J.D. How to Apply: Application Overview

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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: 2020-21 Academic Year

September 1, 2020 - Miami Law begins receiving electronic applications.

October 1, 2020 - FASFA applications become available.

November 1, 2020 - Early Decision Program Deadline.  Applicants who are Florida residents or have attended a college or university in the state of Florida, and are certain that the University of Miami School of Law is their first-choice law school may apply to our binding early decision program.

January 15, 2021 - 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, 2021.

March 1, 2021 - FAFSA preferred application date.

July 31, 2021 - Last day J.D. applications are accepted for fall 2021 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 


Binding Early Decision Program 

Applicants to Miami Law who are Florida residents or are alumni of or attending undergraduate or graduate school in Florida have a special option to apply through our binding early decision program. Candidates who do not fulfill these eligibility requirements may request a special consideration review by the Admissions Committee. Eligible candidates who wish to apply to this program must indicate interest on the general J.D. application and submit it, along with all supporting documents and the Binding Early Decision Program Agreement form, no later than November 1, 2020. Applicants who are selected for admission will be notified, with any offered scholarship award in place, no later than November 25, 2020. More information about the binding program is available here

Instructions for Binding Early Decision Program

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 LSAC service, if a student prefers to mail in a hard copy, that is acceptable.  If you require a paper copy of the application, please email admissions@law.miami.edu.

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

International J.D. Applicants

Visiting J.D. Applicants

Transfer J.D. Applicants

Scholarship Programs

Joint Degrees and LL.M. Programs

For More Information

Staff members in the Office of Admissions are here to help throughout the application process. Miami Law’s staff knows that the process can be tedious and stressful. We encourage you to contact us via email at admissions@law.miami.edu or by phone at (305) 284-6746  for any concerns or questions regarding the application process.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on-campus or off-campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.


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