Top 100 Law School LSAT Deadlines: Is March Too Late?

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    Top 100 LSAT Deadlines

    Every year we survey the top law schools to find out their admissions deadlines and the latest LSAT they will accept as a first and only test. Each year we see changes, but we were a little surprised by this year's results.

    It seems that the trend is moving up to a January LSAT deadline for many of the top schools.  While  a quarter of the schools still allow for a June or July test result, they admit that your application will not be reviewed until scores are in, and spots can be limited at that time.  

    Ready to see the deadlines for your schools? Keep reading! 

    A few notes about the categories we use:

    Rank: The rank for each school was drawn from the US News & World Report Best Law Schools 2019 rankings. Schools are listed in numerical order by rank.

    School Name: This one is obviousthis column identifies the name of the school! For this post, we decided to stick with the top 100.

    Application Deadline: The deadline is the date after which the school will not consider or review newly received applications. Having said that, a number schools mentioned that the number of unfilled spaces affected how they viewed their "deadline" dateif they still had spaces available in their classes, they might accept applications after the deadline. In these cases, the law schools uniformly stated that the chances of admission were lowered (though this was said to be unlikely, this certainly makes the deadline far less "hard"). 

    Latest Acceptable Test Date: For some schools, this is a "strongly recommended" test date, and we noted it as such. Schools that accept the June or July LSAT have been highlighted, and to clarify, these schools will accept this test as the first and only LSAT you've taken.

    Notes: To compile this list, we visited the schools' website and talked with the admissions office if the website didn't spell out the deadlines. In some cases, the admissions folks had additional thoughts or considerations about the deadline or use of the June or July LSAT, and we added those thoughts in this column. 

     Let's take a look at the list! 

    If you have any questions or comments, please post below. If you plan to apply to any of these schools, it's always a good idea to contact them directly to ask about their deadlines. 

