2020 Law School Application Deadlines

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Law school application deadlines vary significantly. Some of the best law schools in the country have deadlines in February, and Stanford and UCLA are the earliest with applications due on February 1st. More common are deadlines in March and April, and you'll find that quite a few law schools will accept applications into the summer. Be sure to plan your LSAT test dates so that you'll have scores in time for deadlines.

Keep in mind that some programs have separate deadlines for early decision applications and spring semester enrollment, some schools operate on quarter systems with different schedules, and Master of Laws (LLM) programs are typically different than JD programs. Transfer students and international students are also likely to have different deadlines.

You'll find that a majority of law schools don't, in fact, have definite application deadlines, but "priority" deadlines. A school may, for example, accept applications into the summer, but have a March 15 priority deadline. If you're applying to a law school with a priority deadline, you should aim to finish your application by that date. Once the priority date passes, chances of admission typically go down and often scholarships and aid will no longer be available. If the class fills with applicants who apply by the priority deadline, you'll be out of luck. In general, the earlier the better when applying to law school

When a school has rolling admissions, follow the same advice and apply early. Admissions will be open for only as long as seats are available, and you are also likely to find that you are more likely to get financial help if you apply early. That said, if you decide to apply to law school very late in the academic year, you will find many of the less selective schools still eagerly looking for qualified applicants.

The deadlines below are for Fall 2020 admission to JD programs, and the list includes all law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

