Law School Application Deadlines (2017-2018)

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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 2017.

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.

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.)

RankLaw SchoolApplication DeadlineCityState
1Yale University2/28/2017New HavenCT
2Harvard University2/1/2017CambridgeMA
2Stanford University2/1/2017StanfordCA
4Columbia University2/15/2017New YorkNY
4University of Chicago3/1/2017ChicagoIL
6New York University2/15/2017New YorkNY
7University of Pennsylvania3/1/2017PhiladelphiaPA
8University of Michigan—Ann Arbor2/15/2017Ann ArborMI
8University of California—Berkeley2/1/2017BerkeleyCA
8University of Virginia3/6/2017CharlottesvilleVA
11Duke University2/15/2017DurhamNC
12Northwestern University2/15/2017ChicagoIL
13Cornell University2/1/2017IthacaNY
14Georgetown University3/1/2017WashingtonDC
15University of Texas—Austin3/1/2017AustinTX
16Vanderbilt University4/1/2017NashvilleTN
17University of California—Los Angeles2/1/2017Los AngelesCA
18Washington University at St. Louis8/17/2017St. LouisMO
19University of Southern California (Gould)2/1/2017Los AngelesCA
20Boston University4/1/2017BostonMA
20University of Iowa5/1/2017Iowa CityIA
22Emory University3/1/2017AtlantaGA
22University of Notre Dame3/15/2017Notre DameIN
22University of Minnesota—Twin Cities7/15/2017MinneapolisMN
25Arizona State University (O’Connor)3/1/2017PhoenixAZ
25Indiana University—Bloomington (Maurer)8/10/2017BloomingtonIN
25George Washington University3/1/2017WashingtonDC
28University of Alabama8/1/2017TuscaloosaAL
28University of California — Irvine3/1/2017IrvineCA
30Boston College3/31/2017NewtonMA
30Ohio State University (Moritz)8/1/2017ColumbusOH
30University of California—Davis3/15/2017DavisCA
33University of Georgia6/1/2017AthensGA
33University of Washington3/15/2017SeattleWA
33University of Wisconsin—Madison4/1/2017MadisonWI
33College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)5/1/2017WilliamsburgVA
37Fordham University3/31/2017New YorkNY
38Brigham Young University (Clark)3/1/2017ProvoUT
38University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill8/1/2017Chapel HillNC
40University of Arizona (Rogers)7/1/2017TucsonAZ
40University of Colorado—Boulder3/15/2017BoulderCO
40University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign3/15/2017ChampaignIL
40Wake Forest University3/15/2017Winston-SalemNC
40Washington and Lee University7/3/2017LexingtonVA
45George Mason University6/15/2017ArlingtonVA
45Southern Methodist University (Dedman)2/15/2017DallasTX
45University of Utah (Quinney)2/15/2017Salt Lake CityUT
48University of Florida (Levin)7/15/2017GainesvilleFL
48University of Maryland (Carey)8/1/2017BaltimoreMD
50Temple University (Beasley)4/1/2017PhiladelphiaPA
50Florida State University7/15/2017TallahasseeFL
50Tulane University8/14/2017New OrleansLA
50University of California (Hastings)3/1/2017San FranciscoCA
50University of Houston2/15/2017HoustonTX
55Baylor University3/15/2017WacoTX
55University of Richmond (Williams)3/1/2017University of RichmondVA
57Case Western Reserve University4/1/2017ClevelandOH
57Georgia State University6/1/2017AtlantaGA
57University of Nebraska—Lincoln3/1/2017LincolnNE
60University of New Mexico3/1/2017AlbuquerqueNM
60University of Cincinnati3/15/2017CincinnatiOH
60University of Kentucky3/15/2017LexingtonKY
60University of Miami7/31/2017Coral GablesFL
60University of Oklahoma3/15/2017NormanOK
65Loyola Marymount University4/15/2017Los AngelesCA
65Pepperdine University2/1/2017MalibuCA
65Seton Hall University4/1/2017NewarkNJ
65University of Kansas4/1/2017LawrenceKS
65University of Connecticut4/1/2017HartfordCT
65University of Missouri3/15/2017ColumbiaMO
65University of Tennessee—Knoxville8/1/2017KnoxvilleTN
72Loyola University Chicago4/1/2017ChicagoIL
72University of Denver (Sturm)6/1/2017DenverCO
