Apply Regular Decision

The Law School will begin accepting Regular Decision applications on September 1. Applicants to the JD program must apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Flexible Application, which is fully accessible to the visually impaired. Applicants with disabilities in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9484 or email with their request.

Regular Decision Application

There is one application for applicants to the JD program. The Regular Decision application deadline is March 1. The Law School has a paperless admissions process and all materials must be submitted electronically; we will discard paper materials sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Please review the Application Instructions on LSAC's website before beginning your application. LSAC only sends the application to the Law School when they have received and processed all required materials. The Admissions Office will not review your application until it is complete. Your application is complete when we receive your application and all required materials.

For applicants submitting an LSAT score, you must have at least one LSAT writing sample on file (either from a previous paper examination or from the digital LSAT Writing) in order for LSAC to generate your CAS Law School Report. Please remember to complete the LSAT Writing test if you have not already done so. Your file will not be marked as complete until you have done so. 

The Admissions Office will notify you by email

  1. when we receive your application and
  2. when it is complete and ready for review.

Please make sure you provide your email address accurately to LSAC and adjust your spam filters to allow emails from LSAC’s server and from the University of Chicago.  Email is our primary method of communication with you.

Regular Decision Timing

The Admissions Committee reads files in chronological order by application completion date and will not begin evaluating your application until it is complete. We evaluate all completed Regular Decision applications and issue decisions on a rolling basis until all applications have received an initial decision. Because the Admissions Committee reads files in the order they are completed, it is in your best interest to apply early in the cycle, well in advance of the March 1 application deadline.

Although the Law School will continue to accept and evaluate applications after the March 1 deadline and applicants taking accepted standardized tests after March 1 may still apply, space will be limited at that time (though, on occasion, we have accepted outstanding applicants into the summer).

Make sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the admissions process and the various components of our application.