It is generally recommended that you apply to law school ‘sooner rather than later’ in the admissions cycle, as we have rolling admissions, which means that seats fill up as the year progresses.  There is a slight advantage if you apply by the fall or winter, but we will often accept applications through the summer before entry.  Please read on for more detailed information about the law school admissions timeline.

Important Dates

September 1  JD program application available

November 1 Application deadline for students interested in Spring Start

November 25 Full seat deposit ($500) deadline for Spring Start admitted students

January 15 Spring orientation begins

January 22 Spring classes begin

March 1  Priority application deadline for full scholarship consideration

March 1  Priority filing date for financial aid (FAFSA) submission

March 1  Application deadline for international JD students

March 1 Application deadline for students interested in Summer Start

March 16 Admitted Students’ Day

April 1 Application deadline for full admission consideration for Summer and Fall Start

April 1 First seat deposit ($250) deadline*

May 15  Second seat deposit ($250) deadline*

May 20 Summer orientation begins

May 28 Summer Start classes begin

August 12 Fall orientation begins

August 19 Fall classes begin

*Rolling seat deposit deadlines will be assigned to applicants admitted after mid-March.

Detailed Timeline

  • Summer Before You Apply +

    The summer before you start applying to law school is a great time to start researching law schools and coming up with a good list of schools you would like to apply to or investigate further.  It may also be the right time to start studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and working on your applications.  The LSAT is offered in June and July (as well as in September, November, January, and March), so you may consider taking the June or July exam, especially if you want to get an early start on your application or you are considering applying for spring.

    UMKC Law often hosts an LSAT preparatory class by Get Smarter Prep held during the month leading up to an LSAT exam. Classes for the June exam begin in late April. You can find further information about the course and registration directly through the Get Smarter Prep website.

    Also, as a new option, Khan Academy has partnered with LSAC to offer a free test prep program which is personalized to each student's needs and utilizes official test questions from the LSAT.

  • Fall +

    Fall is the time of year when admissions representatives start visiting colleges and universities to meet with students and advisors. It is a great time, too, for students to attend career/graduate school fairs and law school fairs, such as the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Forums. We encourage you to plan a visit to UMKC School of Law to observe a class and take a tour.


    Our application for the coming year opens on September 1.  After you apply, the Admissions Committee will review your application.  If you are selected for an interview, the Admissions Office will then contact you to schedule your interview.  Admission is rolling, and we will generally accept applications through the summer (although our priority deadline is March 1).

    The LSAT is offered in September, which is the last date to take the exam for the Spring Start program.


    November 1 is the deadline for admission to our Spring Start program.

    The LSAT is offered again in mid-November.

  • Winter +

    Happy New Year! If you plan to apply for financial aid, you should start getting your tax returns in order.

    The LSAT is offered in January, which is the last date to take the exam for our priority deadline of March 1. In fact, for many law schools, this may be the last LSAT exam date accepted for this year's application cycle. While UMKC Law will accept scores from the March exam date for entry the following fall, you would not be eligible for the Summer Start Program if you have not taken the LSAT by January and applied for admission before March 1.

  • Spring +

    March 1 is our priority deadline for full scholarship consideration, which means that you should try to apply by this date for optimal consideration for our various scholarship offerings. We will still accept applications through the summer, however.

    March 1 is the application deadline for the Summer Start Program.

    March 1 is also the date by which you should plan to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with UMKC’s Financial Aid Office.  Please note, this is also not a strict deadline but, rather, a guideline.

    We typically have Admitted Students’ Day on a Saturday in mid-March, so if you apply and are admitted before this event, you are invited to visit the law school for a special day of panels, presentations, and opportunities to interact with current students, faculty, and alumni.

    The LSAT is offered again in late March.

    April 1 is the first of two seat deposit deadlines. Admitted students must pay a $250 seat deposit by this date in order to guarantee a spot in the next year’s class. While this deposit is non-refundable, it is counted toward your tuition. (Students who are admitted after April 1 will be granted a different seat deposit deadline, dependent upon the date of the decision.)

    May 15 is the second and final seat deposit deadline. As with the first seat deposit, admitted students must pay a $250 seat deposit by this date in order to guarantee a spot in the next year’s class. Paying the second seat deposit also begins the process of enrollment in the University of Missouri-Kansas City system.

    Summer Start typically begins with a week-long orientation in mid-May.

  • Summer +

    The LSAT is offered in June and July. In most years we DO allow applicants to take the June exam for the current application year, i.e. for fall entry.  Please note, however, that space tends to be fairly limited by the time we reach the summer months, so it is recommended that you take an earlier LSAT or that you use the June exam for your application for the next year. We will not take the July exam for entry in August of the same year.
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