Submitting Applications FAQ
What are Columbia Law School’s application deadlines?
The earliest that we begin to accept applications for the 2017-18 admissions season is September 1, 2017. For the 2018 entering class, the deadline for our binding Early Decision Plan (EDP) is November 15, 2017, and the Regular Decision deadline is February 15, 2018. However, we encourage all applicants to complete their applications as early as possible, considering that applications are evaluated on a rolling basis in the order in which they are completed.
What application should I submit if I have attended law school in the past?
Candidates who have already completed one year of a J.D. program or an LL.M. program at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply for regular admission and must apply for Transfer admission. Candidates who have already completed at least two years of J.D. coursework are eligible to apply for Visiting admission.
Does Columbia Law School offer application fee waivers?
Unless you are a currently enrolled undergraduate student in a degree-granting program at any of Columbia University’s schools (please see more on this below), Columbia itself does not process requests for fee waivers. Rather, Columbia utilizes the application for determining eligibility for fee waivers directly through Law School Admission Council's mechanism. Once eligibility has been established and approved by LSAC, candidates will automatically receive a fee waiver for Columbia Law School upon submitting an application for admission. For additional details about fee waivers, kindly visit www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers.
How do I obtain an application fee waiver if I am currently enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate program at Columbia University?
If you are a currently enrolled (alumni are not eligible) undergraduate student in a degree-granting program at any of Columbia University’s schools—Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia School of General Studies, or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science—then you may request a fee waiver in writing to email@example.com. Please be sure to include in your request your UNI and the school at which you are currently matriculated as a student. Upon receipt and verification of your request, we will respond with a fee waiver code, which you must enter before you submit your application. Please note that if you pay the application fee, we are unable to award a fee waiver retroactively.
Do you accept scores from the February 2018 LSAT administration for admission to the 2018 entering class?
For the 2017-2018 admissions cycle, we will consider scores from the February 2018 LSAT from candidates who petition in writing and receive confirmation of petition approval by January 1, 2018. Petitions for 2018 February LSAT score consideration should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. As we have in past cycles, the Admissions Committee strongly encourages applicants to take the LSAT no later than the December test administration and to complete their applications earlier rather than later in the cycle.
Taking the February LSAT will not harm your chances of admission. However, please be advised that we review applications on a rolling basis; therefore, sitting for the February test administration may place you at a strategic disadvantage. In order to maximize your standing, you should submit all other components of the application as soon as possible before the application deadline and indicate in the materials that you are registered to take the February LSAT, in addition to submitting a petition requesting that the Admissions Committee consider your application with scores from the February 2018 LSAT.
Does the Admissions Committee prefer to receive electronic applications?
Columbia Law School will accept only electronic applications through LSAC.
What parts of my application must be submitted by mail?
If applicable, a dean’s letter in response to questions 8.1 or 8.2 of the application must be mailed directly to the Law School. These forms cannot be transmitted by fax or electronically. Additionally, applicants who have completed less than one year of post-secondary work outside the U.S. must request that the Registrar of each college attended (and each graduate and professional school, if applicable) forward official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions. Otherwise, the entire application must be submitted electronically.
What if some application materials arrive before my application is submitted?
Occasionally, certain application materials (e.g., letters of recommendation), arrive prior to the receipt of an application for admission. To facilitate completion of your application, all submitted materials should contain your full name and LSAC number (and/or social security number).
When is the latest date that I can sit for the LSAT exam?
The last LSAT score that we accept under the Early Decision Plan is from the September/October test administration of the year prior to your expected matriculation. The last LSAT score that we accept for Regular Decision applicants is from the December test administration. Candidates who would like for the Admissions Committee to consider scores from the February 2018 LSAT must petition in writing and receive confirmation of petition approval by January 1, 2018. Petitions for 2018 February LSAT score consideration should be emailed to email@example.com.
For how long is an LSAT score considered valid?
An LSAT score is considered valid by the Admissions Committee for no longer than five years. Candidates applying for admission to the 2018 entering class as regular applicants may submit LSAT scores earned on or after the June 2013 administration, but no later than the December 2017 administration.
Can I submit my application before I take the LSAT?
Yes; however, you should indicate the date on which you are scheduled to take the LSAT on question 6.1 of your application. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until we have received the LSDAS Report from your scheduled test date and all other required documents.
How do I check the status of my application?
Applicants are expected to monitor the submission and completion of all application requirements. You may check the status of your application for admission at any time by visiting our online status check. In order to protect every applicant's confidentiality, status check requests over the phone cannot be granted. In the event that the status check mechanism is unduly delayed, applicants may submit requests in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the Office of Admissions.
When will I receive an admissions decision?
As a general matter, applications are evaluated on a rolling basis in the order in which they are completed. Typically, the Admissions Committee begins rolling out decisions in late January and continues to release decisions until the end of April.