Crunch Time: Law Schools with April Deadlines


    It’s that time of the year: Time to put the finishing touches on personal statements. Time to fine-tune your résumé. Time to make sure your transcripts and letters of recommendation are in LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service, ready to go. Application deadlines are just around the corner.

    Which schools have deadlines in April?

    The following schools have deadlines in April:

    • Barry University - 4/1
    • California Western School of Law - 4/1
    • Campbell University (Wiggins) - 4/15
    • Case Western Reserve University - 4/2
    • Chapman University - 4/15
    • Drake University - 4/1
    • Duquesne University - 4/1
    • Florida A&M University - 4/1
    • Florida State University - 4/1
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center - 4/1
    • George Mason University - 4/1
    • Golden State University - 4/1
    • Gonzaga University - 4/15
    • Hofstra University - 4/12
    • Marquette University - 4/1
    • Michigan State University - 4/30
    • New York Law School - 4/1
    • Northern Kentucky University (Chase) - 4/1
    • Nova Southeastern University (Broad) - 4/1
    • Seton Hall University - 4/1
    • Southwestern Law School - 4/1
    • St. John's University - 4/1
    • Syracuse University - 4/1
    • Texas Southern University (Marshall) - 4/1
    • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - 4/1
    • University of Arkansas, Little Rock (Bowen) - 4/15
    • University of Detroit Mercy - 4/15
    • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - 4/1
    • Washburn University - 4/1
    • Yeshiva University (Cardozo) - 4/15

    Are your acceptance chances diminished for applying this late in the cycle?

    Possibly. More likely, though, it's your chances for large scholarships that are diminished, since the free money started to be doled out at some point in November or December, and you're pretty late to the party.

    When can you expect to hear back from these schools?

    Schools with deadlines in April (and later) are pretty good about getting back to your fairly quickly; they know that you have some serious decisions to make, and will do their best to help out. Still, though, don't expect to hear back in a week or two (although that sometimes happens). 4-6 weeks is the usual turnaround time, particularly considering this is the busiest time of the year for law school admissions offices.

    DISCLAIMER: As always, the best place to confirm these deadlines is on each school's website. Don't forget to double-check to make sure you've got the right dates on hand.
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