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Law Schools Announce Admissions Criteria

Posted March. 26, 2008 03:03,   


Law schools in the Seoul metropolitan area, including Seoul National University (SNU), yesterday announced their screening process for law school applicants.

Schools will consider LEET (Legal Education Eligibility Test) scores and GPAs. Excluding SNU, most schools plan to recruit new students over several periods.

SNU will place more weight on the application package, and select some students based on the results of in-depth interviews. Specifically, the school will first choose 141 students out of a total enrollment of 150 during the regular admissions procedure. The school will screen out a pool of 210 applicants, weighing GPA on a scale of 100, LEET on a scale of 80 (essay scores excluded) and the application package on a scale of 120.

Then, it will pick out another pool of 140 for 71 waitlist slots. Those who pass the preliminaries have to undergo a thorough interview process, which will be based on the LEET essays of the applicants. The remaining nine students will be determined on special merit as part of the school’s affirmative action program.

On the other hand, Yonsei University will first determine a pool of applicants, which is five times greater than the actual enrollment, by giving 20 points to LEET scores, 10 points to LEET essay, 20 points to GPA, 20 points to the scores earned on an accredited English standardized test and 15 points to the application package.

Similarly, Kyung Hee University will narrow an applicant pool that is up to eight times more than the enrollment class by assigning 250 points to LEET scores (excluding essay), 150 points to GPA, 100 points to English and 50 to the application package. Then, it will screen out final applicants through an essay (200 points) and interview (250 points).

Sungkyunkwan University will select applicants from a pool that is three times greater than actual enrollment, by considering GPA (30%), LEET (30%), English (10%) and application package (15%). Then, it will further reduce their number through an in-depth interview.

Ewha Womans University plans to assign 70 percent of the full scores to LEET, GPA, foreign language proficiency and the study plan. Then, it will choose the applicants who make it to the final round based on the interview and essay results (30%). What really matters, however, is the LEET score.

Unlike other schools, Sogang University will reportedly use the LEET scores as some form of qualifier, which will not affect the final determination.

Chung-Ang University plans to weigh in LEET scores (60%) and GPA (40%) without considering the essay. Once the preliminary pool, which is five times greater than the enrollment, is determined, the school will further screen out eligible applicants through a preliminary composite score (50%), essay (30%), and in-depth interview (20%).

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies will first select a preliminary pool, three to five times larger than enrollment, based on LEET score (100 points), English (100 points) and GPA (100 points). Then, it will add these up with 100 points for the essay and an additional 100 points for the LEET essay during final determination.

Other schools such as Korea University, Hanyang University and Konkuk University are likely to announce their criteria later this month.

After an internal review, schools will submit their final version for admissions criteria to the Law School Admission Council, which in turn will officially release the criteria at around Apr. 4.