J.D. Application Information
Application Instructions and Requirements
To help you prepare for the application process, you may review the application instructions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle.
Early Decision and Regular Decision
Notre Dame Law School offers a binding Early Decision application process for those students who have researched their law school options and concluded that NDLS is their top choice. Applying via Early Decision gives these students a specific means to address their keen interest in attending the Law School.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late-October. The Admissions Committee typically issues the first decision letters beginning in early-December.
Given the nature of rolling admission, students are encouraged to submit their application early in the cycle so as to maximize their opportunity for both admission and scholarship.
Students are encouraged to check their application carefully prior to submission in order to ensure that their applications are complete and correct. If a student discovers an omission or mistake at a later time, the student may update their application by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reapplying for Admission
Students who have previously applied to Notre Dame Law School and who have not since enrolled at another law school are welcome to complete a new application after September 1. These applicants should must update their written statements, resume, and character and fitness record.
Deferral of Enrollment / Postponing Matriculation
Applicants should apply for admission for the year in which they plan to enroll in law school. The Law School may, in limited circumstances, allow students to postpone their matriculation for one year. The Admissions Committee will review such requests on a case-by-case basis after the applicant has been admitted.