Applying for the J.D. Degree

The Application Process to Become a First-Year Student

The application process begins when you visit the Law School Admission Council website, where you must establish an account, register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and submit an application, a personal statement, a resume, transcripts from all of your college or university-level schools, and 2-4 recommendation letters.

Navigate through this section of the website to learn about the steps for applying, required components, what to do after you’ve submitted an application, and to get answers to any outstanding questions.

Important J.D. Admission Dates for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

September 1 – The J.D. application becomes available online at

October 1 – Review period begins

November 15 – Early decision application deadline

December 15 – Application deadline if applying for the Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship

January 16 – Latest LSAT accepted for Fall 2021 admissions

February 15 – Regular decision application deadline

April 15-June 15 – Transfer application filing period

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