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Early Decision Options

For the 2018-19 application season, we offer two binding Early Decision programs (I and II) for applicants who have considered and investigated their law school options carefully and are confident that the University of Michigan Law School is their clear first choice. (For 2019-20, we will return to a single early decision round, for which applicants should take the LSAT at or prior to the late October sitting; details will be available in summer 2019.) In return for the Law School's commitment to give an Early Decision applicant a decision by a particular date, applicants must restrict their law school choices and commit, at the time of application, to attend Michigan Law School if admitted. Applicants to our Early Decision programs may apply to other law schools, but may not apply to any other binding early decision programs. If admitted under an Early Decision program, applicants must withdraw any existing applications to other law schools (regardless of the status of those applications), as well as not initiate any new applications. While Early Decision candidates are evaluated for admission according to the same selection criteria that apply to all candidates, their clear enthusiasm for Michigan Law School as their first choice will be taken into account. 

Early Decision programs are not for everyone. Students admitted under these programs restrict their law school choice in return for the certainty of learning an admission decision earlier than is typical. While Early Decision applicants are eligible for merit- and need-based financial grants on the same terms as every other admitted student, students for whom financial aid considerations are paramount are not well-suited for this program: Financial aid decisions are not made until later in the season, and those admitted under Early Decision will not have an opportunity to compare awards from other schools. Likewise, 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.

Early Decision I applications must be submitted by November 1; all application components, including letters of recommendation and the LSAC Law School Report, must be received by the Admissions Office by that date. Early Decision I applicants must take the LSAT no later than the September administration. Early Decision II applications must be submitted by December 7, and applicants must take the LSAT no later than the November administration. Please note that scores for the November LSAT administration will not be released before December 8, so Early Decision II applicants should be sure to submit all other application materials by the December 7 deadline.

Early Decision applications that are incomplete by the deadline will be automatically considered as part of the regular admissions process, and applicants will be so informed. Early Decision applicants must indicate on the application form that they are applying for the binding program by checking the Early Decision box, as well as by signing the Early Decision certification. 

For Early Decision I, the Law School will send a decision no later than December 1; for Early Decision II, we will send a decision no later than January 15. Early Decision applicants will be notified that they have been admitted, held for further review under the regular admissions process, or denied. (An applicant whose file is held for further review will, of course, not be bound to attend if later admitted under the regular admissions process.) 

Applicants admitted via Early Decision I will be required to submit a $600 deposit by January 5; Early Decision II deposits will be due by February 1. 

Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions about our Early Decision options or timeline.