Early Decision Program
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.
All application components must be submitted by November 15. An
Early Decision Program applicant must take the LSAT no later than the October
administration. Applications that are incomplete by the deadline will be
considered under the regular admissions process, and applicants will be so
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: 1) withdraw
applications from other law schools; 2) refrain from initiating applications to
other law schools; 3) submit their Statement of Intent to register; and 4)
submit their seat deposit by the deadline stated in their admission letter.
Applicants who apply for Early Decision, but are not admitted, will either be:
1) considered for admission in the regular admission process; 2) placed on the
general wait list; or 3) informed that their application for admission has been
denied (not able to continue in the current year’s application cycle).
Successful Early Decision Program applicants will be notified of merit
scholarship awards 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
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 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.
The University of Washington School of Law reserves the right to rescind an
admission offer in the event that an admitted applicant fails to comply with
this binding Early Decision Program policies, and the right to provide other law
schools with the names of applicants accepted under our Early Decision Program.