J.D. Application Overview: How to Apply

To be considered for admission to University of Miami School of Law, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrolling at the School of Law. The Law School admits first-year students only in the fall semester. In evaluating an application, Miami, like most schools, carefully reviews an applicant’s undergraduate record and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score(s). However, careful consideration is also given to personal information, such as graduate studies, job history, significant extracurricular and community activities, obstacles overcome, etc.

Ways to Apply to the J.D. Program

1) Applying Electronically (Preferred Method)

Miami's electronic application is available as part of an applicant’s LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration and is a very convenient way to apply. All applicants are required to register for CAS. This easy and efficient option allows individuals to work on and save an application until it is ready for electronic submission. LSAC's secure technology ensures that personal information remains encrypted as it is transported across the Internet and can be referred to at an applicant’s convenience through an individual’s LSAC account.

Application Instructions

First-Year Application for Full-Time JD Program / General JD Application Instructions

Information for International J.D. Applicants

Information for Visiting J.D. Applicants

Information for Transfer J.D. Applicants

2) Applying by Hard Copy

Though the preferred method of application is electronically through the LSDAS service, if a student prefers to mail in a hard copy, that is certainly acceptable.

For Joint Degree and Miami Scholars:

LL.M. Programs

Foreign Law Graduates:
Most LL.M. programs will accept application on a rolling basis until the beginning of August 2018. 

U.S. Law Graduates:
Priority deadlines are May 1 for Fall admission and November 15 for Spring admission.

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    Important Dates

    September 1, 2017 - Miami Law will begin receiving electronic applications and review applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed as soon as all required documents have been received.

    October 1, 2017 - FASFA applications become available.

    December 31, 2017 - As admission decisions and most scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, it is in applicants' best interest to complete their files before the end of the year.

    January 8, 2018 - Competitive applicants who complete their files prior to this date will be optimally placed for scholarship consideration; this is also the preferred application date for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Scholarships.

    February 1, 2018 - Completion of the application by this date or earlier is strongly advised to place applicants in the best position for admission. Applications received after this date will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a seat available basis until July 31, 2018.

    March 1, 2018 - FAFSA preferred application date.

    April 2, 2018 - While early applications are encouraged, this is the final application deadline for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program.

    Special care is taken in the review process to ensure that the entering class is a highly talented and select group, representing a wide variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. The University of Miami takes great pride in the diversity of its students and faculty, viewing these differences as a major strength. Students are admitted to the School of Law from almost every academic discipline.

    For More Information

    Staff members in the Office of Admissions and Student Recruiting are here to help throughout the application process. Miami Law’s staff knows that the process can be tedious and stressful, so contact us or visit the Admissions & Recruiting staff page for any concerns about an application.

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