​JD Application Checklist and Deadlines

In order to apply and gain admission to the Juris Doctor program the following is required:

  • A Bachelor's degree from a college or university of approved standing prior to law school matriculation (no required discipline of study)
  • A valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score less than five years old
  • A completed application of admission and CAS Report provided by LSAC

All applicants, including those reapplying, must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). CAS requires that official transcripts from all schools attended be sent directly to the LSAC. To expedite file consideration, applicants should make sure the School of Law receives the below information. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that the School of Law receives all application materials.

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The University of San Diego offers both early decision admission and regular admission for first-year entering students. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for full consideration. Admission is for the fall semester only for first-year students.

  1. Completed application
    • Regular admission is on a rolling basis beginning September 1
    • Regular admission priority filing deadline - February 1
    • Regular admission deadline - July 31
    • Early admission deadline - December 15. (All materials must be received by this date to be considered for early admission.)
  2. Personal statement
  3. Official transcript(s) sent directly through CAS
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional) sent directly through CAS
  5. Current resume or list of employers
  1. Completed application
    • Fall admission priority filing deadline – June 1
    • Fall admission deadline - July 15
    • Spring admission priority filing deadline – December 1
    • Spring admission deadline - January 2
  2. Personal statement
  3. Official law school transcript(s) forwarded by current school's Office of the Registrar after current semester
  4. Official CAS report
  5. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional) sent directly through CAS
  6. Current resume or list of employers
  7. Letter of good standing and class rank forwarded by current school's Office of the Dean
  1. Completed application
    • Fall admission priority filing deadline – June 1
    • Fall admission deadline - July 15
    • Spring admission priority filing deadline – December 1
    • Spring admission deadline - January 2
    • Summer admission priority filing deadline – April 15
    • Summer admission deadline - June 2
  2. Personal statement
  3. Official law school transcript(s) forwarded by current school's Office of the Registrar after current semester
  4. Letter of good standing, class rank and permission to visit forwarded by current school's Office of the Dean