How to Apply

Review NYLS’s Admissions team’s checklist to get started on your law school application today.

How to Apply

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Our Admissions team is eager to work with you every step of the way. Get started by reviewing our application checklist. Note that all candidates for J.D. admission must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent.

  • Create a Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) account. All applicants must register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service before starting their applications.
  • Prepare and register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Complete an NYLS application. There is no fee to apply.
  • Get ready to submit these documents with your application:
    • Personal statement (two pages maximum)
    • Résumé
    • Letter(s) of recommendation (minimum one, maximum three)
    • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended, including foreign institutions
    • Supporting documents if you answered affirmatively on the character and fitness portion in the application.

Once your application is submitted and received by NYLS, you will receive an email from our office confirming receipt and providing you with information on how to check the status of your application.

You are welcome to check the status of your application at any time. All decisions will be communicated through our online status checker. If you are admitted, we will send you a separate username and password to access our Admitted Student Portal.

Dates and Deadlines

Be careful and thorough in preparing your applications for admission, and plan ahead to make sure you will have all required materials before the dates below. These are deadlines for “priority consideration.” We will consider applications submitted after these dates on a space-available basis. We evaluate applications on a rolling basis.

Fall 2021

J.D. First Year Admission: June 30, 2021 (Priority deadline: March 15, 2021)

J.D. Transfer Admission: July 15, 2021

Visiting Student: July 15, 2021

Financial Aid: March 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Visiting Student: December 1, 2020

Financial Aid: December 1, 2020

Summer 2021

Visiting Student: April 15, 2021

Financial Aid (Continuing Students Only): March 1, 2021

LSAT Dates

  • Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Saturday, October 3, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021

Register for the LSAT online or at 215.968.1001. Be advised that there are registration deadlines for the LSAT, and a fee will be billed for late registration.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
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