New York-area law schools and application deadlines

(Last updated September 5, 2014)
 
Note that applying under the Early Decision option commits you to attending that school, should it admit you. Students who apply under Early Decision will be admitted, deferred, or denied. If you are deferred, then you are no longer bound to your commitment, and you may apply to other schools. Early Action, in contrast, is non-binding.

If you apply for Early Decision, schools will expect you to submit complete applications, including LSAT results. Schools will note that Early Decision applicants have a special interest in them, but they will evaluate you according to the same criteria that are used to assess students applying under the standard admissions program.

Schools that have rolling admissions review applications in the order in which they are submitted.

New York

School Early Decision Deadline Regular Application Deadline for Admission in September
Brooklyn Law School December 1 Rolling admissions beginning in October. Applicants filing after February 1 might still be admitted, but the competition will be tougher.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law N/A Rolling admissions beginning in early September and continuing throughout the year. Students may seek to be admitted in September, January, or May. 
Columbia Law School November 15
Rolling admissions beginning September 1 and ending February 27.
CUNY School of Law at Queens College N/A Rolling admissions beginning October 1 and ending June 15.
Fordham University School of Law Early Action: Students who apply by October 15 will receive a decision by December 15.
Rolling admissions beginning September 15 and ending March 15.
Hofstra University School of Law Early Action: Students who apply by November 15 will receive a decision by December 15. Rolling admissions beginning October 1 and ending April 15. Hofstra guarantees full consideration for applications submitted before April 15. It will notify candidates within 6 to 8 weeks of completion (not submission) of the application.
New York Law School N/A July 1. 
New York University School of Law November 15. Applicants will receive a decision by late December. February 15. It will notify candidates by late April.
Pace University School of Law N/A For admission to January Accelerated Program, November 15. For regular admission, rolling admissions begin January 1 and ending June 1.
St. John's University School of Law N/A April 1. Will accept applications after that date, but they will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Touro College Law Center N/A Rolling admissions beginning September 1 and ending May 1. Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.



New Jersey


School Early Decision Deadline Regular Application Deadline for Admission in September
Rutgers University School of Law at Camden N/A Rolling admissions beginning in  December and ending August 1. Priority consideration will be given to all applications received before April 1.
Rutgers University School of Law at Newark N/A Priority consideration for applications received by March 15. 
Seton Hall University School of Law N/A Priority consideration for applications received by April 1.

 

Connecticut


School Early Decision Deadline Regular Application Deadline for Admission in September
University of Connecticut School of Law N/A July 15. Rolling admissions.
Quinnipiac University School of Law N/A Rolling admissions. Priority application deadline March 1.
Yale University Law School N/A
Rolling admissions beginning October 1 and ending February 28. Applying earlier in the admissions cycle, according to the school, does not improve your likelihood of admission.