Ethical conduct and good judgment are essential to the legal profession. Many law schools require that applicants provide a Dean Certification of their undergraduate or graduate standing (academic standing, academic code, disciplinary code standing).
Dean Certifications are forms that some institutions or admission committees send to applicants during the application process, requesting completion and/or explanation of any institutional action from an appropriate official at Brown. When you receive a Dean Certification form, complete the applicant portion and email it to [email protected] along with any relevant details and contact information for the school where we should send the completed form. Please allow ten business days for the processing and submission of the completed forms. We cannot expedite the process.
Law school applicants are required to report and explain any infractions against their college’s or university’s institutional codes. This includes infractions of the Academic Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct at any level higher than Reprimand, as well as academic standing notation of Suspension or Dismissal. Semesters with the academic standing of Academic Warning or Serious Warning do not appear on official Brown transcripts and do not need to be reported as institutional actions.
If you believe you were the subject of any institutional action during your time at Brown, we encourage you to check your record and consult with a Pre-Law Advisor before applying to law school. You will find more information about institutional action in our Law School Applicant Guide.