    Rank Law School Name Application
    Deadline for
    Fall 2019 Start
    Latest Acceptable
    LSAT Date
    Notes
    1 Yale University 2/28/2019 January 2019  
    2 Stanford University 2/1/2019 November 2018 You may ask for an extension to take the January 2019 LSAT if there are extenuating circumstances.
    3 Harvard University 2/1/2019 January 2019  
    4 University of Chicago 3/1/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged Although the Law School will continue to accept 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.
    5 Columbia University 2/15/2019 January 2019  
    6 New York University 2/15/2019 January 2019  
    7 University of Pennsylvania 3/1/2019 January 2019 Applications due 3/1/19, must be complete by 3/15/19.
    8 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor 2/15/2019 November 2018 strongly encouraged Applicants who submit scores from the January 2019 test may hinder their chances of admission because their applications will not be evaluated until late in cycle.
    9 University of California--Berkeley 2/1/2019 January 2019  
    9 University of Virginia 3/4/2019 January 2019  
    11 Duke University 2/15/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged Will take March 2019 scores, but strongly prefer January results.
    11 Northwestern University (Pritzker) 2/15/2019 January 2019  
    13 Cornell University 2/1/2019 November 2018 They prefer November LSAT scores. January LSAT score will be considered "late" and admission will be on a space-available basis.
    14 Georgetown University N/A July 2019 Will accept applications until spots are full. Recommend submitting applications by March 1st deadline even if your LSAT score is still pending.
    15 University of Texas--Austin 3/1/2019 January 2019  They are firm on their app deadline and LSAT requirement of January (or earlier) test. 
    16 University of California--Los Angeles 2/1/2019 January 2019  
    17 Vanderbilt University 4/1/2019 March 2019  
    18 Washington University in St. Louis June 2019 July 2019 They are looking at the student as a whole, not just scores. LSAT or GRE exams are not a requirement for admission.
    19 University of Southern California (Gould) 4/1/2019 January 2019 Applicants who apply after February 1st are at an extreme disadvantage and the school will only pull from this category as a last resort. Application fees are waived for students who apply between Sept - Feb.
    20 University of Minnesota July 2019 June 2019 LSAT scores must be available upon application submission OR you should submit an addendum with the application to have it held until a score is available.
    21 University of California--Irvine 3/1/2019 June 2019  
    22 Boston University 4/1/2019 January 2019  
    22 Emory University N/A January 2019 If you submit an application after 3/1/2019, it will be reviewed on a space-available basis
    24 University of Notre Dame 3/15/2019 January 2019  
    24 George Washington University 3/1/2019 January 2019  
    26 Washington and Lee University 3/1/2019 January 2019 Applicants whose admissions files are not complete until after March 1 are not guaranteed a decision by March 31.
    27 Boston College 3/31/2019 January 2019 They will not review any application until it's complete (including LSAT scores).
    27 University of Wisconsin--Madison 4/1/2019 January 2019 Students are strongly encouraged to submit apps by November or December 2018. Admissions will not review applications until complete. Applicants may take March 30th exam but must receive approval from admissions dept first.
    27 University of Iowa 5/1/2019 January 2019  
    27 Arizona State University 3/1/2019 January 2019 Electronic applications accepted until 8/10/19, but they encourage everyone to apply before 3/1/2019.
    27 University of Alabama N/A June 2018 Must receive LSAT score prior to the start of fall semester.
    32 Indiana University—Bloomington (Maurer) N/A March 2019 Earlier applications have a better chance of being accepted. Have taken applications up to a week prior to start of classes, but it's VERY rare!
    32 Ohio State University (Moritz) N/A March 2019 May accept results from the June LSAT if extenuating circumstances prevent candidate from taking an earlier exam.
    32 University of Georgia 6/1/2019 June 2019 Strongly encourage students to take the LSAT earlier than June.
    32 University of Washington 3/15/2019 January 2019  
    32 Wake Forest University 3/1/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged Will accept March LSAT results as long as everything else in the app is submitted by 3/1, but that test is not recommended since it is late in the admissions cycle and spots will be limited.
    37 University of California--Davis 3/15/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged Will accept March LSAT results as long as everything else in the app is submitted by 3/15, but that test is not recommended since it is late in the admissions cycle and spots will be limited.
    37 William and Mary Law School 3/1/2019 January 2019 Will process applications received after March 1, but admissions odds may be significantly decreased.
    37 Fordham University 4/1/2019 January 2019
    strongly encouraged
    Will accept March LSAT results as long as everything else in the app is submitted by 4/1, but that test is not recommended since it is late in the admissions cycle and spots will be limited.
    37 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign N/A January 2019 strongly encouraged Will accept later scores if spots are available.
    41 University of Florida (Levin) N/A June 2019  
    41 Brigham Young University (Clark) 6/30/2019 June 2019 July scores could possibly be accepted if spots are available or under extenuating circumstances.
