Below, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all regular law school application deadlines for students who will be starting their 1L year in Fall 2018.

While latecomers can use these deadlines to make sure their applications are timely, it is worth reminding everyone that, when it comes to law school admissions, earlier is generally better!

Higher ranked undergraduate schools tend to make decisions on all their applications in one giant batch. All law schools, by contrast, admit students via rolling admissions, which means that they start handing out acceptance letters early—almost right after they start receiving them—and batches of acceptances keep flowing out continuously after that.

More scholarship money may be available to earlier applicants, and those with less competitive numbers are more likely to be admitted earlier in the cycle, when schools are looking to fill seats by offering acceptance to students that are very likely to attend. You can find a longer discussion of rolling admission policies here.

One further note: schools have in recent years shown some willingness to bend their own rules and take students after their own deadlines have passed. When it happens, however, it is generally only for students with exceptional numbers (both LSAT & GPA above median). These same students would likely be better off applying early the following admissions cycle.


Law School Application Deadlines

Fall 2018 JD Regular Admissions Deadlines for Every ABA-Approved Law School
This table represents the application deadlines for regular admissions only. Schools may have other deadlines for special application types (e.g., early admissions, transfer students, international students, etc.)