J.D./Ph.D. Admissions

To be admitted to the J.D./Ph.D. degree track, student must be accepted by both the Neuroscience Training Program and the UW Law School simultaneously. The programs work together to review applicants and applicants must meet the application requirements for both programs. Requirements are outlined below.

Graduate School - Neuroscience Training Program Admission Requirements

The Graduate School's minimum requirements for admission, which apply to the Ph.D. degree can be found at: http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/requirements/.

Applications for fall admission must be completed no later than December 1st of the year preceding intended enrollment. The program does not offer spring or summer admission.  All application materials need to be submitted by that date to ensure consideration, this includes letters of recommendation, official GRE scores and transcripts.  Applications are reviewed in December and selected applicants are invited to campus for an interview weekend in January or February. Final admission decisions are made by the end of March and, in accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools (website) national deadline, applicants have until April 15 to respond to an offer of admission.

NTP Course Prerequisites:
The minimum course prerequisites are mathematics through calculus and a year each of chemistry, physics, and biology. Prior laboratory research experience, while not required, is strongly recommended.

Electronic Application
Applications must be submitted electronically. On the electronic application form, under intended major field of study choose Neuroscience. In the supplemental application you can indicate that you are applying to the Neuroscience & Law Program. Information describing the admissions requirements for the Neuroscience Training Program is available at: http://ntp.neuroscience.wisc.edu/admissions.htm. Please consult the UW-Madison Graduate School's web page for more information regarding electronic applications at: http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/.

Reasons for Graduate Study
The Neuroscience and Law Program prepares students for a variety of careers at the intersection of neuroscience research and law. Therefore, applicants must write a thoughtful statement that integrates their interest in pursuing both degrees and how they will connect the two fields of study. Successful applicants will prepare a statement of that demonstrates an understanding not only of research techniques and methods but also the importance and end goal of the research they are doing. Applicants also should explain in detail their interest in law, describing past experience, if any, in legal studies/law, why they wish to combine graduate training in law with training in neuroscience, and how they foresee integrating training in neuroscience with training in law in building a career.

Applicants who fail to address both programs and the integration of both into their degree path will not be considered for admission to the Neuroscience and Law Program.

Official Transcripts
Transcripts must be submitted in the online application from each institution that you have attended (undergraduate and graduate), even if no degree was received. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process but upon acceptance to the program, official paper transcripts will be required. Note: International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Do not send your transcripts to the Graduate School because we will not receive them by the Dec. 1st deadline.

If you have trouble uploading transcripts in the system due to file size or other concerns, please contact us at ntp@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are submitted online and should be from persons familiar with an applicant's academic and research abilities. Instructions for letters of recommendation are posted at: http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/. Track your application status on MyUW to see if letters of recommendation have been submitted. Send reminders, ask another person for a letter of recommendation, just make sure you have at least three letters submitted on your behalf by December1st!

Graduate Record Examination Scores
The GRE General Test is required http://www.ets.org/gre. The test should be taken in early fall at the latest (we recommend no later than end of September) so that scores will be available by December 1. In order to expedite the receipt of test scores directly to UW-Madison, the Educational Testing Service has established specific transmittal codes. On the GRE registration form, use code number R1846 for "Institution". If GRE scores are not received by December 1st your application will not be reviewed.

**According to ETS, if you take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test, your official scores will be available in your My GRE account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date. If you take the paper-delivered test, your official scores will be available in your My GRE account and sent to the institutions you designated within six weeks after your test date.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae
A resume or CV is required and must be submitted in the online application.


Law School Admission Requirements

An application for fall admission should be made directly to the Law School. The admission requirements are posted at http://www.law.wisc.edu/prospective/application_procedures.html. Complete applications should be submitted no later than December 1 of the year preceding intended enrollment. Applicants wishing to be considered for admission under the Law School’s Early Decision Program should file complete applications by November 15 of the year preceding intended enrollment.

Admissions Criteria
The criteria used by the Law School’s admissions committee in evaluating applicants are explained at http://www.law.wisc.edu/prospective/criteria.html.

Electronic Application
Applications to the Law School should be submitted electronically. Instructions are posted at
http://www.law.wisc.edu/prospective/admissions/reqform.html.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
All applicants are required to submit scores on a recently taken Law School Admission Test (LSAT) http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat, and must subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Applicants must take the LSAT no later than the February prior to the fall in which they seek admission, and no earlier than the October four years prior. Applicants should have an official report of their score sent to the Law School directly by LSAC, as part of the CAS report. Contact LSAC directly at 215-968-1001 or go to http://www.lsac.org to register online for the LSAT and subscribe to the CAS. Other Application Materials

Copies of the Statement of Purpose, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation should be included in the application submitted to the Law School.

International Applicants
Please write via email to npp@mailplus.wisc.edu to discuss your intention to apply to the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program before doing so.