Early Decision

Students interested in attending Notre Dame Law School may apply via either Early or Regular Decision.

Early Decision is a binding process intended for applications who have researched their law school options and think NDLS is their top choice. Applying to NDLS via Early Decision allows applicants to express their special interest in attending the Law School. Early Decision applicants are given priority review and will be notified of both admission and scholarship status (if admitted) by the end of December. Regular Decision candidates will be notified of their status on a rolling basis beginning in December and will learn their scholarship status (if admitted) beginning in mid-February.

As part of the Early Decision process, students must agree to the following:

  • The student may not apply via a binding early decision program to another law school. The student may apply to other law schools via a non-binding early admissions process or via a regular action/decision admissions process.
  • If admitted to NDLS via Early Decision, the student will provide their confirmation deposit and enrollment materials by January 15, 2017.
  • If admitted to NDLS via Early Decision, the student will immediately withdraw all pending applications to other law schools and will not initiate further applications during the 2016-17 admissions cycle.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the void and cancellation of any admission and scholarship offers from Notre Dame Law School.

Students who apply via Early Decision may be admitted, denied, or offered a place on our waitlist. Students who are offered a place on our waitlist and are later admitted to NDLS do not have to abide by the above requirements.

Both the Early and Regular Decision applications open on September 1. The application deadline for Early Decision is November 1 and all supporting documents must be on file by November 15. The application deadline for Regular Decision is March 15 and all supporting documents must be on file by March 25.

Students may apply for Early or Regular Decision via either the LSAC or NDLS Applications.


Visit Us




Apply Online


Application Status