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Application Timeline

Application Timeline

  • Apply by July 1

    The Junior Deferral Program application opens March 2, 2020. The deadline is July 1, 2020.

    Apply to the
    Junior Deferral Program

  • Check your application status

    It typically takes several weeks to process required materials and to “complete” the application for submission to the Admissions Committee. We will not begin processing materials until after the application deadline. Therefore, you will not be notified of any updates to the status of your application until after July 1, 2020.

  • Wait for the review

    The Admissions Committee reviews applications roughly in order of completion. Each application is considered in its entirety — there are no computational methods for making decisions and no numerical cut-offs below which a candidate will not be considered. The time it takes to fully review a file will vary from case to case.

  • Interview

    During the application review process you may be invited to interview. These interviews will happen after applications have been submitted and completed, typically in the late summer. The Admissions Office will contact you directly to setup an interview, where applicable.

  • Receive your decision

    Unlike the regular J.D. admissions process, this program does not operate on a rolling admissions basis. We will accept applications from the date the application opens (early March) through the application deadline (early July). All admissions offers will be made in the late summer (typically August).