Know your law school deposit deadlines

Updated: 2019 Seat Deposit Deadlines

Disclaimer: some schools have seat deposit deadlines that vary depending on date of admission. Some dates reflect 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.


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. Put them to good use!

2019 Deposit Deadlines

  • Yale University: May 1, 2019
  • Stanford University: May 1, 2019
  • Harvard University: May 1, 2019 ($0 commitment)
  • University of Chicago: May 1, 2019
  • Columbia University: May 1, 2019
  • New York University: May 1, 2019
  • University of Pennsylvania: May 1, 2019
  • University of Michigan—Ann Arbor: April 30, 2019
  • University of California—Berkeley: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) May 15, 2019 ($0 commitment)
  • University of Virginia: (1) April 23, 2019; (2) June 3, 2019
  • Duke University: April 22, 2019
  • Northwestern University: April 24, 2019
  • Cornell University: April 15, 2019
  • Georgetown University: (1) May 1, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Texas—Austin: April 15, 2019
  • University of California—Los Angeles: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 14, 2019
  • Vanderbilt University: (1) April 17, 2019; (2) May 22, 2019
  • Washington University in St. Louis: (1) April 8, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Southern California: (1) May 1, 2019; (2) July 1, 2019
  • University of Minnesota: April 15, 2019
  • University of California—Irvine: April 15, 2019
  • Boston University: April 15, 2019
  • Emory University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 3, 2019
  • George Washington University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019; (3) July 1, 2019
  • University of Notre Dame: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • Washington and Lee University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • Arizona State University: (1) April 1, 2019; (2) May 1, 2019
  • Boston College: April 10, 2019
  • University of Alabama: Varies based on date of admission
  • University of Iowa: (1) April 1, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison: (1) May 1, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • Indiana University—Bloomington: April 8, 2019 ($0 commitment)
  • Ohio State University: April 15, 2019 or May 1, 2019, depending on date of admission
  • University of Georgia: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Washington: May 1, 2019
  • Wake Forest University: (1) April 1, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • Fordham University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 3, 2019
  • University of California—Davis: April 15, 2019
  • University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) May 20, 2018
  • William & Mary Law School: May 1, 2019
  • Brigham Young University: (1) April 5, 2019; (2) June 3, 2019
  • George Mason University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Arizona: April 2, 2019
  • University of Florida: April 1, 2019
  • University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 7, 2019
  • University of Colorado—Boulder: (1) May 9, 2019; (2) May 30, 2019
  • Florida State University: April 15, 2019
  • Temple University: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 15, 2019
  • University of Maryland: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 3, 2019
  • Baylor University: (1) May 1, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • Southern Methodist University: April 1, 2019
  • University of Connecticut: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019
  • University of Richmond: (1) April 15, 2019; (2) June 1, 2019