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Applications for the autumn course 2020 started on September 1, 2020 and were due by February 15, 2021. Since applications are usually evaluated on a rolling basis, you should submit your application as soon as possible after September 1st. Applications will not be considered by the admissions committee until all required materials have been received.

If you submit your complete application by December 31, 2020, you should receive a notification by March.

If you are submitting all materials by February 15, 2021 (application deadline), you should be notified by the end of April.

For more information, see our list of frequently asked questions.

Application components

You can prepare your application for the introductory course in autumn 2021 by viewing a preview application (PDF). The application fee is $ 85.

In addition to the application form, you must submit all or some of the following components. Please read our application instructions and frequently asked questions to determine what to submit.

  • Personal statement / essay
  • GRE or LSAT
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Summary
  • Assessment (s) / certificate (s) from the dean
  • Academic certificates

2020–2021 admission dates

Fall 2020

  • September 1: J.D. applications open
  • October 1: Free Student Aid Application Forms (FAFSA) can be submitted to the government

Spring 2021

  • January 16: Final LSAT administrative deadline, meeting the Columbia Law School's regular admission deadline
  • February 1: Final GRE administrative appointment meeting the regular Columbia Law School admission deadline
  • February 15: Application deadline for grants
  • February 15: Deadline for the regular decision plan

Summer 2021

  • May 1st: Registration deadline
  • May 10: Application deadline for accommodation
  • June 1st: Deadline for requesting postponement

Job interviews

You can be contacted via video conference for an interview during the admissions process.

The interview program enables applicants to learn more about the law school and informs the admissions committee about applicants' interests and motivations.

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Please note that we cannot consider application requests.

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