J.D. How to Apply: Application Overview

Admissions Standards

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 J.D. students to commence studies only in the fall semester and reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications are reviewed as soon as all required documents are received.

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Important Application Dates & Deadlines: 2019-20 Academic Year

September 1, 2019 - Miami Law begins receiving electronic applications.

October 1, 2019 - FASFA applications become available.

January 6, 2020 - Competitive applicants who complete their files prior to this date will be optimally placed for scholarship consideration. This is the preferred deadline for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Scholarships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by this date.

February 1, 2020 - 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, 2020.

March 1, 2020 - FAFSA preferred application date.

March 15, 2020 - While early applications are encouraged, this is the final application deadline for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program.

July 31, 2020 - Last day J.D. applications are accepted for fall 2020 enrollment.

Admission Requirements for First-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) Applicants

Admission decisions at Miami Law are based upon applicants' potential for excellence in the study of law. 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. Students are admitted to the School of Law from almost every academic discipline.

The standard indicators of such potential are:

  • prior academic achievements and LSAT score
  • undergraduate institution and the rigor of the courses selected 
  • work experience, extracurricular activities or community service, and unusual skills or backgrounds 
  • a Bachelor degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent degree from an international institution 


Information for International, Transfer and Visiting J.D. Applicants

International J.D. Applicants
Visiting J.D. Applicants
Transfer J.D. Applicants

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.


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 acceptable. Click Here for Hard Copy of First-Year Application for Full-Time JD Program

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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.

Interested in an LL.M. Program?

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

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