Deferral Policy

One-year deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. Deferrals are typically granted to students with compelling reasons for postponing enrollment, or for students pursuing one of the School of Law’s dual degree programs.

  • Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admissions by June 1. (Students admitted after June 1 will not be considered for deferrals.)
  • There is no guarantee that your deferral request will be approved. Applicants whose requests are denied must reapply for admission.
  • Federal financial aid commitments cannot be deferred to a subsequent year, since awards of need-based assistance will require an updated needs analysis.  Should you be granted a one-year deferral, merit scholarship awards may be deferred on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students approved for a one-year deferral are required to sign a Deferral Agreement, agreeing to:
    • submit a tuition deposit by the deadline noted in your original admission letter
    • withdraw any pending applications or commitments to other law schools
    • not seek admission to other law programs during the one-year deferral period
    • reconfirm your intention to enroll (via the School of Law’s Deferral Update Form) in January of the following year