Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  The admissions process is designed for applicants to demonstrate their potential for the study of law. Brandeis School of Law is a welcoming community, which actively recruits qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Admission into the UofL School of Law is competitive, however a wide range of numerical scores matriculate each year.  Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university prior to enrollment. All undergraduate majors are acceptable, with courses that emphasize critical reasoning, writing and communication skills recognized as good preparation for the study of law.

Please note that Transfers and Visitors and International applicants have separate requirements.


Applications are accepted beginning October 1 for the following fall. Applicants are urged to apply before March 1, however applications are accepted until April 15. Both full-time and part-time first-year students must start classes in the fall semester.


To assit in the application process, we have put together an Application Checklist for you to reference and use.



Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available and based on financial need or based on participation in certain programs, including Teach for America and Americorps. Fee waivers are also granted to those who serve or are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The application fee is also waived for former and current UofL students, including Harlan Scholars. To request a fee waiver, please fill out our Fee Waiver Application

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Admission Committee begins its evaluation of files in December of the year before admission, with the majority of decisions made in the period from mid-January to early April. Every applicant will receive notification as to the status of the application (accept, hold, deny) shortly after the initial review by the Admission Committee.

Those applicants who are placed on hold by the Committee will be reconsidered in the late spring or early summer after more information is available on the entire group of applicants. The most promising applicants remaining on hold after admission decisions are completed in the spring will be placed on a wait list and kept informed of their status over the summer months.

Upon acceptance

Admitted students will be required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with two tuition seat deposits, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester. The deadlines will be stated on the letter of admission. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in admission revocation. The first seat deposit (for the fall term) is due by April 15 or by the stated date in your offer of admission. The second tuition deposit is due by June 2.  Both deposits are non refundable.  Admitted students are also required to submit two official degree showing transcripts.  More information on the requirements will be given at the time of admission.

A mandatory first year orientation will take place just prior to the first week of classes.