Law School App Deadlines

The Fall 2019 Law School Application cycle is in full swing!

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

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 2019.

Fall 2019 JD Regular Admissions Deadlines for Every ABA-Approved Law School

The table below represents the application deadlines for regular JD admissions only.

Most students apply via regular admission, but be sure to check with each school if you are planning on applying for early admissions. Some schools may have other deadlines for special application types (e.g., early admissions, transfer students, international students, etc.).

RankLaw SchoolApp DeadlineStateCity
1Yale University2/28/2019CTNew Haven
2Stanford University2/1/19CAStanford
3Harvard University2/1/19MACambridge
4University of Chicago3/1/19ILChicago
5Columbia University2/15/19NYNew York
6New York University2/15/19NYNew York
7University of Pennsylvania3/1/19PAPhiladelphia
8University of Michigan—Ann Arbor2/15/19MIAnn Arbor
9University of California—Berkeley2/1/19CABerkeley
9University of Virginia3/4/19VACharlottesville
11Duke University2/15/19NCDurham
11Northwestern University2/15/19ILChicago
13Cornell University2/1/19NYIthaca
14Georgetown University3/1/19DCWashington
15University of Texas—Austin3/1/19TXAustin
16University of California—Los Angeles2/1/19CALos Angeles
17Vanderbilt University4/1/19TNNashville
18Washington University at St. Louis8/16/19MOSt. Louis
19University of Southern California (Gould)4/1/19CALos Angeles
20University of Minnesota—Twin Cities7/15/19MNMinneapolis
21University of California — Irvine3/1/19CAIrvine
22Boston University4/1/19MABoston
22Emory University3/1/19GAAtlanta
24George Washington University3/1/19DCWashington
24University of Notre Dame3/15/19INNotre Dame
26Washington and Lee University3/1/19VALexington
27Arizona State University (O’Connor)3/1/19AZPhoenix
27Boston College3/31/19MANewton
27University of Alabama8/1/19ALTuscaloosa
27University of Iowa5/1/19IAIowa City
27University of Wisconsin—Madison4/1/19WIMadison
32Indiana University—Bloomington (Maurer)7/15/19INBloomington
32Ohio State University (Moritz)8/1/19OHColumbus
32University of Georgia6/1/19GAAthens
32University of Washington3/15/19WASeattle
32Wake Forest University3/1/19NCWinston-Salem
37William and Mary3/1/19VAWilliamsburg
37Fordham University3/31/19NYNew York
37University of California—Davis3/15/19CADavis
37University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign3/15/19ILChampaign
41Brigham Young University (Clark)6/30/19UTProvo
41George Mason University4/30/19VAArlington
41University of Arizona (Rogers)7/15/19AZTucson
41University of Florida (Levin)7/31/19FLGainesville
45University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill5/1/19NCChapel Hill
46University of Colorado—Boulder4/1/19COBoulder
47Florida State University7/31/19FLTallahassee
47Temple University (Beasley)3/1/19PAPhiladelphia
49University of Maryland (Carey)4/1/19MDBaltimore
50Baylor University3/1/19TXWaco
50Southern Methodist University (Dedman)2/15/19TXDallas
50University of Connecticut4/30/19CTHartford
50University of Richmond (Williams)3/1/19VAUniversity of Richmond
54Tulane University8/1/19LANew Orleans
54University of Utah (Quinney)3/10/19UTSalt Lake City
56University of Houston2/15/19TXHouston
56Yeshiva University (Cardozo)4/1/19NYNew York
58University of California (Hastings)3/31/19CASan Francisco
59Penn State Dickinson6/30/19PACarlisle
59Pepperdine University2/15/19CAMalibu
59Seton Hall University4/1/19NJNewark
59University of Nevada—Las Vegas3/15/19NVLas Vegas
63University of Denver (Sturm)6/1/19CODenver
63University of Oklahoma3/15/19OKNorman
65Case Western Reserve University4/1/19OHCleveland
65Georgia State University6/1/19GAAtlanta
65Loyola Marymount University4/15/19CALos Angeles
65University of Cincinnati3/15/19OHCincinnati
65University of Kentucky3/31/19KYLexington
65University of Miami7/31/19FLCoral Gables
65University of Missouri3/15/19MOColumbia
65University of Tennessee—Knoxville8/15/19TNKnoxville
65Villanova University4/1/19PAVillanova
74Loyola University Chicago7/1/19ILChicago
74Northeastern University3/1/19MABoston
74Pennsylvania State University Park3/31/19PAUniversity Park
74University of Kansas8/6/19KSLawrence
74University of Pittsburgh4/1/19PAPittsburgh
80American University (Washington)3/1/19DCWashington
80Texas A&M University5/31/19TXFort Worth
80University of Nebraska—Lincoln3/1/19NELincoln
83Brooklyn Law School5/15/19NYBrooklyn
83St. John’s University3/15/19NYQueens
85Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)3/15/19ILChicago
85University of New Hampshire3/15/19NHConcord
85University of Oregon3/1/19OREugene
88LSU — Baton Rouge (Hebert)7/1/19LABaton Rouge
88Michigan State University4/30/19MIEast Lansing
88St. Louis University5/1/19MOSt. Louis
88Syracuse University7/15/19NYSyracuse
88University of Arkansas—Fayetteville4/15/19ARFayetteville
88University of New Mexico3/1/19NMAlbuquerque
88University of South Carolina3/1/19SCColumbia
95Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern)3/15/19ORPortland
