A look at past UIUC applicants…
One of the most helpful tools for any applicant to law school is good research. With approximately 200 law schools to choose from and a very competitive application process, it is important to have good information to help guide your efforts and choices. With the 2022-2023 Application Cycle quickly approaching, we have compiled some helpful insights from recent years to assist in your information-gathering efforts!
When to Submit? Law admissions is a rolling admissions process, meaning law schools will be extending admission offers throughout the application period. Most applications will open in September and close in mid-spring (typically March) – be sure to check specific deadlines for the schools you are most interested in! While it is not necessary to submit applications within the first few weeks of the application period, you do want to be strategic with your submission timeline. We highly recommend submitting applications during the first half of the cycle. Last year, 65% of all UIUC applications were completed and submitted prior to February 1.
Where to Apply? Determining where to apply is an important part of the application process. Any school you apply to should be a school that you would potentially attend. In determining where to apply, you should first clarify your individual admission goals and priorities – these can range from academic offerings to geographic location to cost. Once you have determined your individual preferences, you can begin looking for schools that will fit these needs and goals. UIUC applicants applied to over 150 different law schools from across the country last year alone!
Below is a list highlighting the 50 schools* where Illini students submitted the most applications during the 2021-2022 application cycle. The top ten are in bold.
|AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW|
|ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY|
|BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL|
|BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW|
|COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|CORNELL LAW SCHOOL|
|DEPAUL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW|
|DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL|
|GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER|
|HARVARD LAW SCHOOL|
|HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|INDIANA U ROBERT H. MCKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|INDIANA UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW-BLOOMINGTON|
|LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW|
|MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL|
|MICHIGAN STATE UNIV COLLEGE OF LAW|
|NEW ENGLAND LAW- BOSTON|
|NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY|
|NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW|
|NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL|
|SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW|
|STANFORD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL|
|TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY|
|UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA|
|UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES|
|UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY|
|UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS|
|UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA|
|UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW CENTER|
|UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA|
|UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL|
|UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW|
|UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LAW SCHOOL|
|VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL|
|WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW|
|YALE LAW SCHOOL|
*School names appear as reported by LSAC. Data as of April 2022.
Generally speaking, you should apply to a variety of schools to maximize your opportunities for success! Be sure to speak with a PLAS advisor or attend an upcoming workshop for more information on creating your list of schools!
A great way to explore and learn more about law schools is by attending a law school fair. UIUC is hosting an in-person law fair this fall.
Don’t Miss out!
Illinois Law School Fair | September 28, 2022
How will my academic program be measured? Law schools are looking for academically accomplished candidates from all majors. Ideally, your major has allowed you to explore your interests, engage in professional learning opportunities, helped you develop necessary skills for law school, solidified your interest in the legal profession, and provided an opportunity for you to excel academically. The social science majors make up the largest portion of law applicants each year, but UIUC applicants hail from a wide range of disciplines. Below is a list of some of the majors* represented amongst the 2021-2022 UIUC applicants.
- AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
- ANIMAL SCIENCES
- BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
- CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
- CIVIL ENGINEERING
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
- ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
- FAMILY RELATIONS/CHILD DEVELOPMENT
- HOSPITAL/HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
- INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
- INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
- POLITICAL SCIENCE
- RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES
- SOCIAL WORK
*Majors are picked from pre-determined titles and may not reflect exact titles of academic majors at UIUC.
How successful are UIUC applicants? The short answer is – VERY! Each individual applying to law school should shape their application strategy and process to fit their own individual needs and goals. UIUC is consistently ranked as one of the top US feeder schools to ABA-approved law schools in the country. In addition, during the 2020-2021 admission cycle, approximately 88% of UIUC senior applicants were admitted to law school compared to approximately 68% of all applicants nationwide, with the 2020-2021 admission cycle considered one of the most competitive application cycle in the past 10 years (and possible beyond). Stay tuned for additional details regarding applicants from the 2021-2022 cycle or check out our Instagram to see our featured ILLINI beginning law school this fall!
Meet with a Pre-Law Advising Expert!
Each year UIUC applicants present a diverse set of credentials and qualities to law schools across the country. We welcome the opportunity to support you on your individual journey to law school and hope to speak with you soon!