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Admissions Timeline

Admissions Cycle General Timeline

The dates below are intended to provide a general overview of the timing of the admissions cycle. These dates are estimates and will vary from year to year. Please use this as a general guide. Admitted students should consult their admitted student communications for specific dates.

September 1

Applicants may begin submitting their applications online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) electronic application process. All applicants must apply electronically through LSAC. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Please ensure that you answer all of the questions thoroughly and accurately, and include any necessary addendums. An incomplete application will delay the application process.

Late September/Early October

October LSAT test administration. Results are usually available within three weeks of the test administration. For more information about the LSAT test and administration dates visit LSAC.org. It is recommended that you begin the application process before your LSAT score is released to ensure your file is complete and may immediately be released to the Admissions Committee upon receipt of your LSAT score.

October 15

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available.

December

December LSAT test administration. Results are usually available within three weeks of the test administration. For more information about the LSAT test and administration dates visit LSAC.org. It is recommended that you begin the application process before your LSAT score is released to ensure your file is complete and may immediately be released to the Admissions Committee upon receipt of your LSAT score.

December 1 is the application deadline for students who wish to transfer for the spring semester.

November - May

St. Thomas Law has rolling admissions. Applicants are notified of their decision by mail. Applicants may also review their application status online. Applications are reviewed in the order they are completed in our office. Scholarship awards and information regarding any scholarship is usually sent out with the admissions packet. St. Thomas Law offers merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are automatically awarded as part of the admissions consideration and do not require a separate application.

January/February

Information about admitted student events, financial aid, housing, and other matters will be available on the Admitted Student Website (we will provide the log in and password to admitted students at the time of admission).

January

If you have not yet completed your FAFSA Application, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will also become available.

February

February 1. Please check the Financial Aid section of our website for important dates related to student loans and scholarships.

February LSAT test administration. Results are usually available within three weeks of the test administration. For more information about the LSAT test and administration dates visit LSAC.org. It is recommended that you begin the application process before your LSAT score is released to ensure your file is complete and may immediately be released to the Admissions Committee upon receipt of your LSAT score.

March

Admissions Newsletter, which includes information on obtaining a University email account, financial aid deadlines, summer programs, housing, student health insurance and immunizations deadlines, deadlines for final transcripts, first-year orientation, and other essential information will be sent to all admitted students.

April/May

Deadline for submitting a seat deposit. The Admissions Office will notify admitted students of their individual deadline in their decision letter.

FAFSA should be completed, received, and processed by the federal processors to ensure ample time for the Office of Financial Aid to determine your eligibility.

Mid-May /June

Deadline for priority financial aid processing of the FAFSA, Student Loan Applications, and all other required documents by June 30th. These materials must be submitted to St. Thomas Law's Students and Financial Affairs Advisor, Andres Marrero, amarrero@stu.edu.

June

June LSAT test administration. Note that this administration is usually on a Monday afternoon. Results are usually available within three weeks of the test administration. For more information about the LSAT test and administration dates visit LSAC.org. It is recommended that you begin

the application process before your LSAT score is released to ensure your file is complete and may immediately be released to the Admissions Committee upon receipt of your LSAT score. Although St. Thomas Law will consider a June LSAT score, applicants should be aware that waiting this late may foreclose the opportunity to be invited to one of the summer programs as an acceptance option.

July

July 1 is the application deadline for students who wish to transfer for the fall semester.

Late July, two weeks before Orientation, Introduction to Legal Studies. Introduction to Legal Studies is a two-week, non-credit summer program offered to all incoming students. Through St. Thomas Law's Introduction to Legal Studies Program, students have an unparalleled chance to develop an accurate picture of the realities, rewards, and challenges of being a law student before beginning law school.

Early-August

First Year J.D. Orientation is always held on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before classes start. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Mid August

Law School classes begin.

Mid-late August

Final transcripts, reflecting that a degree was conferred, must be received by the Registrar's office by the end of the drop/add period.

Financial aid refunds available for students who completed their financial aid files, and provided their direct deposit information in a timely manner.