Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program

In the event an applicant is not offered admission through our traditional process, subject to certain criteria, the Admissions Committee and Dean may still consider the applicant for our Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program.

The Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program provides participants with the unique opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude for legal training by completing a condensed law school course taught by LMU LAW faculty members. Law schools have historically considered a student’s undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores as predominant factors in admissions decisions. The ATP Program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement traditional admissions criteria in assessing an applicant’s ability to withstand the rigorous demands of a legal education. There is no charge to participate.


The ATP Program is available to students who have applied for regular admission to either the full- or part-time program for Fall 2018. In order for an applicant’s file to be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Dean, the applicant must have submitted an application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report. Once received by the Office of Admissions, the Admissions Committee and the Dean will consider whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program.

Additionally, in order to be considered for the ATP Program, participants must have:

  • At least one score on the LSAT of 138 or higher within the last five years; and
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0.

If a prospective participant has yet to take the LSAT or does not have at least a 138 or higher on the LSAT within the last five years, he or she is still participate in the ATP Program provided he or she is registered to take the June 2018 LSAT and the Office of Admissions has received the prospective student’s application, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation by the deadline date. All items must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than Wednesday, June 13, 2018 so the Admissions Committee and the Dean can determine whether to extend an invitation to participate in the ATP Program. An invitation to participate is not guaranteed.

Notwithstanding the decision to admit a prospective participant to the ATP Program, if a participant fails to achieve at least a 138 on the June 2018 LSAT, he or she cannot take the final exam in the course. If a participant achieves a higher LSAT score on the June 2018 LSAT to merit reconsideration of his or her application, the Admissions Committee and the Dean reserve the right to make a regular offer of admission, thus negating the need to take the ATP Program’s final exam.

Summer 2018 Schedule

The ATP Program consists of seven class sessions and a final exam. Participants receive instruction in Foundations of Legal Analysis and a Survey of Civil Procedure.

Saturday, June 16th Class #1 9AM – 4PM

Tuesday, June 19th

Class #2 6PM – 9:15PM
Thursday, June 21st Class #3 6PM – 9:15PM
Saturday, June 23rd Class #4 9AM – 2PM
Tuesday, June 26th Class #5 6PM – 9:15PM
Thursday, June 28th Class #6 6PM – 9:15PM
Saturday, June 30th Class #7 & Final Exam Essay 9AM – 2:30PM
Saturday, July 7th Final Exam 9AM – 12PM

If an out-of-area participant requires accommodations for one or more nights during the ATP Program, we are happy to provide them. For details, please contact the Office of Admissions.

While certainly not encouraged, participants are permitted one absence during the ATP Program. All Saturday classes are mandatory.

Exam Scoring and Admission via the ATP Program

The final exam consists of a 100-question, multiple-choice exam, which will be graded on a 100-point scale. Participants who score 70 or higher on the multiple-choice exam will be strongly considered for admission to either the entering full-time class or part-time class, assuming all other requirements are met, including approval by the Admissions Committee and the Dean. Those participants scoring 60-69 on the multiple-choice exam also may be considered for admission, depending on their performance throughout the program, including their performance on an essay question that students will complete during the last class meeting. Regardless of the program to which a participant applied originally, it will be at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and the Dean to determine the cohort to which the participant will be offered admission, should an offer be extended. The Admissions Committee will consider recommendations from the faculty members teaching the ATP Program, as well as other members of the faculty or administration, where appropriate.

The Admissions Committee and the Dean must approve all offers of admission into the ATP Program and LMU LAW. Applicants who receive offers of admission to start in the fall must provide official transcripts from every undergraduate college and/or university attended to the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service or the Office of Admissions. At least one of the transcripts must indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Unless otherwise stipulated, successful ATP Program participants who are admitted and matriculate in August 2018 and are academically dismissed after one semester (for full-time students) or two semesters (for part-time students) will receive a full refund for any tuition paid.

Applicants are reminded that the ATP Program is a supplemental means of assessing suitability for legal education. LMU LAW cannot guarantee a fixed number or percentage of participants who will successfully complete the program and be offered admission. Moreover, all traditional methods of evaluating capacity for success, including LSAT and undergraduate grades, will be considered. The decision of the Admissions Committee and the Dean cannot be appealed.

Pursuant to ABA Standard 311(d), LMU Law does not grant course credit for participation in this program.

Learn More

For additional information about the Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 865.545.5303 or 865.545.5304.