Applications for the first-year entering class are accepted for the Fall Semester only. Transfer or visiting students who have completed their first year at another ABA-approved law school may apply for admission for the Fall or Spring Semester (visiting students use a different application process for Summer Session; click here for Summer Session details).
Notification of Admission
Applicants may be notified regarding admission to Southwestern beginning in February. Every effort is made to review completed application files and to inform applicants of their status as soon as possible (application review averages ten to twelve weeks). Applicants who have submitted completed files by the suggested deadlines should expect to receive notification of an admission decision by mid-June (SCALE program) or mid-July (Day, Evening, PLEAS concurrent-degree programs). Students who have been advised that they are on Southwestern's waiting list for the Day, Evening or PLEAS programs will be notified of a final decision by mid-August.
Note: SCALE classes commence in mid-June; Day, Evening and PLEAS classes commence in mid-August.
Requirements for Accepted Applicants
Once applicants have been notified of their acceptance by Southwestern, they must pay a deposit within the
time specified in the acceptance materials in order to reserve a place in the entering class. The deposit is
applied in full toward tuition costs (after the start of classes) and will not be due before April 1. If the deposit is not received by the due date, the applicant's acceptance is canceled.
Note: The deposit may be due in two installments or in full, depending on the time frame.
Once accepted, an applicant must arrange to have an official transcript of all academic work from all degree-granting institutions sent directly to the Registration and Academic Records Office at Southwestern. The American Bar Association requires that each student’s official transcript be on file within 30 days following the first day of the student’s first semester.
Note: Transcripts forwarded to Southwestern from LSDAS are not considered official transcripts.