Graduate Admissions

Review and Decisions

We want you to know when and how you can expect to hear from us, and what happens after you’ve submitted the application and supporting materials. 

Important Emails 

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Here’s when to expect emails from us:

  • Starting in early October, we'll confirm receipt of your online application and provide you with access to Applicant Status Check
  • We’ll let you know when your application and required materials are forwarded to the review process.
  • We may be in touch before or after an initial review to request further information or clarification. Please respond promptly, if contacted.
  • We’ll let you know as soon as a decision is finalized on your application.

Our Review Process

We recognize the effort you put into your application, and the importance of this next step to your academic and career goals. Consequently, we commit ourselves to thorough consideration for all applicants in a holistic, comparative review process. We appreciate your patience with the time it takes for us to complete this review.

Our process is structured as an ongoing review and re-review of the vast majority of the applicant pool. Most candidates’ applications require significant comparison with the pool as a whole. For many candidates, the Committee is able to reach a decision only once there is a clear picture of the entire pool.

Also, know that we make decisions based on merit without regard to financial need. Our need-blind process ensures that the ability for someone to afford their studies is not considered when deciding to whom we will make offers. Learn more about our admission standards.

Decisions and Timing

As soon as a decision is finalized, we will inform you of:

  • admission to the program; 
  • denial of admission; or
  • the option to join a wait list. 

Decisions are not finalized in any particular order; they are released throughout the cycle. Choose your program for more information about timing: 

Full-time LLM Program

Decisions begin to be released in January and continue to be sent through June. Many foreign-trained lawyers hear by April, and typically all by May. Most applicants with a US JD receive decisions by May, latest early June.

If you applied to our scholarship programs, we’ll inform you of a decision after you’ve learned of your admission to the program and before we ask you to respond to our offer.

If your application or any required materials arrive late to LSAC, you may not receive a decision regarding admission or scholarships until all others have been finalized.

Part-time Programs

We will inform you of a decision as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before the start of the semester. Often times, it is well before then.

JSD Program

You’ll receive a decision no later than the end of April, if complete materials arrived on time.

Interviews may be required of some applicants in April. If necessary, you must be available for an interview shortly after being contacted. Interviews may be conducted at the Law School, via videoconference, or by telephone; the mode chosen will depend on the applicant’s circumstances and the needs of the Law School.