74Yeshiva University (Cardozo)8/10/2017New YorkNY
74St. John’s University4/1/2017QueensNY
74University of San Diego8/4/2017San DiegoCA
74Villanova University4/1/2017VillanovaPA
78American University (Washington)3/1/2017WashingtonDC
78University of Nevada—Las Vegas6/1/2017Las VegasNV
78University of Oregon7/15/2017EugeneOR
78University of Pittsburgh4/1/2017PittsburghPA
82LSU — Baton Rouge (Hebert)6/1/2017Baton RougeLA
82Northeastern University3/1/2017BostonMA
82St. Louis University5/1/2017St. LouisMO
82University of New Hampshire School of Law7/15/2017ConcordNH
86Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)3/15/2017ChicagoIL
86Syracuse University8/1/2017SyracuseNY
86Penn State Dickinson7/15/2017CarlislePA
86Pennsylvania State University3/31/2017University ParkPA
86University of Tulsa7/31/2017TulsaOK
86University of Arkansas—Little Rock (Bowen)3/15/2017Little RockAR
86University of Arkansas—Fayetteville4/15/2017FayettevilleAR
92Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern)3/15/2017PortlandOR
92Rutgers—Newark3/15/2017NewarkNJ
92University of Hawaii—Manoa (Richardson)7/1/2017HonoluluHI
92University of Louisville (Brandeis)4/15/2017LouisvilleKY
92University of South Carolina3/1/2017ColumbiaSC
97Brooklyn Law School8/28/2017BrooklynNY
97Wayne State University7/1/2017DetroitMI
97West Virginia University3/1/2017MorgantownWV
100Indiana University—Indianapolis (McKinney)8/1/2017IndianapolisIN
100Michigan State University4/30/2017East LansingMI
100SUNY Buffalo Law School3/1/2017BuffaloNY
103Florida International University7/31/2017MiamiFL
103Stetson University5/15/2017GulfportFL
103Catholic University of America7/1/2017WashingtonDC
106Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall)6/1/2017ClevelandOH
106Creighton University7/1/2017OmahaNE
106Howard University3/15/2017WashingtonDC
106University of Mississippi3/15/2017UniversityMS
106Washburn University4/1/2017TopekaKS
111DePaul University4/1/2017ChicagoIL
111Drake University4/1/2017Des MoinesIA
111Drexel University8/1/2017PhiladelphiaPA
111Duquesne University5/1/2017PittsburghPA
111Hofstra University (Deane)6/30/2017HempsteadNY
111New York Law School7/1/2017New YorkNY
111Seattle University3/1/2017SeattleWA
111Texas A&M University7/8/2017Fort WorthTX
111University of Baltimore8/1/2017BaltimoreMD
111University of Idaho7/31/2017MoscowID
111University of Maine7/31/2017PortlandME
111University of St. Thomas8/1/2017MinneapolisMN
123Marquette University4/1/17MilwaukeeWI
123Mercer University (George)3/15/2017MaconGA
123Texas Tech University3/1/2017LubbockTX
123University of Missouri—Kansas City4/1/2017Kansas CityMO
123University of Montana3/15/2017MissoulaMT
123University of Wyoming6/10/2017LaramieWY
129Albany Law School6/1/2017AlbanyNY
131CUNY6/15/2017Long Island CityNY
132Gonzaga University4/15/2017SpokaneWA
132Quinnipiac University8/1/2017HamdenCT
132Vermont Law School7/15/2017South RoyaltonVT
132Willamette University (Collins)4/1/2017SalemOR
136Chapman University (Fowler)4/15/2017OrangeCA
136Pace University8/24/2017White PlainsNY
136University of Akron6/30/2017AkronOH
140Loyola University New Orleans8/1/2017New OrleansLA
140Hamline University8/1/2017St. PaulMN
143University of South Dakota7/1/2017VermillionSD
144Campbell University5/7/2017RaleighNC
144University of the Pacific (McGeorge)4/1/2017SacramentoCA
144Oklahoma City University8/1/2017Oklahoma CityOK
144University of Toledo8/1/2017ToledoOH
144University of North Dakota7/15/2017Grand ForksND
NRAppalachian School of Law8/7/2017GrundyVA
NRArizona Summit Law School8/22/2017PhoenixAZ
NRAtlanta’s John Marshall Law School8/11/2017AtlantaGA
NRAve Maria School of Law8/15/2017NaplesFL
NRBarry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law8/4/2017OrlandoFL
NRBelmont University College of Law7/31/2017NashvilleTN
NRCalifornia Western School of Law4/3/2017San DiegoCA
NRCapital University Law School8/1/2017ColumbusOH
