Checking Application Status
Thank you for applying to the University of Chicago Law School! We look forward to reviewing your application. Please monitor the status of your application through our Online Status Checker. The Admissions Office will send an email confirming we have received your application and will include your username and password for the Online Status Checker in this email.
A Note about Communications
The Admissions Office sends all correspondence to the email account listed on your application. As we state in the application, it is very important that you provide a personal email address with your application (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) instead of a university email address. Many university servers filter out our emails before they even make it to the spam folder. Please ensure you have entered your email address correctly. Every applicant should receive an email from the Admissions Office when we have received his or her application and when the application is complete. If you are not receiving these email communications from the Admissions Office, please check your spam filter and contact the Admissions Office, if necessary.
Updating your Application
The Admissions Committee strongly prefers you submit all information with your initial application. If you must send an electronic update for your application, send it to email@example.com, and it will be uploaded to your file in our electronic database, but it will not be displayed on your Online Status Checker. Please do not submit any updates or additional materials after your Online Status Checker indicates that your application is "Complete" unless:
- the Admissions Committee requests additional materials,
- your update pertains to the Character and Fitness sections of the application, or
- your update is necessary to ensure the information you have provided in your application remains truthful and complete.
A Note about Timing
We will begin reviewing completed applications in the fall and will continue until all applicants have received a decision. You may follow your application status by checking your "Status" portion of the Online Status Checker. Please remember that we read files in the order they are completed, which means we begin our review with files completed in September.
The amount of time required for the Admissions Office to process your application materials will vary. At the height of the admissions season (late November through the end of January), it can take up to 2-4 weeks to process your application materials and complete your application. Until your application is processed and marked complete, your status checker will show we have not received your CAS report, even if we have your CAS report. Once we process your application and mark it complete, we will update that we have received your CAS report. Please do not email about receipt of your CAS report unless your status checker indicates "Application Incomplete".
Please note, in order for LSAC to generate your Law School Report, you must have at least one LSAT writing sample on file (either from a previous paper examination or from the digital LSAT Writing). 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. This only applies to applicants submitting an LSAT score.
Once your application is complete and assigned to a member of the Admissions Committee, your status checker will indicate "Application Under Review" and from that point it may still take at least another 6-8 weeks to receive your decision. The Admissions Office releases decisions for Early Decision Applicants before January 1 and begins releasing decisions for Regular Decision Applicants after January 1.
Depending on the date you applied, your file may remain at "Complete" or "Application Under Review" for several weeks because we are considering the files of applicants who applied and completed their applications before yours.
Please note that it is your sole responsibility to monitor the status of your application and ensure that the Law School has received all required application materials. If items are missing from your application, your "Status" will state "Application Incomplete" and the "Requirements List" in your Online Status Checker will indicate which items from your file are missing. If you have questions about which items are missing, the Admissions phone line (773-702-9484) is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (CST) except on major holidays and for occasional closings. You are always welcome to email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future LSAT Registrations
If you have already taken the LSAT and are registered to take the LSAT again at a future date, your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until after we have received your future LSAT score. If you would like the Admissions Office to complete your file prior to receiving your future LSAT score, you must let us know by emailing us at email@example.com or calling us at (773) 702-9484. If you request to have your application completed before the future test score is released, it is possible that the Admissions Committee will consider your application and issue a decision before your LSAT score has been posted.
In an effort to make our decision notification procedures consistent with our paperless admissions process, we issue our decisions electronically via email. We believe this approach allows for the most efficient communication with our applicants (in an environmentally conscious manner). Admitted applicants will receive an email notifying them of their acceptance, followed by an official paper letter through regular mail. Applicants who are waitlisted or denied will be notified of those decisions by email only.
Each applicant's status and a record of the communications sent to them will be updated on the Online Status Checker after a decision has been issued. The Admissions Office sends all emails to the email address provided on your application. If you are not receiving emails from the Admissions Office, please make sure you submitted a personal (non-university) email address on your application and you have entered your email address correctly. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you need us to update your contact information.
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