When do you have to commit to a law school?

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When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby outlawscr10 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:52 pm

Apologies, I'm sure this has been addressed here but I had no luck with the search function.

When do you usually have to commit to a particular school?

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Re: When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby Domke » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:33 pm

It depends on the school. Most require a seat deposit ~80$ in Marchish. Eventually they will require a significant payment ~600 dollars and require that you withdraw from other schools. I think that usually happens around June but I could be wrong. The best way to find out for a particular school is to just call them.

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Re: When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby outlawscr10 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:27 pm

Aren't a lot of application windows still open by March though?

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Re: When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby Lavitz » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:44 pm

Depends on the school. They'll let you know when you're admitted.

We had a thread last year keeping track of many of the deposit deadlines: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=205633

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Re: When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby outlawscr10 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:03 pm

Lavitz wrote:Depends on the school. They'll let you know when you're admitted.

We had a thread last year keeping track of many of the deposit deadlines: http://top-law-schools.com/forums/viewt ... 7&t=205633


That's great. Thanks!

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Re: When do you have to commit to a law school?

Postby SPerez » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:25 pm

Here's the relevant portion of the LSAC Statement of Good Admissions Practices. It's not binding on the law schools, but it reflects accepted norms.

5. Except under binding early decision plans or for academic terms beginning in the spring or summer, no law school should require an enrollment commitment of any kind to an offer of admission or scholarship prior to April 1. Admitted applicants who have submitted a timely financial aid application should not be required to commit to enroll by having to make a nonrefundable financial commitment until notified of financial aid awards that are within control of the law school.

6. After April 1, except under binding early decision plans, every applicant should be free to accept a new offer from a law school even though a scholarship has been accepted, a deposit has been paid, or a commitment has been made to another school. To provide applicants with an uncoerced choice among various law schools, no excessive nonrefundable deposit should be required solely to maintain a place in the class. Beginning on May 15 of each year, law schools that participate in the Commitment Overlap Service will be provided with information concerning all enrollment commitments to any law school made by those applicants
who have indicated an intention to enroll in that school’s entering class. A law school should clearly communicate its policies on multiple enrollment commitments upon admission.


For regular decision, most schools will be on April 1 or the first Friday immediately after that date. Before that, no school should be asking for any kind of commitment - money or otherwise - to hold either your seat or a scholarship. Also, outside binding ED, a school can't force you to withdraw from other schools, as much as they might try to convince you to do so. After May 15, law schools who participate receive a list that shows who has paid multiple seat deposits. Not all schools participate (i.e. submit their lists) right on that date, but virtually all schools are reporting by around mid-June/early July. That just means a school will know you're not 100% committed to them, perhaps despite what you might be telling them.

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