    41 University of Arizona (Rogers) July 2019 June 2019 Note: We were not able to get a confirmation on the latest acceptable LSAT date, but given their application deadline is July 19, we feel comfortable saying they likely will accept the June test, and possibly also July.
    41 George Mason University 4/1/2019 March 2019  They will accept the March LSAT score if application is otherwise complete by 4/1. 
    45 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill 5/1/2019 March 2019  
    46 University of Colorado--Boulder 4/1/2019 March 2019  
    47 Temple University (Beasley) 3/1/2019 March 2019 Candidates whose files are complete before January 15th will have a more favorable chance of admission assuming they are competitive within the applicant pool. Waiting on January or March 2019 LSAT scores may delay the evaluation process.
    47 Florida State University 6/30/2019 June 2019  
    49 University of Maryland (Carey) 8/1/2019 July 2019  
    50 University of Connecticut 4/30/2018 March 2019  
    50 Southern Methodist University N/A June 2019 June LSAT, though accepted, is very late. It is highly unlikely a spot will be open.
    50 Baylor University 3/1/2019 January 2019  
    50 University of Richmond 3/1/2019 June 2019  
    54 University of Utah (Quinney) 3/10/2019 January 2019 They recommend that students apply before 1/15/19.
    54 Tulane University 8/1/2019 June 2019 They recommend that students apply before 3/15/19.
    56 University of Houston 2/15/2019 January 2019 Any application received after the regular decision deadline (2/15/19) will be considered at the end of the process on a space-available basis.
    56 Yeshiva University (Cardozo) N/A March 2019  
    58 University of California (Hastings) 3/31/2019 January 2019  
    59 Seton Hall University N/A June 2019 They strongly recommend that student take the LSAT on or before March 19.
    59 University of Nevada—Las Vegas 3/15/2019 January 2019  
    59 Pennsylvania State University (Dickinson) 6/30/2019 June 2019  
    63 University of Oklahoma N/A July 2019 Will accept the July LSAT, but seats will start getting more limited following the March and June tests.
    63 University of Denver (Sturm) N/A July 2019 Students are advised to apply by Dec 15, 2018. They will accept the July test but strongly recommend the January test or earlier.
    65 Villanova University 4/1/2019 January 2019  
    65 Georgia State University 6/1/2018 June 2019  
    65 University of Cincinnati N/A June 2019 Will accept the June LSAT but strongly recommend students take the test by January.
    65 University of Kentucky N/A January 2019  
    65 University of Miami 7/31/2019 July 2019 Will accept the June LSAT but strongly recommend students take the test by January.
    65 Loyola Marymount University N/A January 2019 strongly encouraged Applicants who take the March exam are at a competitive disadvantage because their files will not be reviewed until scores are released in April.
    65 University of Tennessee--Knoxville no June 2019  
    65 University of Missouri no June 2019  
    65 Case Western Reserve University no March 2019 Recommend taking the LSAT by January, but will accept later tests as long as seats are available.
    74 Loyola University Chicago 6/1/2019 March 2019  
    74 University of Pittsburgh 4/1/2019 June 2019  
    74 Northeastern University N/A January 2019 March 1st is the priority deadline for first-year students. Applications received by March 1 are guaranteed a decision by April 15, while applications received after March 1 will be processed on a rolling basis.
    74 Pennsylvania State University—University Park 3/31/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged  
    74 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 7/19/2019 June 2019  
    80 Texas A&M University 5/31/2019 March 2019  
    80 University of Nebraska—Lincoln N/A June 2019 Recommend students apply by 3/1/19.
    80 American University (Washington) N/A March 2019  
    83 St. John's University 3/15/2019 January 2019  
    83 Brooklyn Law School N/A March 2019  
    85 University of New Hampshire School of Law N/A June 2019 They usually accept applications until July.
    85 University of Oregon N/A March 2019 Will accept March LSAT but recommend September 2018 test.
    85 Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent) N/A January 2019  
    88 Syracuse University July 2019 June 2019  
    88 University of Arkansas--Fayetteville 4/15/2018 January 2019 May accept March LSAT or later on a case-by-case basis.
    88 University of South Carolina N/A June 2019 They usually accept applications until July.
    88 Michigan State University 4/30/2019 January 2019 strongly encouraged They may accept the March LSAT, but recommend the January test.
    88 University of New Mexico 5/1/2019 June 2019 November 2018 LSAT is recommended, but they review on a rolling admissions basis and will continue to accept applications including for those taking the June LSAT.
    88 Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge (Hebert) 7/1/2019 June 2019  
    88 St. Louis University N/A March 2019 strongly encouraged May accept the June LSAT, but no guarantee.
    95 University of San Diego N/A June 2019  
    95 Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) N/A January 2019  
    95 Marquette University N/A June 2019 They will accept applications until late July (no specific deadline).
    98 Wayne State University N/A June 2019  
    98 Indiana University—Indianapolis (McKinney) N/A March 2019  
    98 Stetson University 5/15/2019 March 2019  
    101 University of Tulsa N/A March 2019  
    101 University of Hawaii—Manoa (Richardson) 7/1/2019 March 2019  
    101 Florida International University 7/1/2019 March 2019  
    101 University of Mississippi 3/15/2019 January 2019  
    101 Drexel University (Kline) N/A March 2019 Although they don't have a firm deadline, there is no guarantee apps will be reviewed after 4/15.