Select which visit program works best for you: Admitted Students Weekends (March 23 or April 13), personal campus visit, or both. Further details about visiting campus can be found here.
Look for your travel stipend information in your admit packet.
Book your travel early to get the best fares and hotel rates.
Keep in mind that it may be cheaper, if flying, to fly into Chicago and either take the Coach USA bus to campus or rent a car.
Gear up on finances
Carefully check the Law School’s Financial Aid page to plan your budget.
AccessLex offers detailed, usable information on how to manage finances and loans during law school. It includes a calculator that will enable you to understand and plan how to manage any debt you might have, based on certain scenarios. Their tools can also help you compare the cost of attendance at various law schools.
May 15 is the suggested deadline for completing a federal Direct Loan application and, if needed, the Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan.
In late July, the University Office of Student Accounts generates your first tuition billing statement with a due date of mid-August. Information about your bill sill be sent to your nd.edu email account.
One of the best ways to begin exploring housing options is with the Insider’s Guide
Many students get to know each other before school starts and find potential roommates through the class Facebook page.
The priority deadline for completing an online application for University Housing is late April/early May. Note that your Law School seat deposit of $600 must be received and processed before – Housing will require that you apply with your Notre Dame netID (NDID) which is only generated for deposited students.
Confirm Enrollment Now
Confirmation form and seat deposit of $600 is due on a rolling basis for students admitted Early Decision. Please refer to your admission letter.
For Regular Decision students, initial confirmation form and first seat deposit of $600 deadline is April 20. * Go to confirmlaw.nd.edu, log in with your LSAC number and birthdate, and follow the steps.
You may pay your deposit by echeck, physical check, or wire transfer. Echeck is preferred for both security and accuracy.
If paying by echeck, have your checking account information available before logging into the confirmation website.
The University will begin issuing netID’s on March 30 to students who have provided their enrollment materials. With your Notre Dame netID, you can set-up your nd.edu email account and submit many other University paperwork, including your University Housing application.
The second confirmation and $400 seat deposit is due June 1 for students admitted Regular Decision. Early Decision students must only submit the second enrollment form by this date.
July 15 is the deadline for submitting your final, official undergraduate transcript. The registrar of your undergraduate degree-granting school must submit the copy directly to the LSAC. The official transcript must include the date your degree was conferred.
Notre Dame Paperwork
The University will begin issuing netID’s on March 30 to students who have provided their enrollment materials by that date. Students providing their enrollment materials after this date should receive their netID’s within one- to two- business days after providing their seat deposit. With your netID, you can set-up your email and submit many other forms, including your University Housing application.
Be sure to check your new nd.edu email often because the University will use this as a primary means to communicate with you about important information, deadlines, and opportunities such as purchasing football tickets. Instructions on how to set up your nd.edu account and gain access to InsideND can be found on the Office of Information Technologies website.
Set up your IRISHPay account. IRISHPay is the University’s online student account statement and payment system available to students (and their authorized payers, if applicable). You will need your netID and password to access IRISHPay through InsideND. You will receive an email to your nd.edu account when your first student account statement is available (sometime mid-July).
If you are a recent graduate you must submit your degree-confirmed transcript to LSAC by July 15. LSAC will process your transcript and update NDLS.
The University requires all incoming students to have up-to-date immunizations on health insurance. For un-married students, the most cost-effective method of insurance is likely remaining on your parents’ health insurance plan, if available and eligible. For married students, the most cost-effective method is likely relying on your spouse/partner’s plan.
Orientation (tentatively) is August 13-17. August 20 is the first day of classes for the Law School.
All incoming 1L students will be registered into their fall semester classes by the Law School Registrar. Your class schedule will be available in InsideND in August.
Do not purchase your books in advance! There will be time built into the orientation schedule for you to purchase books. Your class section may change between when you see classes posted on InsideND and when classes actually begin – and then you may have the wrong books. Bring cash, checks, or credit cards to pay for your books and a backpack with you that day to help carry your books back home. You will receive your locker assignment at orientation and can chose to keep books in your locker (assuming you brought your lock with you!).
There are no summer reading assignments. After you arrive on campus and purchase your books you will begin to see your professors post assignments on their class site through Sakai (also accessible through InsideND). The best way to prepare for your first day of classes is to do the assigned readings and be ready to answer questions about the material. It’s not like undergraduate — you can’t get away without reading the assigned material just because it’s the first day. The professors do call on students on the first day, and while they won’t expect you to be perfect, they will expect you to know the material.
Many incoming students ask about how to prepare for law school over the summer. Time and time again our faculty recommend reading for pleasure and taking time to simply relax. That’s right. Enjoy yourself. Hopefully you will step foot on campus refreshed and ready to work in August!