Alumni Short

Reserving and Deferring

Thank you for deciding to become a member of the next class at Cornell Law School!

Seat Deposit

To reserve your seat in our First Year Class (enroll in Fall 2016), we require two seat deposits (both are non-refundable), which are submitted in the following order:

  • $300 first deposit paid by May 1, 2016
  • $600 second deposit paid by June 1, 2016

Pay Now

JD Dean's Certification Form.  You must return this to us by July 1, 2016 and it must be from post-graduation, not before you received the degree.  

You must also have all university or college level institutions ever attended submit an official final transcript.  The degree granting institution must contain degree conferred and date of conferral to us by July 1, 2016. If the transcript that you applied with was your final transcript, that will suffice.

If these items have not been received or are not complete by July 1, 2016, you may not be able to matriculate in the fall.


University Housing Information

After you have paid your first deposit, we will send you a university housing information packet, including a housing application

Change of Contact Information

Let us know about any changes to your mailing address, phone number, or e-mail address, so we can reach you with any important information. E-mail any changes to

Deferring Admissions

If you would like to defer your admission to another year, please review our deferment policies listed below:

One-year deferral

We generally guarantee a deferral if the request is made in writing before May 15, 2016, and after we have sent you a letter approving your deferral request you must send us a $900.00 deposit within two weeks from the date our letter (the deposit is non-refundable but a portion is credited to tuition upon enrollment). Also the following conditions must be met:

Prior to February 1, 2017, you will need to submit:

  • An official final undergraduate transcript
  • A letter signed by you indicating what you have been doing for the period of your deferment and stating (1) that you have not registered in another law school in the interim year; (2) that you have not been convicted of a crime and no charges are pending; and (3) if you have served in the military, that any discharge you received was honorable

Please note that if you have not met these requirements prior to February 1, 2016, we will assume you have made other plans and will offer the position reserved for you to another who has applied for admission. Also, please remember that financial aid awards are not deferred; you need to reapply for financial aid for the year you intend to enroll. The deadline for receipt of next year's financial aid application is March 15, 2017.

Because granting your request means that another deserving candidate will be denied the opportunity to attend, we are doing so on the understanding that you will withdraw all pending applications to other schools, that you will not defer admission at another school to which you may be accepted, and that you will not apply for admission to any other school. Unlike several other top schools, we will not ask you to put this in writing, but we expect you to abide by this understanding as a condition to your deferral.

Two-year deferral

We generally only approve a two year deferral if you have a two year fellowship or nonprofit work commitment (e.g. Teach for America).

Late deferral requests

Requests for a deferral made after May 15, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.