95Marquette University3/15/19WIMilwaukee
95University of San Diego8/1/19CASan Diego
98Indiana University—Indianapolis (McKinney)7/1/19INIndianapolis
98Stetson University5/15/19FLGulfport
98Wayne State University7/1/19MIDetroit
101Drexel University8/1/19PAPhiladelphia
101Florida International University7/1/19FLMiami
101University of Hawaii—Manoa (Richardson)7/1/19HIHonolulu
101University of Mississippi3/1/19MSUniversity
101University of Tulsa7/31/19OKTulsa
106Albany Law School8/1/19NYAlbany
106SUNY Buffalo Law School3/1/19NYBuffalo
106University of Maine8/15/19MEPortland
106West Virginia University3/1/19WVMorgantown
110Catholic University of America6/30/19DCWashington
110Hofstra University (Deane)4/15/19NYHempstead
110New York Law School7/1/19NYNew York
113Cleveland State University5/1/19OHCleveland
113Gonzaga University4/15/19WASpokane
113Santa Clara University3/1/19CASanta Clara
113Texas Tech University3/1/19TXLubbock
113University of Louisville (Brandeis)4/15/19KYLouisville
113University of St. Thomas8/1/19MNMinneapolis
119Duquesne University3/31/19PAPittsburgh
119University of Baltimore8/1/19MDBaltimore
119University of Idaho3/15/19IDMoscow
119University of Missouri—Kansas City3/1/19MOKansas City
119University of Montana3/1/19MTMissoula
119Washburn University8/1/19KSTopeka
125Creighton University7/1/19NEOmaha
125CUNY5/15/19NYLong Island City
125Pace University6/1/19NYWhite Plains
128DePaul University4/1/19ILChicago
128Howard University3/15/19DCWashington
128Mercer University (George)3/15/19GAMacon
128Seattle University7/13/19WASeattle
128University of South Dakota7/1/19SDVermillion
133Drake University4/1/19IADes Moines
133Quinnipiac University8/1/19CTHamden
133University of Wyoming6/10/19WYLaramie
133Vermont Law School4/15/19VTSouth Royalton
137University of Memphis (Humphreys)3/15/19TNMemphis
137University of Toledo8/1/19OHToledo
139Belmont University College of Law7/15/19TNNashville
139Chapman University (Fowler)4/15/19CAOrange
141University of Arkansas—Little Rock (Bowen)4/1/19ARLittle Rock
141University of Dayton8/1/19OHDayton
143Widener University Commonwealth5/1/19PAHarrisburg
144Northern Illinois University College of Law4/1/19ILDeKalb
144Suffolk University4/1/19MABoston
144University of Akron3/31/19OHAkron
NRAppalachian School of Law8/1/19VAGrundy
NRAtlanta’s John Marshall Law School8/9/19GAAtlanta
NRAve Maria School of Law7/15/19FLNaples
NRBarry University5/1/19FLOrlando
NRCalifornia Western School of Law4/1/19CASan Diego
NRCampbell University5/1/19NCRaleigh
NRCapital University Law School5/1/19OHColumbus
NRCharleston School of Law3/1/19SCCharleston
NRConcordia University School of Law8/1/19IDBoise
NRElon University School of Law7/31/19NCGreensboro
NRFaulkner University7/15/19ALMontgomery
NRFlorida A&M University College of Law5/31/19FLOrlando
NRFlorida Coastal School of Law8/26/19FLJacksonville
NRGolden Gate University School of Law4/15/19CASan Francisco
NRInter American University School of Law5/30/19PRSan Juan
NRJohn Marshall Law School4/1/19ILChicago
NRLiberty University School of Law7/15/19VALynchburg
NRLincoln Memorial University7/15/19TNKnoxville
NRLoyola University New Orleans8/1/19LANew Orleans
NRMississippi College School of Law7/1/19MSJackson
NRMitchell Hamline8/1/19MNSt. Paul
NRNew England Law— Boston3/15/19MABoston
NRNorth Carolina Central University School of Law4/30/19NCDurham
NRNorthern Kentucky University7/31/19KYHighland Heights
NRNova Southeastern University–Shepard Broad College of Law7/15/19FLFort Lauderdale
NROhio Northern University (Pettit)8/1/19OHAda
NROklahoma City University8/1/19OKOklahoma City
NRPontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law6/30/19PRPonce
NRRegent University School of Law7/31/19VAVirginia Beach
NRRoger Williams University School of Law4/1/19RIBristol
NRSamford University (Cumberland)6/1/19ALBirmingham
NRSouth Texas College of Law3/15/19TXHouston
NRSouthern Illinois University Carbondale4/1/19ILCarbondale
NRSouthern University Law Center5/1/19LABaton Rouge
NRSouthwestern Law School4/1/19CALos Angeles
NRSt. Mary’s University3/1/19TXSan Antonio
NRTexas Southern University–Thurgood Marshall7/15/19TXHouston
NRThomas Jefferson School of Law7/15/19CASan Diego
NRTouro College–Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center8/7/19NYCentral Islip
NRUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law7/1/19MIDetroit
NRUniversity of La Verne College of Law7/1/19CAOntario
NRUniversity of Massachusetts–Dartmouth6/30/19MANorth Dartmouth
NRUniversity of North Dakota7/15/19NDGrand Forks
NRUniversity of Puerto Rico3/30/19PRSan Juan
NRUniversity of San Francisco2/1/19CASan Francisco
NRUniversity of the District of Columbia7/1/19DCWashington
NRUniversity of the Pacific (McGeorge)4/1/19CASacramento
NRValparaiso University Law School6/1/19INValparaiso
NRWestern Michigan University (Cooley)9/7/19MILansing
NRWestern New England University3/15/19MASpringfield
NRWestern State College of Law at Argosy7/1/19CAIrvine
NRWidener University Delaware5/15/19DEWilmington
NRWillamette University (Collins)8/15/19ORSalem

