Know your law school deposit deadlines

2/26/21: Updated with 2021 seat deposit deadlines

Wouldn’t it be awesome to know when schools will look to take applicants off of the waitlist? You could hold off on the status checker for a few days/weeks (remember, a few years ago someone checked their GULC status checker more than 1,200 in one day!), and even better, you could reach out to the school about your interest right around when they will be looking at taking people. If only we knew…

…wait, we do know! The first real round should come a week or so after deposit deadlines for schools that don't hit their deposit goals (they usually give it a week for late mail/reaching out to people/etc.). So LOCI timing around deposit deadlines is a very good idea.

But there is also a hidden date. May 15th marks the first Seat Deposit Overlap Report. Among others things (e.g. “Hey, you get the heck off of that school's commitment report or we are going to yank your scholarship”), many schools often use this to determine potential waitlist needs. Indeed, even schools that may be up in deposits this year versus last could utilize the waitlist substantially if the commitment report doesn’t look favorable. So when's another good time to ping a law school? Right after May 15th.

Being admitted off the waitlist involves a number of variables, but being at the right place at the right times is certainly one of them. Fortunately, we know some of those times, and we have listed the top 50 law schools' seat deposit deadlines below. Put them to good use!


Disclaimer: some schools have seat deposit deadlines that vary depending on date of admission. Some dates reflect only the first deposit deadline, and there may be a second deposit deadline that is not noted. Some schools we had to call to ask, and we can’t verify with absolute certainty if the information we were given on the phone may change.


2021 Seat Deposit Deadlines

  • Yale University: May 1, 2021
  • Stanford University: May 1, 2021
  • Harvard University: May 1, 2021
  • Columbia University: May 1, 2021
  • University of Chicago: May 1, 2021
  • New York University: May 1, 2021
  • University of Pennsylvania: May 1, 2021
  • University of Virginia: (1) April 29, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • Northwestern University: April 30, 2021
  • University of California--Berkeley: (1) April 30, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021 ($0 enrollment commitment)
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor: (1) April 30, 2021, (2) June 15, 2021
  • Duke University: April 23, 2021
  • Cornell University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) May 15, 2021
  • Georgetown University: (1) May 1, (2) June 1
  • University of California--Los Angeles: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 15, 2021
  • University of Texas--Austin: April 15, 2021
  • Washington University in St. Louis: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Southern California: (1) May 1, 2021, (2) June 15, 2021 (Additional Scholarship Deposit Deadline: April 1, 2021)
  • Vanderbilt University: (1) April 14, 2021, (2) May 12, 2021
  • Boston University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Minnesota: April 15, 2021
  • University of Notre Dame: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • George Washington University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021, (3) July 1, 2021
  • Arizona State University: (1) April 1, 2021, (2) May 3, 2021 (Additional Scholarship Deposit Deadline: March 1, 2021)
  • Emory University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 15, 2021
  • University of Florida: April 15, 2021
  • Fordham University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of California--Irvine: April 15, 2021
  • University of Iowa: (1) April 1, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill: (1) April 12, 2021, (2) June 7, 2021
  • Boston College: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) May 15, 2021
  • University of Alabama: April 1, 2021
  • University of Georgia: (1) April 24, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign: (1) April 19, 2021, (2) May 24, 2021
  • Washington and Lee University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • William & Mary Law School: April 15, 2021
  • Brigham Young University: (1) April 5, 2021, (2) June 7, 2021
  • Indiana University--Bloomington: April 1, 2021 ($0 enrollment commitment)
  • Ohio State University: April 1, 2021
  • University of California--Davis: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison: (1) May 3, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • George Mason University: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Washington: May 1, 2021
  • Wake Forest University: (1) April 1, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • University of Utah: (1) April 30, 2021, (2) June 4, 2021 (orientation fee) (Additional Scholarship Deposit Deadline: April 16, 2021)
  • University of Colorado--Boulder: May 1, 2021
  • Pepperdine University Caruso: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 15, 2021
  • University of Arizona: April 2
  • University of Maryland: April 12, 2021
  • Baylor University: (1) May 1, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021
  • Florida State University: April 15, 2021
  • University of Connecticut: (1) April 15, 2021, (2) June 1, 2021