Applying to ACHLS
To be considered for admission to the ACHLS, a student must complete the following:
1. Application for Admission.
An application for admission should be completed, signed, and submitted to the Admissions Department. The application should be filled out in full; it includes prior higher education, work history, and community involvement. Application packets can be found on the web at www.achls.org.
2. Personal Statement.
Each applicant must submit a personal statement along with the application. In addition to other pertinent information, the statement should tell why the applicant wishes to pursue a degree in history and law. Click here to see an example of a personal statement.
3. Letters of Recommendation.
Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Admissions Department.
4. Official Transcripts.
Transcripts from all community colleges and four year undergraduate colleges must be submitted.
5. Application Fee
A nonrefundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order payable to ACHLS) must accompany the application.
6. Personal Interview.
Each applicant will have a personal interview with an Admissions Officer. The interview will relate to the reasons why the applicant might wish to study history and law, the candidate's seriousness and diligence, points that may not have been explained sufficiently on the application form, and any other matters that will assist the Admissions Office in reviewing the student's application.
7. Writing Test
The ACHLS does not use or rely on standardized, multiple choice admissions tests like the SAT or the ACT. Rather, it gives each applicant its own writing test, taken on the same day that the applicant is interviewed. The test is designed to assess reasoning skills and writing ability. It is drawn up by and applicants' answers are assessed by members of the ACHLS faculty. To view a sample of an ACHLS writing test used in recent years, click here.