The law school application process is very straightforward, but it does require some planning.
- Our application deadline for summer admission is April 15.
- The deadline for fall admission is March 30.
- The deadline for spring is Nov. 30.
Late applications may be possible though, depending on space availability.
Process steps and timing
The following is a suggested step-by-step process to help you plan. You need not complete these steps in the order below, but doing so tends to offer a smooth path through the application process.
Note that this process typically begins the year before you plan on entering into law school. For example, someone planning to enter law school in the fall 2019 semester would ideally begin this process in the late summer or fall 2018. However, if you are committed to starting in the fall 2019 semester, it is possible to start the process in early 2019. Here are the steps you need to take:
- Establish an account at www.lsac.org (this is free).
- Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service ("CAS"; see www.lsac.org for current fees).
- Register to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
- Request letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and colleagues (use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service for this).
- Have every college or university you have ever attended send a transcript to CAS (click here for instructions on doing this).
- Check your LSAC account to ensure all letters of recommendation and transcripts have arrived at CAS and been processed.
- Take the LSAT.
- Receive your LSAT score. LSAC will email your LSAT score to you roughly 3-5 weeks after you take the test.
- Complete the admission application.
This step-by-step process is intended to give a very general outline of the application process. After reading this, we suggest reading through our detailed application requirements and detailed instructions for completing the admission application to get a more thorough understanding of what is required of you.
Note about qualifications for admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.