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Dean's Certifications

Postby lsat_180 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:57 am

What schools require them (I think Stanford is the only one I've seen...)/recommend them?

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby kalvano » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:45 pm


lsat_180
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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby lsat_180 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:57 pm

thanks for posting this, very very useful and wish i'd discovered it earlier.

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby GettingReady2010 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:18 pm

Ignorant question - What is a dean's certification? I have a couple schools on my list that require it.

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby Knock » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:19 pm

GettingReady2010 wrote:Ignorant question - What is a dean's certification? I have a couple schools on my list that require it.


I googled you're question, and found this on another LS discussion board:
There seems to be a lot of confusion about Dean's Certificates, so I'm going to create an FAQ thread. I will start, and others will post other helpful information and hints, since I can't do it alone. Anything not related to the topic at hand will be deleted to keep this as clear as possible. Thanks.
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What is it?

A Dean's Certificate is a form that some schools require in order to verify you are or were in good standing at your academic institution(s).

Which schools require it?

This is a pretty accurate list. Thanks for Jason240 for posting.

Boston University
Brooklyn
Campbell Law School
Cardozo (Required only if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
Columbia (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Connecticut
Cornell
Duke (If accepted, certification will be required prior to matriculation.)
Georgetown (only for transfer/visiting students)
Harvard (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Howard
University of Memphis
New York University (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend NYU, or if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
U Penn (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend U Penn.)
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
Stanford
Suffolk University
Wake Forest (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend Wake Forest.)
University of Washington

Can I send it through LSAC on the web?

No. You must print out each individual school's form, if they have any, and take it to the appropriate office at your school to have it sent.

What office is that?

It varies from school to school. Try the Dean's office of the division or college from which you are graduating.

Is it necesary for my application to be considered "complete."

In most cases, yes, but always check with the school.

Is it okay to send it before I send my application?

Again, always check with the school. Some for a fact say it is fine, but check to be sure.


Found this on UCLA's website:
Dean's Certification

A letter of clearance (Dean's Certification) is verification that you, as a UCLA student, have not violated any University policies or been subject to any disciplinary actions or proceedings. These letters are usually requested by schools, state bar associations, government agencies or independent agencies, when applying for admission or employment. Most of these institutions will provide you with a form for you to fill out and the Office of the Dean of Students to complete. We attach our letter of clearance to these forms. Dean Certifications can be ordered either In Person or By Mail.

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby GettingReady2010 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:24 pm

Knockglock wrote:
GettingReady2010 wrote:Ignorant question - What is a dean's certification? I have a couple schools on my list that require it.


I googled you're question, and found this on another LS discussion board:
There seems to be a lot of confusion about Dean's Certificates, so I'm going to create an FAQ thread. I will start, and others will post other helpful information and hints, since I can't do it alone. Anything not related to the topic at hand will be deleted to keep this as clear as possible. Thanks.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What is it?

A Dean's Certificate is a form that some schools require in order to verify you are or were in good standing at your academic institution(s).

Which schools require it?

This is a pretty accurate list. Thanks for Jason240 for posting.

Boston University
Brooklyn
Campbell Law School
Cardozo (Required only if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
Columbia (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Connecticut
Cornell
Duke (If accepted, certification will be required prior to matriculation.)
Georgetown (only for transfer/visiting students)
Harvard (from every school you have or will get a degree from, including graduate schools)
Howard
University of Memphis
New York University (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend NYU, or if the applicant has had academic or disciplinary sanctions.)
U Penn (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend U Penn.)
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
Stanford
Suffolk University
Wake Forest (Required after an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend Wake Forest.)
University of Washington

Can I send it through LSAC on the web?

No. You must print out each individual school's form, if they have any, and take it to the appropriate office at your school to have it sent.

What office is that?

It varies from school to school. Try the Dean's office of the division or college from which you are graduating.

Is it necesary for my application to be considered "complete."

In most cases, yes, but always check with the school.

Is it okay to send it before I send my application?

Again, always check with the school. Some for a fact say it is fine, but check to be sure.


Found this on UCLA's website:
Dean's Certification

A letter of clearance (Dean's Certification) is verification that you, as a UCLA student, have not violated any University policies or been subject to any disciplinary actions or proceedings. These letters are usually requested by schools, state bar associations, government agencies or independent agencies, when applying for admission or employment. Most of these institutions will provide you with a form for you to fill out and the Office of the Dean of Students to complete. We attach our letter of clearance to these forms. Dean Certifications can be ordered either In Person or By Mail.


Thank you, knock.

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby Knock » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:26 pm

GettingReady2010 wrote:Thank you, knock.


No problem, glad to be of help :).

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Re: Dean's Certifications

Postby WonkyPanda » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:45 pm

Someone (think it was Adjudicator) had mentioned that UW no longer requires a Dean certification, but I haven't verified that for myself. I'll probably give the office a call on tuesday and see what they say. In my opinion, it seems like a rather archaic piece of paper that harkens back to the days of snail-mail and the inability to communicate rapidly. Whatevs.




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