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When Can I Apply to Law School? Admission Decision Dates & FAQs

Published February 26, 2019

You know it’s going to take a while to prep your law school application. But when should you actually submit it? Is there a best time to apply to law school? Here are a few common deadlines & considerations to help you plan your law school application timeline!

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When can I apply to law school?

Most law schools accept applications on a rolling basis. That means you can really apply to law school at any time. However, there are recommended dates and deadlines you should be aware of to make sure you’re eligible for the following school year.

Law school application deadlines

Early decision applications are usually submitted the year before you intend to matriculate. Dates will vary by school. At UB School of Law, we expect applications to be submitted by November 15. We review applications and make decisions by December 15.

A priority deadline is a soft deadline for you to aspire to. Applications are still accepted past the deadline without any negative impact on your application or scholarship consideration.

For regular decision applications, our priority deadline is March 1 of the year you want to enroll in law school. However, we do accept applications beyond that date and you may sit for the LSAT or GRE as late as June 15. Please be in contact with our office if you plan to apply late in the admissions cycle. 

Be aware that applying after the recommended deadline MAY reduce your chances of acceptance or reduce the amount of scholarship you may be awarded. Make sure to check all of your prospective schools’ websites for their recommended deadlines, as they will vary by school.

Law school admission decision dates

If you apply early decision to UB School of Law, you’ll receive a decision by December 15.

Since regular decision applications are accepted on a rolling basis, there are no strict decision deadlines. If you apply regular decision, expect a response anywhere from 3-8 weeks of submitting your application.

When you apply, you will receive an online status checker link where you can see your most up-to-date application status. Feel free to contact your school if you have questions about your status. 

Can you apply to law school before you graduate?

Yes, you can! You can even begin filling out your application before you have taken either the LSAT or the GRE. Once you’ve taken the LSAT or GRE, you can apply to law school before you graduate your undergraduate studies are completed. Once you graduate, you will be required to update your transcripts on the LSAC site and send your final transcript to your school(s) of choice.

The LSAC provides instructions on updating your transcript here.

When is the best time to apply to law school?

We will always recommend applicants aim for early decision deadlines if possible. While the application process is stressful no matter when you apply, it gives you peace of mind that you’re on track and can take care of any potential issues with plenty of time to spare.

However, there is no objective “best” time to apply. As long as you submit your application by your schools’ recommended deadlines, your chances of being accepted should not be affected one way or the other.

Note: Not sure if a law school is still accepting applications? Give them a call! At UB School of Law we have a listed priority deadline of March 1, but we still accept applications on a rolling basis after that, even as late as July!

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