2020 Law School Application Deadlines
Akron, University of March 31
Alabama, University of Rolling
Albany Law School of Union University Rolling (March 15 suggested)
American University March 1 (priority deadline)
Appalachian School of Law Rolling (August 1)
Arizona State University March 1
Arizona Summit Law School Rolling
Arizona, University of July 15
Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of Rolling (April 1 priority deadline)
Arkansas, Little Rock, University of April 1 (January 15 recommended)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School March 1 (priority deadline)
Ave Maria School of Law July 15
Baltimore, University of July 31
Barry University Rolling (May 1 priority deadline)
Baylor University March 16
Belmont University June 30
Boston College March 31
Boston University April 1
Brigham Young University June 30 (March 2 priority deadline)
Brooklyn Law School Rolling
California Western School of Law April 1
California-Berkeley, University of February 15
California-Davis, University of March 15
California-Hastings, University of April 15
California-Irvine, University of March 1
California-Los Angeles, University of February 1
Campbell University May 1
Capital University Rolling (May 1 recommended)
Cardozo School of Law Rolling (April 1 priority deadline)
Case Western Reserve University April 1
Catholic University of America July 1 (March 15 preferred deadline)
Chapman University Rolling (April 15 priority deadline)
Charleston School of Law Rolling (March 1 priority deadline)
Chicago, University of March 1
Chicago-Kent College of Law-Iit Rolling (March 15 suggested deadline)
Cincinnati, University of Rolling (March 15 priority deadline)
City University of New York May 15
Cleveland State University July 20
Colorado, University of April 1
Columbia University February 15
Concordia Law School August 1
Connecticut, University of June 1
Cornell University March 1
Creighton University March 31 (priority deadline)
Dayton, University of May 1 (preferred deadline)
Denver, University of Rolling (March 1 recommended)
DePaul University Rolling (April 1 suggested deadline)
Detroit Mercy, University of Rolling (May 1 priority deadline)
District of Columbia May 1 (March 15 priority deadline)
Drake University Rolling (April 1 priority deadline)
Drexel University April 15 (March 1 priority deadline)
Duke University February 15 (priority deadline)
Duquesne University Rolling (March 15 priority deadline)
Elon University July 15 (March 1 recommended)
Emory University March 1
Faulkner University July 15
Florida A&M University May 31
Florida Coastal School of Law Rolling
Florida International University Rolling until July 31
Florida State University July 31 (March 15 priority deadline)
Florida, University of March 15 (priority deadline)
Fordham University March 15
George Mason University Rolling
George Washington University March 1
Georgetown University March 1 (recommended deadline)
Georgia State University June 1 (March 15 priority deadline)
Georgia, University of June 1 (February 1 priority deadline)
Golden Gate University June 15 (April 15 priority deadline)
Gonzaga University April 15 (priority deadline)
Harvard University February 28 (February 3 priority deadline)
Hawaii, University of April 1 (February 1 priority deadline)
Hofstra University May 15
Houston, University of February 15
Howard University March 15
Idaho, University of July 1 (March 15 priority deadline)
Illinois, University of March 15 (preferred deadline)
Indiana University - Bloomington Rolling
Indiana University - Indianapolis May 15 (March 1 priority deadline)
Inter American University of Puerto Rico June 30
Iowa, University of May 1
John Marshall Law School Rolling
Kansas, University of April 1 (priority deadline)
Kentucky, University of April 25 (February 1 priority deadline)
Lewis And Clark College March 15 (priority deadline)
Liberty University August 1
Lincoln Memorial July 15
Louisiana State University July 1
Louisville, University of April 15
Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles February 1 (priority deadline)
Loyola University-Chicago June 1 (March 1 priority deadline)
Loyola University-New Orleans August 1 (March 1 priority deadline)
Maine, University of Rolling (February 1 priority deadline)
Marquette University Rolling (April 1 recommended)
Maryland, University of Rolling (April 1 recommended)
McGeorge School of Law April 1 (February 1 priority deadline)
Memphis, University of March 15 (priority deadline)
Mercer University Rolling
Miami, University of July 31 (February 1 recommended)
Michigan State University April 30 (March 1 priority deadline)
Michigan, University of February 15
Minnesota, University of June 1
Mississippi College July 10
Mississippi, University of March 15
Missouri, University of March 15
Missouri-Kansas City, University of Rolling (March 1 priority deadline)
Mitchell | Hamline July 15
Montana, University of Rolling (March 1 priority deadline)
Nebraska, University of March 1
New England Law | Boston March 15
New Hampshire University of March 15 (priority deadline)
New Mexico, University of March 1 (priority deadline)
New York Law School June 30 (March 15 priority deadline)
New York University February 15
North Carolina Central University April 30
North Carolina, University of March 1 (priority deadline)
North Dakota, University of July 15 (April 1 priority deadline)
Northeastern University March 1 (priority deadline)
Northern Illinois University April 1 (priority deadline)
Northern Kentucky University April 1 (priority deadline)
Northwestern University February 15
Notre Dame, University of March 15
Nova Southeastern University July 15 (March 15 priority deadline)
Ohio Northern University August 1
Ohio State University July 1 (March 31 preferred deadline)
Oklahoma City University July 31
Oklahoma, University of Rolling
Oregon, University of March 1 (priority deadline)
Pace University Rolling (June 1st priority deadline)
Pennsylvania State - Dickinson Law June 30
Pennsylvania State - Penn State Law March 31
Pennsylvania, University of March 1
Pepperdine University June 24
Pittsburgh, University of April 1
Pontifical Catholic University of P.R. June 30
Puerto Rico, University of March 30
Quinnipiac University Rolling (March 1 recommended)
Regent University Rolling
Richmond, University of March 1 (February 1 priority deadline)
Roger Williams University Rolling (April 1 priority deadline)
Rutgers University July 10 (March 15 priority deadline)
Saint Louis University Rolling
Samford University May 1
San Diego, University of March 1 (priority deadline)
San Francisco, University of Rolling (February 3 priority deadline)
Santa Clara University March 1 
Seattle University Rolling (March 1 priority deadline)
Seton Hall University April 1 (priority deadline)
South Carolina, University of Early summer (March 1 priority deadline)
South Dakota, University of July 1 (February 1 recommended)
South Texas College of Law Houston May 1 (March 15 priority deadline)
Southern California, University of April 1 (February 1 priority deadline)
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale April 1 (preferred deadline)
Southern Methodist University March 1
Southern University May 1
Southwestern Law School April 1
St. John's University March 16 (priority deadline)
St. Mary's University March 1 (priority deadine)
St. Thomas University (Florida) July 1 (March 1 encouraged)
St. Thomas, University of (Minnesota) August 1
Stanford University February 1
Stetson University May 15 (March 15 recommended)
Suffolk University April 1 (priority deadline)
Syracuse University July 15 (April 1 priority deadline)
Temple University March 1
Tennessee, University of Rolling
Texas A&M University May 1 (February 3 priority deadline)
Texas at Austin, University of March 1
Texas Southern University April 1 (preferred deadline)
Texas Tech University July 1 (March 1 priority deadline)
Thomas Jefferson School of Law July 15
Toledo, University of August 1 (April 15 priority deadline)
Touro College Rolling
Tulane University Rolling (March 1 recommended)
Tulsa, University of July 31
University of Buffalo-SUNY Rolling (March 1 recommended)
University of La Verne July 1
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth June 30
University of Nevada - Las Vegas March 15 (priority deadline)
UNT Dallas College of Law April 30
Utah, University of March 10 (January 15 recommended)
Valparaiso University No longer enrolling students
Vanderbilt University April 1
Vermont Law School July 15 (April 15 priority deadline)
Villanova University April 1
Virginia, University of March 3
Wake Forest University March 1
Washburn University April 1 (priority deadline)
Washington and Lee University March 1 (priority deadline)
Washington University June 1 (April 27 priority for July start)
Washington, University of March 15
Wayne State University June 20 (March 15 priority)
West Virginia University March 1
Western Michigan University Rolling
Western New England University Rolling (March 15 recommended)
Western State College of Law July 1
Whittier Law School No longer enrolling students
Widener University-Delaware August 1
Widener-Commonwealth Rolling (May 1 encouraged)
Willamette University Rolling
William and Mary Law School March 1
Wisconsin, University of April 1
Wyoming, University of April 30 (priority deadline)
Yale University February 15
Source: Individual Law School Websites