NRCharleston School of Law3/1/2017CharlestonSC
NRCharlotte School of Law7/31/2017CharlotteNC
NRConcordia University School of Law8/1/2017BoiseID
NRElon University School of Law8/7/2017GreensboroNC
NRFaulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law7/15/2017MontgomeryAL
NRFlorida A&M University College of Law5/31/2017OrlandoFL
NRFlorida Coastal School of Law8/26/2017JacksonvilleFL
NRGolden Gate University School of Law4/15/2017San FranciscoCA
NRIndiana Tech Law School8/15/2017Fort WayneIN
NRInter American University School of Law6/30/2017San JuanPR
NRLiberty University School of Law7/1/2017LynchburgVA
NRLincoln Memorial University–John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law7/15/2017KnoxvilleTN
NRMississippi College School of Law7/15/2017JacksonMS
NRNew England Law | Boston3/15/2017BostonMA
NRNorth Carolina Central University School of Law3/31/2017DurhamNC
NRNorthern Illinois University College of Law7/31/2017DeKalbIL
NRNorthern Kentucky University–Salmon P. Chase College of Law6/1/2017Highland HeightsKY
NRNova Southeastern University–Shepard Broad College of Law5/1/2017Fort LauderdaleFL
NRPontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law4/15/2017PoncePR
NRRegent University School of Law7/15/2017Virginia BeachVA
NRRoger Williams University School of Law4/1/2017BristolRI
NRSouthern University Law Center5/1/2017Baton RougeLA
NRTexas Southern University–Thurgood Marshall School of Law8/1/2017HoustonTX
NRThomas Jefferson School of Law8/1/2017San DiegoCA
NRTouro College–Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center8/13/2017Central IslipNY
NRUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law4/15/2017DetroitMI
NRUniversity of La Verne College of Law7/1/2017OntarioCA
NRUniversity of Massachusetts School of Law–Dartmouth6/30/2017North DartmouthMA
NRUniversity of Puerto Rico School of Law3/30/2017San JuanPR
NRUniversity of the District of Columbia–David A. Clarke School of Law7/15/2017WashingtonDC
NRValparaiso University Law School7/15/2017ValparaisoIN
NRWestern Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School9/3/2017LansingMI
NRWestern New England University School of Law8/1/2017SpringfieldMA
NRWestern State College of Law at Argosy University7/29/2017IrvineCA
NRWhittier Law School8/1/2017Costa MesaCA
NRWidener University Commonwealth Law School6/15/2017HarrisburgPA
NRWidener University Delaware Law School5/15/2017WilmingtonDE
NRSouth Texas College of Law3/15/2017HoustonTX
NROhio Northern University (Pettit)8/15/2017AdaOH
NRRutgers, Camden3/15/2017CamdenNJ
NRSamford University (Cumberland)6/1/2017BirminghamAL
NRSanta Clara University2/15/2017Santa ClaraCA
NRSouthern Illinois University Carbondale8/1/2017CarbondaleIL
NRSouthwestern Law School4/1/2017Los AngelesCA
NRSt. Mary’s University3/1/2017San AntonioTX
NRSuffolk University4/1/2017BostonMA
NRJohn Marshall Law School3/1/2017ChicagoIL
NRUniversity of Memphis (Humphreys)3/15/2017MemphisTN
NRUniversity of Dayton8/1/2017DaytonOH
NRUniversity of San Francisco2/1/2017San FranciscoCA

 

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  1. Hey there, I’m just wondering if you could shed some light on my specific situation–got a 164 last year and canceled my October score because I did not do well. Want to take it again in December and apply immediately after I get my score. Do you think I’ll have a decent shot at some of the lower t14? I’ve been out of school three years, working at nonprofits, including a year in AmeriCorps.

  2. It is also good to keep in mind that for some schools you need apply for whatever scholarship/program you’re interested in before the regular admission deadline. For example, for NYU’s Latino Rights Scholarship or their public interest scholarship the deadline is January 1, 2017 even though the regular application deadline is February.

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