September 1—Application materials for the subsequent year become available on the LSAC web page.
October 15—The Graduate Studies Committee begins reviewing completed applications. The review of individual applications is just the first step in the process. The second step takes place in late January and early February, once most of the applications have been reviewed. At that point we look at the decisions as a group to see if we are putting together a diverse and interesting class taking into account such factors as nationality, career history, current occupation, educational background, academic interest, etc.
December 19—Priority application submission deadline. On or before this date candidates should have submitted their Basic Information Form electronically to the Law School and the following items to the LSAC LLMCAS: application for admission, personal statement, and resume. You may disregard the deadline of December 15 for Chicago stated on the LSAC webpage. Candidates may apply after December 19. They do not need to ask permission to do this. They should understand, however, that they assume the risk that most admission decisions will have been made by the time their applications have been completed and reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee. Candidates who do apply after December 19 should include with their personal statements an explanation about why they did not apply before the deadline.
January 15—Priority application completion deadline. Although most applicants will have completed their applications (application for admission, personal statement, resume, transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and letters of recommendation) by the December 19 deadline, candidates whose applications are completed between December 19 and January 15 will receive full application review before decisions are sent out on February 15. Applications completed after January 15 will be fully reviewed once they are complete, but those candidates should understand that, as a practical matter, the later we review a completed application, especially if it is substantially later, the less likely we will be able to offer admission. This timing varies from year to year, and it is impossible to predict ahead of time when we will have to stop offering admission to candidates.
February 15—By this date initial decisions—admit, deny, or waiting list—will be sent simultaneously by email to all applicants whose applications were complete by January 15. This decision date will vary from year to year depending on the application review, and applicants will be notified several days in advance as to when the decisions will be sent.
March 5—Admitted applicants who wish to apply for financial assistance from the Law School must submit their financial aid applications by this date.
March 15—Financial aid decisions will be sent out from the Law School on or before this date.
April 1—All admitted applicants must make their initial responses to our offers on or before this date.
May 15—All admitted applicants must make their final responses to our offers on or before this date.
June 15—All required visa documentation for students who plan to enroll in September must be submitted to the Law School on or before this date.