If you’re looking for a place where you can engage deeply with professors and peers, enjoy your time outside of class, and position yourself for a successful career after graduation, you’ll find it at Cornell Law School.
“The close camaraderie of the student body and the one-on-one attention from professors lends to an individualized and personal education like none I have experienced before.”
Sophia Rogers '25
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Admissions Office.
A complete application consists of the following:
Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
Pay our $80 non-refundable application fee via online charge
Submit transcripts to LSAC for processing
Submit letters of recommendation to LSAC for processing
Complete accuracy is required in all statements made on any portion of the application. To ensure that decisions are based on factual information, we audit some applications at random each year.
In addition, you are required to update us about any changes that take place after submission of the application (enrolled students must submit any updates to the character and fitness portion of the application by October 1 of the 1L (first year) of law school). Inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading statements, or failure to update, can result in withdrawal of admission offers, honor code proceedings, dismissal from Cornell Law School, rescission or cancellation of any degrees you may have received from Cornell Law School, or other disciplinary sanctions.
Note: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Your application and all supporting documents must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) by the following deadlines:
Early Decision: January 1
Regular Decision: March 1
Transfer or Visitor applications: Open September 1 but will receive a later decision
Note: Binding early decision applicants admitted without an LSAT score who subsequently take the LSAT will be subject to admission reconsideration. In the event admission is rescinded, any seat deposits paid will be refunded.
Because of the high volume of applications, emails, and telephone calls the Admissions Office receives, we ask that you use the Check Applicant Status Online page to monitor your application status.
How to Use the Applicant Status Online System
You will receive an email from our Admissions Office acknowledging receipt of your application, along with a user name and password. The first time you log in, you will be prompted to change your password for future use. Keep your username and password in a safe place, but if you misplace this information, call us for assistance at (607) 255-5141 or send an email.
Your Applicant Status Online will reflect your current status, along with a message providing more detail about your application. Refer to this status page for the most up-to-date information throughout the application cycle.
The Right Location
We’ve been named the best college town nationally by various publications. When you visit Ithaca, you’ll see why. The backdrop to the Cornell Law experience is Ithaca, a beautiful and cosmopolitan small city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
We are kicking off Women`s History Month here at Cornell Law School by recognizing Mary Kennedy Brown—the Law School`s first woman lawyer in 1893! Learn more about Brown and all the notable women graduates that followed her by clicking the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellUniversity #WomensHistoryMonth
It all starts here (swipe to see where it ends)! Cornell Law School`s Admitted Student Day is fast approaching! There will be two sessions this year; the first is March 22, and the second is April 12. Join our ever-growing community of lawyers who are fully prepared for the challenges of the legal landscape and ready to make an impact! For more info, visit link in bio! #CornellLawSchool #AdmittedStudentDay #lawyersinthebestsense #todothegreatestgood
In honor of Black History Month, join us in recognizing the accomplishments of George W. Fields, who was Cornell Law School’s first Black American graduate and one of the first three Black Americans to graduate from the university. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellUniversity #blackhistorymonth
Experiential learning is at the heart of a Cornell Law School education, something Lucy Oh ’25 experienced firsthand as part of our Advanced Immigration Law & Advocacy Clinic. Lucy gained valuable real world experience while providing a vital service to our immigrant communities locally and regionally.
Visit the link in our bio to learn how you can help strengthen and enhance these experiences!
"The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic gives me the opportunity to work directly with clients, something that traditional law school courses do not." Claire Dobbs `24 is just one CLS student lending her skills and knowledge to our local community.
Read more about this collaborative effort with the Dyson School, at the link in our bio.
Veterans Law Practicum faculty co-lead, Professor Jimmy Hardwick, joined @WHCUradio on the All Things Equal show earlier this fall to discuss the critical gap that Cornell’s Law’s newest practicum fills for former servicemen and women. To learn more about how you can support the Veterans Law Practicum in the final days of their crowdfunding efforts, visit the link in our bio.
Today, the law school held a "Book Celebration" for the publication "Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance" by Karen Levy, Associate Member of the Law Faculty & Associate Professor, Dept. of Information Science, Cornell University. Professor Kristen Underhill (Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Professor of Law) moderated and G.S. Hans, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, and Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, Cornell Law & Cornell Tech Campus were discussants. #CornellLawSchool #CornellTech #CornellBowerCIS
Check out how the Gender Justice Clinic took their advocacy for victims of military sexual assault to an international level! Faculty, students, and alumni presented recommendations on this issue and sex workers` rights in hearings before the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland last month. To learn more, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellLawClinics #GenderJustice #Advocacy #HumanRights