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Dates, Deadlines, How to Apply

Applying to Tulane Law

If you are applying to the J.D. program, you must complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no earlier than five years prior to enrollment and must register with the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

We suggest submission of up to three letters of recommendation or evaluations from individuals who know you and your capabilities well. We encourage and prefer use of the Law School Admission Council's Letter of Recommendation Service, which is included in the subscription to CAS.

While you must apply electronically, PDF copies of our application form questions are available upon request; please e-mail us at admissions@tulane.edu or call 504-865-5930.

Dates and Deadlines

  October 15

We begin processing applications

  November 15

We begin reviewing applications

  December 15

We begin announcing admissions and merit-based scholarships


Although Tulane Law does not have a strict deadline, applicants are encouraged to submit applications between September 15 and March 1. Later applications will be considered, but space and scholarship opportunities may be limited. Applicants planning to submit LSAT scores from a test administration date later than March 1 are encouraged to submit their application prior to receipt of their score. So long as space remains in the incoming class, Tulane continues to receive and process applications and to make offers of admission. Tulane will consider scores from March, April, and June for fall matriculation but July scores may only be used for the next year's application cycle. 

Beginning in November, complete applications are reviewed, but not necessarily in the order in which they were received. Most admission decisions are made and announced between December 1 and April 1, but files are reviewed and additional decisions made until the class is filled. Decisions may be deferred on some applications until late spring. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list and offered a place in the class if one becomes available during the summer prior to the first day of class.

Candidates accepted before March 15 are not required to make a commitment to enroll before April 15. Candidates offered admission through the regular admission process after March 15 are given a minimum of two weeks within which to make a decision. A second commitment deposit is due on June 1 (or the first Monday thereafter, if June 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday).

Application Review

Every complete application is read in its entirety, and all information an applicant or her recommenders provide to the Committee on Admission is taken into account.

We look closely at candidates' LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point averages; these tend, in combination, to predict success in the first year at Tulane. In addition, we review each candidate's personal statement, descriptions of work and other activities in and out of college, letters of recommendation (encouraged, but not required), and all other information brought to our attention.

We want individuals who will contribute unique perspectives to the law school educational experience and, therefore, we seek a diverse a group of students. This commitment is reflected in the substantial number of minorities, women, older students, and students from unusual backgrounds represented in the student body, as well as broad geographical and undergraduate school representation.

Qualifications For Admissions to the Bar /
Character & Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

EU GDPR Policy Statement

Applicants from the European Economic Area (the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway): please see the Tulane University Privacy Policy for Data Protected by the European Union General Data Protection Regulation for information about how Tulane University processes personal information and your rights.