Submitting Applications FAQ
What are Columbia Law School’s application deadlines?
The earliest that we begin to accept applications for the 2013-14 admissions season is Sept. 1, 2013. For the entering Class of 2014, the deadline for our binding Early Decision Plan (EDP) is Nov. 15, 2013, and the Regular Decision deadline is Feb. 15, 2014*. However, we encourage all applicants to complete their applications as early as possible, considering that applications are evaluated on a rolling basis in the order in which they are completed.
*Due to December 2013 LSAT administration cancellations on account of inclement weather, the Regular Decision deadline has been extended to Monday, March 3, 2014.
Do you accept scores from the February 2014 LSAT administration for admission to the 2014 entering class?
While the December LSAT is the last test administration score we accept during any admissions cycle, due to inclement weather that affected the December test administration in certain areas, we are making an exception to that policy for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle for any test takers that were registered to sit for the December 2013 LSAT test or any first-time test takers. In addition, we have extended our application deadline, which is a completion deadline, to Monday, March 3, 2014.
Be advised that we review applications on a rolling basis; therefore, sitting for the February test administration may place you at a strategic disadvantage. In order to maximize your standing, you should submit all other components of the application prior as soon as possible and indicate in the materials that you are registered to take the February LSAT.
If you are neither a first-time test taker nor were registered to take the LSAT at a test center that was closed, but nevertheless plan to take the February LSAT, you must submit in writing, as soon as possible, a request for permission to submit the February LSAT score as part of your application for admission to the entering class of 2014.
Does the Admissions Committee prefer to receive electronic applications?
Columbia Law School will accept only electronic applications through LSAC.
What parts of my application must be submitted by mail?
If applicable, a dean’s letter in response to questions 8.1 or 8.2 of the application is the only mandatory document that must be mailed directly to the Law School. These forms cannot be transmitted by fax or electronically. Otherwise, the entire application must be submitted electronically.
What if some application materials arrive before my application is submitted?
Occasionally, certain application materials (i.e., letters of recommendation), arrive prior to the receipt of an application for admission. To facilitate the completion of your application, all submitted materials should contain your full name, LSAC number, and/or social security number.
When is the latest date that I can sit for the LSAT exam?
The last LSAT score that we accept under the Early Decision Plan is from the September/October test administration of the year prior to your expected matriculation. Similarly, the last LSAT score that we accept for Regular Decision applicants is from the December test administration.
For how long is an LSAT score considered valid?
An LSAT score is considered valid by the Admissions Committee for no longer than five years. Candidates applying for admission to the 2014 entering class as regular applicants may submit LSAT scores earned on or after the June 2009 administration, but no later than the December 2013 administration.
Can I submit my application before I take the LSAT?
Yes; however, you should indicate the date on which you are scheduled to take the LSAT exam on on question 6.1 of your application. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until we have received the LSDAS Report from your scheduled test date and all other required documents.
How do I check the status of my application?
Applicants are expected to monitor the submission and completion of all application requirements. You may check the status of your application for admission at any time by visiting our online status check. In order to protect every applicant's confidentiality, status check requests over the phone cannot be granted. In the event that the status check mechanism is unduly delayed, applicants may submit requests in writing by email (email@example.com) to the Office of Admissions.