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For those students who have carefully researched their law school opportunities, the Early Decision Program option provides an expeditious evaluation and decision by the Admissions Committee. This early notification enables successful early decision candidates to pursue their educational, professional and familial engagements, and responsibilities free of the time, expense and anxiety associated with the typical law school application process.

The Early Decision Program is designed for those applicants who have considered their law school options carefully and are confident that the University of Washington School of Law is their clear first choice. Admission through the Early Decision Program is competitive, as applicants are evaluated under the same criteria as those who apply during the regular admissions cycle.

In choosing the Early Decision Program option, applicants are expected to commit to the University of Washington School of Law, if admitted, and may not apply Early Decision to any other law school in the same admissions cycle.

Once notified of their admittance to UW Law, applicants must:

  • Withdraw applications from other law schools
  • Refrain from initiating applications to other law schools
  • Submit their seat deposit by the deadline stated in their admission letter

The Early Decision Program is not for everyone. While awaiting the outcome of their Early Decision application at UW Law, applicants are permitted to apply to other law schools, with the understanding that they must withdraw these other applications upon being notified of their admittance to UW Law. Admitted students forego the opportunity to entertain admission, financial aid or scholarship offers from other law schools. Students who have not had an opportunity to research law schools thoroughly prior to applying may end up being dissatisfied at having restricted their choices.

UW Law reserves the right to rescind an admission offer in the event that an admitted applicant fails to comply with the policies of this binding Early Decision Program, and the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants accepted under our Early Decision Program.

Application Deadline

All application components must be submitted by November 15. An Early Decision Program applicant must have an LSAT score on file for review. Applications that are incomplete by the deadline will be considered under the regular admissions process, and applicants will be so informed.

Scholarships for Early Decision Admitted Students

Successful Early Decision Program applicants will have advanced consideration of merit scholarship awards. Once admitted, applicants are required to submit a scholarship application through the Admitted Students' Portal. Scholarship notifications for Early Decision Program admitted students will be issued by January 15. This award may or may not be your final award, but it is the minimum amount of merit aid you will receive. Thus, the applicant should be in a position to commit to attending UW Law even though they will not have a complete financial aid package at the time of their admission decision.

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