Admissions Timeline

The timeline below is intended to provide a general overview of the timing of the admissions cycle. Many of these dates are estimates and will vary from year to year.

Admitted students should consult their admitted student communications for specific dates.


Applicants may begin submitting their applications online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) electronic application process. All applicants to the JD program must apply electronically through LSAC.  We will not accept any paper application materials

*If you are applying to the JD/MBA program, please refer to this JD/MBA program website for information and instructions. 

December 1

Application deadline for the Early Decision Program and the Chicago Law Scholars Program. The application and all required application materials must be submitted by December 1.

Late December

Decisions released for Early Decision applicants and applicants to the Chicago Law Scholars Program. Please see the section on Decision Notification Procedures to learn more about how we notify applicants of their decisions.

January - March 

Decisions released on a rolling basis for Regular Decision applicants. We read applications in the order they are completed. An application is considered complete if we have received your application and all required application materials. Please see the section on Decision Notification Procedures to learn more about how we notify applicants of their decisions. 

We begin to release scholarship awards in early March. If you are admitted after February 1, we will send out scholarship information and financial aid packages approximately 3-4 weeks after admission.

Doctoroff Business Leadership Program admissions decisions will follow in an email separate from the admissions decisions emails in late February or early March. 


Information on admitted student events, financial aid, housing, and other matters will be available on the Admitted Students Website (we will provide the log in and password to admitted students at the time of admission).


Please check the Financial Aid section of our website for important dates related to student loans and scholarships.

March 1

Application deadline for Regular Decision applicants.

Early or Mid-April

Admitted Students Programming


Deadline for submitting a seat deposit. The specific date will vary from year to year. The Admissions Office will notify admitted students of their deadline in their admission email.

May - September

On-boarding communications for the incoming JD students.


Deadline for the FAFSA for priority financial aid processing (check the website for the specific dates each year).  


Autumn Quarter tuition bills become available.


Incoming JD Student Orientation.

Deadline for payment of Autumn Quarter tuition bills. 

Late September/Early October

Law School classes begin.