JD Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to The George Washington University Law School! Located four blocks from the White House, three blocks from the U.S. State Department and across the street from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, we are truly in the heart of Washington, DC. Working with our dynamic faculty and engaged alumni, we strive to create personal pathways to help our students achieve their goals. To learn more about GW Law, view the 2017–18 JD Admissions Brochure. Feel free to stop by and say hello, take a tour or sit in on a class. We look forward to meeting you and reviewing your application.

Sophia Sim,
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid


Ways to Apply

Choose one of three ways to apply for admission to GW Law.

  1. Regular Admission Process
  2. Binding Early Decision Process
  3. Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program (Full Tuition)

Applications must be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org. All applicants also must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and send their official transcripts to LSAC.

1. Regular Admission Process

The fall JD application deadline is March 1 for those seeking admission through the regular process. Regular admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between November and May. Admitted applicants will be required to make nonrefundable seat deposits between April and July.

2. Binding Early Decision Process

The Binding Early Decision Program is designed for applicants who have researched their law school choices and are certain that GW Law is their top choice. This program allows applicants a means of expressing to the Admissions Committee their commitment to attend GW Law if admitted. Early Decision applicants are given priority review.

As part of the application for Early Decision, applicants must agree that, upon admission to GW Law, they will:

  • Commit to attend George Washington University Law School and pay a non-refundable seat-deposit for fall 2018 enrollment.
  • Within five business days of admission to George Washington University Law School, withdrawal all applications pending at other law schools and not initiate applications to any other law schools for fall 2018 admission.

Admitted applicants will be eligible for need-based grants; applicants for whom merit award consideration is a prerequisite for matriculation should not apply through this program.

The application deadline is February 1.

3. Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program (Full Tuition)

The Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program is designed for applicants who have researched their law school choices and are certain that GW Law is their top choice. Unlike the Binding Early Decision Program, applicants admitted through the Presidential Merit Scholarship Program will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

The admissions process is rolling; applying early in the admissions cycle is strongly encouraged. Part-time students are welcome to apply through the Presidential Merit Scholarship Program.

As part of the Presidential Merit Scholarship application, applicants must agree that, upon admission to GW Law, they will:

  • Commit to attend George Washington University Law School and pay a non-refundable seat-deposit for fall 2018 enrollment.
  • Within five business days of admission to George Washington University Law School, withdrawal all applications pending at other law schools and not initiate applications to any other law schools for fall 2018 admission.

Applicants who apply through the Presidential Merit Scholarship Program but are not admitted with a full tuition scholarship automatically will be considered for admission in the regular admission process. If admitted under the regular process, applicants are no longer bound to attend GW Law.

The application deadline is February 1.

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed application, including résumé
  • A two-page personal statement
  • LSAT scores (taken within the last five years)
  • All official academic transcripts
  • At least one letter of recommendation via CAS
Please note that application fees for all first-year JD applicants have been waived.

Contact Admissions

Contact JD Admissions

700 20th Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 202.994.7230 admissions@law.gwu.edu

2017-2018 Admissions Timeline

October 1, 2017

First day JD applications accepted for Fall 2018.

November 15, 2017
Transfer/visiting student deadline for Spring 2018.

February 1, 2018
Deadline to submit Early Decision application.

February 1, 2018
Deadline to submit Presidential Merit Scholarship application.

March 1, 2018
Early action transfer deadline for Fall 2018.

March 1, 2018
First-year JD regular decision application deadline.

May 10, 2018
Visiting student deadline for Summer 2017.

June 15, 2018
Transfer/visiting student deadline for Fall 2018.