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JD Application Checklist

Deadline for Regular Decision applicants: February 28, 2021

Deadline for Early Decision applicants: November 15, 2020

(Submit all necessary application materials to the Admissions Office in advance of that date; read more about the Early Decision option here.)

Please Note:
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. 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.


The following materials are necessary to complete an application:

  • Valid LSAT score, taken between June 2015 and January 2021; scores from later tests will be considered but may hinder chance of admission.
  • Current LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration
    • Send all undergraduate transcripts directly from the undergraduate institution(s) to CAS.
    • If international work is completed through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the credits for that work are clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript, you do not need to send the international transcript.
    • Send all graduate transcripts directly from graduate institution(s) to CAS.
  • Completed application form for the University of Michigan’s J.D. program. For advice about how to answer particular questions on our application, you may find it useful to check out our PDF application and our annotated screenshots of the LSAC FlexApp.
  • Application fee or waiver
    • $75 by check or money order, made payable to the University of Michigan and drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card if applying online through LSAC.
  • One to three letters of recommendation
    • Send directly to Michigan Law School by the recommender or by a college placement office, or through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
    • Each letter must be accompanied by a signed declaration of the applicant’s intent regarding access to the letter.
  • Personal statement and any optional essays
  • Certification that application is true and accurate. You may sign the certification on the application or, if you submit electronically, use the electronic certification option. (If you prefer, you may instead sign a hard copy of the Certification Letter and mail it directly to the Law School, even if you otherwise apply electronically through LSAC.)

The following timeline will help you track your application's progress:

Event Admissions Office Response Timeframe
Application submittedEmail acknowledgmentWithin 5 business days
Application begins being processed in the Admissions OfficeEmail sent from Admissions Office with status-check log-inWithin 5-7 business days of acknowledgment email
Application complete and under reviewOnline status checker will change to "complete"Within three weeks of status-check email, OR Admissions Office receipt of all materials (including LSAC report), whichever comes last
DecisionLetter sent from Admissions Office
Typically within 10 weeks of file’s completion

Please be sure to check out our Online Status Check System to keep track of the progress of your application.