J.D. Admissions


In order to be considered for admissions, applicants must follow the procedures outlined in JD Application Instructions, register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and Credential Assembly Service (CAS), take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and demonstrate that they have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian university, or the foreign equivalent whose program has been deemed comparable to that of a four-year baccalaureate degree, prior to registering for the first academic quarter at the School of Law.

Application Deadlines

  • October 1 - Applications open for incoming first-year students.
  • November 15 - Early Decision Program application deadline.
  • January 15 - Application deadline for the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship, which includes both the JD application and the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship application.
  • March 15 - Application deadline for incoming first-year students.

These deadlines are non-negotiable.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Washington and School of Law provides for a selective admission process with the objective of attracting students who demonstrate the strongest prospects for high quality academic work. This selective admission process shall assure that the University's educational opportunities shall be open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. The process of admission shall be mindful of the need for diversity in the student body and for highly-trained individuals from all segments of the population. For more information, please visit here.

Applicant Responsibility and Accuracy of Information

Applicants are under a continued obligation to notify the School of Law of any circumstances that occur, which may change any of the responses to their application. The School of Law reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing for work in progress, if final records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission, or if the admission decision was based on incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading information furnished by the applicant. In addition, the School of Law may also report its findings to LSAC's Misconduct and Irregularities Committee.

Character and Moral Fitness

In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are eligible for admission into the School of Law; however, because state bar associations often prohibit persons with criminal records from being admitted to the bar regardless of their degrees or training, it may be impossible for such individuals to practice in some states. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Equal Opportunity and Accommodation Statement

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