Early Decision Information & Deadlines for Every ABA-Accredited Law School

Information current as of 8/8/18. Note that while, in undergraduate admissions, “early decision” typically refers to binding programs and “early action” to non-binding, we have used the terminology used by the schools themselves in this list.


Yale University
None

Stanford University
None

Harvard University
None

University of Chicago
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Columbia University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

New York University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

University of Pennsylvania
Binding Early Decision Round 1 (deadline November 15)
Binding Early Decision Round 2 (deadline January 7)

University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
Binding Early Decision I (deadline November 1)
Binding Early Decision II (deadline December 7)

University of California—Berkeley
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program ($25,000/year scholarship guaranteed, deadline November 13)

University of Virginia
Binding Expedited Decision Program (decision within 15 business days of receipt of all application materials, deadline March 4)

Duke University
Binding Early Decision Round I (deadline November 1)
Binding Early Decision Round II (deadline January 3)

Northwestern University
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program ($50,000/year scholarship guaranteed, deadline December 1)

Cornell University
Binding Early Decision Round I (deadline November 1)
Binding Early Decision Round II (deadline January 9)

Georgetown University
Binding Early Decision Program (no deadline, but decision will be mailed within 3 weeks of receipt of all application materials if application is in by February 1)

University of Texas—Austin
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program (non-residents get in-state tuition + $1,000/year stipend; in-state residents get $10,000/year stipend; deadline November 1)

University of California—Los Angeles
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

Vanderbilt University
None

Washington University in St. Louis
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program (full tuition scholarship guaranteed, decision guaranteed within 2 weeks of receipt of all application materials, deadline February 1)

University of Southern California
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program (at least half tuition scholarship guaranteed, deadline November 15)

University of Minnesota
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline January 15)

University of California—Irvine
None

Boston University
“BU-Bound” Binding Decision Program (deadline January 9)
(Scholarship) Distinguished Scholar Binding Early Decision Program (full tuition merit scholarship guaranteed, deadline November 14)

Emory University
(Scholarship) Binding Early Decision Program (minimum $15,000/year scholarship guaranteed, decision guaranteed within 14 days of receipt of all application materials, deadline March 1)

George Washington University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline February 1)
(Scholarship) Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program (full tuition scholarship guaranteed, deadline February 1)

University of Notre Dame
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

Washington and Lee University
None

Arizona State University
Non-Binding Early Admission (deadline November 15)
(Scholarship) Binding O’Connor Honors Program (full tuition scholarship guaranteed; deadline March 1)
(Scholarship) Binding O’Connor Merit Scholars Program (partial scholarship guaranteed; deadline March 1)
(Scholarship) Binding Indian Law Leadership Program (requires “demonstrated leadership potential and ties within Indian Country”; partial scholarship guaranteed; deadline March 1)

Boston College
None

University of Alabama
None

University of Iowa
None

University of Wisconsin—Madison
Binding Early Decision (deadline November 15)

Indiana University—Bloomington
Binding Early Commitment Option (deadline November 1)

Ohio State University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 20)

University of Georgia
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

University of Washington
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

Wake Forest University
None

Fordham University
Non-Binding Early Action (deadline October 15)

University of California—Davis
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 1)

University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign
None

William & Mary Law School
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline January 15)

Brigham Young University
None

George Mason University
(Scholarship) Binding Scalia Law Scholars Program (full tuition scholarship guaranteed; deadline December 15)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline January 15)

University of Arizona
None

University of Florida
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 15)

University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
None

University of Colorado—Boulder
None

Florida State University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 15)

Temple University
None

University of Maryland
None

Baylor University
Non-Binding Early Decision (deadline November 1)

Southern Methodist University
Non-Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

University of Connecticut
(Scholarship) Binding Early Action Program (partial scholarship guaranteed; deadline January 1)

University of Richmond
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Tulane University
None

University of Utah
None

University of Houston
Non-Binding Early Decision Program (decision rendered by end of February, deadline November 15)

Yeshiva University (Cardozo)
None

University of California—Hastings
None

Pennsylvania State University—Carlisle (Dickinson)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Pepperdine University
None

Seton Hall University
None

University of Nevada—Las Vegas
None

University of Denver (Sturm)
None
University of Oklahoma
None

Case Western Reserve University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline March 1)

Georgia State University
None

Loyola Marymount University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

University of Cincinnati
None

University of Kentucky
None

University of Miami
None

University of Missouri
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

University of Tennessee—Knoxville
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Villanova University
Binding Early Decision Round 1 (deadline November 15)
Binding Early Decision Round 2 (deadline February 15)