When Should I Apply To Law School?

The table above lists law school application deadlines for all ABA-approved law schools. These deadlines represent the absolute last date that you can submit your apps, but waiting to the last minute isn’t a good idea.

Law schools start accepting apps in early September

Law schools began accepting applications for fall 2019 admission as early as September 1st, 2018… and as of today (December 21, 2019), nearly 24,000 applicants have already submitted applications.

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And more people are applying to law school this year

It is still pretty early in the cycle, but year-over-year applicant volume is currently up 16% over last year at this point in the cycle, which would be a pretty significant jump if that trend continues. It’s worth keeping that in mind as well, because when law schools have a larger pool of applicants to choose from, they are able to be more selective.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply to law school

Many undergraduate schools (particularly higher-ranked schools) tend to make decisions on all their applications in one giant batch. So when you were applying to get into undergrad, the timing of your application probably wasn’t a factor.

Law Schools Use a Rolling Admissions Process

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 throughout the entire cycle.

Which means seats & scholarships are already being given to other students

Every seat that fills up in the meantime is one less seat for you. 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.

REMEMBER: Apply to law school early & often in order to maximize your opportunities!

Waiting until the last minute to apply & not applying to many schools are two of the biggest mistakes that I tend to see students make during the law school application process.

The law school application deadlines above are important to be aware of, but you should aim to have your applications submitted well before those deadlines approach.

One final note for anyone who happens to read this after missing a deadline: in recent years some law schools have been willing to bend their own rules and take students after their own deadlines have passed… so before you give up on X Law School, it may be worth reaching out to the admissions department to see if they’d be willing to make an exception for you.

Keep in mind, however, that as the applicant pool continues to expand as application volume increases, law schools are less likely to have seats left over for stragglers. It is also worth noting that this courtesy is generally only extended to students with exceptional numbers (both LSAT & GPA above median). These same students may be better off waiting a year and applying early the following cycle.

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