Application Process

Earning your Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law starts with the application process, an opportunity for interested candidates to demonstrate their potential for the successful study of law. A supportive and collaborative community, Louisville Law actively seeks to recruit a class of talented individuals with strong credentials, diverse backgrounds and unique experiences.

Prospective applicants should be mindful of several important dates:

  • October 1, 2021: First-year JD program application opens
  • January 15, 2022: Priority application deadline
  • April 15, 2022: Regular application deadline
  • July 15, 2022: First-year JD program application closes

Applications must be complete (not just submitted) by 5:00 PM Eastern on the respective dates above to qualify for the priority and regular application deadlines.


Your application will not be considered complete and eligible for review until the law school has received all required components.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) handles the collection and processing of all application materials. All applicants must create an LSAC account and register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in order to apply. Please allow an average of two weeks for LSAC to process materials submitted via CAS. The law school will not receive your CAS materials until they have been fully processed and released by LSAC.

The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications in November, with decisions rendered thereafter on a rolling basis. Once review has begun, decisions are typically rendered within three weeks. If an applicant is placed on the waitlist by the Admissions Committee, their application will be reassessed in the late spring or early summer.

Louisville Law offers annually renewable scholarship funding on the basis of academic merit as reflected in an applicant’s LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for all available merit-based scholarship funding with no separate application required.

Priority Applications

Applications that are complete and ready for review by January 15 at 5:00 PM Eastern are classified as priority applications. For priority applications, an offer of admission will include a concomitant offer of merit-based scholarship funding, if any. Applicants who are interested in our Human Rights or Ordered Liberty Fellowships are strongly encouraged to meet the priority application deadline. You must take the LSAT no later than November 2021 in order to meet the priority application deadline.

Regular Applications

Applications that are incomplete as of the priority application deadline but complete and ready for review by April 15 at 5:00 PM Eastern are classified as regular applications. Regular applications will be considered for merit-based scholarship funding to the extent that funding remains available. An offer of admission may include a concomitant offer of merit-based scholarship funding, or the admitted student may be placed in a scholarship queue for later consideration. You must take the LSAT no later than March 2022 in order to meet the regular application deadline.

Late Applications

Applications that are incomplete as of the regular application deadline but complete and ready for review by July 15 at 5:00 PM Eastern are classified as late applications. Late applications are ineligible for merit-based scholarship funding. This application will no longer be available for submission after 5:00 PM Eastern on July 15, and updates to incomplete applications will no longer be accepted. You must take the LSAT no later than June 2022 in order to apply for Fall 2022 admission.