Loyola University Chicago
None

Northeastern University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)
Non-Binding Early Action Program (deadline December 1)

Pennsylvania State University—University Park
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
None

University of Kansas
None

University of Pittsburgh
Binding Priority Decision Program (decision guaranteed within 14 days of receipt of application materials, deadline April 1)

American University
Binding Early Decision Round 1 (deadline December 14)
Binding Early Decision Round 2 (deadline February 15)

Texas A&M University
None

University of Nebraska—Lincoln
None

Brooklyn Law School
(Scholarship) Binding Academic Excellence Early Decision Program (minimum 80% tuition scholarship guarantee, deadline December 1)

St. John's University
(Scholarship) Binding St. Thomas More Early Decision Program (full tuition scholarship guaranteed, deadline November 3)
Binding “Red Storm” Early Decision Program (deadline January 10)

Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)
Non-Binding Early Action Program (decision guaranteed by January 15, deadline December 15)

University of New Hampshire
None

University of Oregon
None

Louisiana State University
None

Michigan State University
None

St. Louis University
None

Syracuse University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline February 1)

University of Arkansas
None

University of New Mexico
None

University of South Carolina
None

Lewis & Clark College
None

Marquette University
None

University of San Diego
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 15)

Indiana University—Indianapolis (McKinney)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

Stetson University
None

Wayne State University
None

Drexel University
None

Florida International University
None

University of Hawaii
None

University of Mississippi
None

University of Tulsa
None

Albany Law School
None

University at Buffalo—SUNY
None

University of Maine
Non-Binding Early Action Program (decision guaranteed by December 31, deadline November 15)

West Virginia University
None

Hofstra University
Non-Binding Early Action Program (deadline November 15)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline April 15)

New York Law School
None

Catholic University of America
Non-Binding Early Decision Program (decision guaranteed by December 18, deadline December 1)

Cleveland State University
Binding Early Decision I (deadline November 15)
Binding Early Decision II (deadline January 1)

Gonzaga University
None

Santa Clara University
None

Texas Tech University
None

University of Louisville
None

University of St. Thomas
None

Duquesne University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 15)

University of Baltimore
None

University of Idaho
None

University of Missouri—Kansas City
None

University of Montana
None

Washburn University
None

Creighton University
Non-Binding Early Admission Program (decision guaranteed within 14 days, deadline November 30)

CUNY
None

Pace University
None

DePaul University
None

Howard University
None

Mercer University
None

Seattle University
None

University of South Dakota
None

Drake University
None

Quinnipiac University
None

University of Wyoming
None

Vermont Law School
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

University of Memphis
None

University of Toledo
None

Belmont University
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Chapman University
None

University of Arkansas—Little Rock
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline January 1)

University of Dayton
None

Widener University
None

Northern Illinois University
None

Suffolk University
None

University of Akron
None

Appalachian School of Law (VA)
None

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
None

Ave Maria School of Law
None

Barry University
None

California Western School of Law
None

Campbell University (NC)
Non-Binding Early Decision Program (deadline November 15)

Capital University (OH)
None

Charleston School of Law (SC)
None

Elon University (NC)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 1)

Faulkner University (Jones) (AL)
None

Florida A&M University
None

Florida Coastal School of Law
None

Golden Gate University (CA)
None

Liberty University (VA)
None

Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
None

Mississippi College
None

Mitchell Hamline School of Law (MN)
None

New England Law Boston (MA)
None

North Carolina Central University
None

Northern Kentucky University (Chase)
None

Nova Southeastern University (Broad) (FL)
None

Ohio Northern University (Pettit)
None

Oklahoma City University
None

Regent University (VA)
None

Roger Williams University (RI)
None

Samford University (Cumberland) (AL)
None

South Texas College of Law Houston
None

Southern Illinois University—Carbondale
None

Southern University Law Center (LA)
None

Southwestern Law School (CA)
None

St. Mary's University (TX)
None

St. Thomas University (FL)
None

Texas Southern University (Marshall)
None

The John Marshall Law School (IL)
None

Touro College (Fuchsberg) (NY)
None

University of Detroit Mercy (MI)
None

University of La Verne
None

University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth
None

University of North Dakota
None

University of San Francisco (CA)
None

University of the District of Columbia (Clarke)
None

University of the Pacific (McGeorge) (CA)
None

Valparaiso University (IN)
None

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
None

Western New England University (MA)
None

Western State Col. of Law at Argosy U. (CA)
None

Widener University Delaware
None

Willamette University (Collins) (OR)
Binding Early Decision Program (deadline December 15)