Early Decision Option
The binding Early Decision program is designed 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. In return for the Law School's commitment to give an Early Decision applicant a decision by mid-December, 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 program may apply to other law schools, but may not apply to any other binding early decision programs. If admitted under the 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.
The Early Decision program is not for everyone. Students admitted under this program restrict their law school choice in return for the certainty of learning an admission decision much 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 applications must be submitted by November 15; all application components, including letters of recommendation and the LSAC Law School Report, must be received by the Admissions Office by that date. An Early Decision applicant must take the LSAT no later than the September/October administration, and must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service no later than October 10. (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.
The Law School will send a decision no later than December 15. By that date, 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 will be required to submit a $600 deposit by January 15.
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