025 Commons Circle, Naples, FL 34119, Fax: (239)353.3173 or E-Mail: housing@avemarialaw.edu.   You may also choose to submit your housing deposit online.  For more information about On-Campus Housing, contact the Housing Office at (239)687.5300 or housing@avemarialaw.edu .

  13. Where do students live if they live off-campus?  Who can I contact if I want find housing in the Naples are?
  14. Through the Admitted Candidates Portal, the admissions office provides access to resources for admitted students seeking off-campus housing.   In addition to housing guides and brochures, we will also provide the contact information for our preferred realtors and relocation specialists.  Please contact the admissions office at info@avemarialaw.edu if you have any questions about off-campus housing.

  15. Do you offer student health care?
  16. Ave Maria School of Law does not provide health insurance, however we strongly recommend that all students have health insurance to ensure access to high quality and reliable health services.   Links to several suggested plans can be found on the Student Health Insurance page on the Admitted Applicant Portal.  

  1. Have you received my deposit, my enrollment intention form and my official transcripts from my degree granting institution?  How can I check the status of my application?

We are always glad to check to see if we have received all the necessary components to confirm your intended enrollment.  However, if you prefer to check this information for yourself, you may check the status of your application at any time by visiting the Applicant Status Online page  and entering your user name and password.