Early Decision Program
Early Decision is a binding process designed for applicants who have researched their law school options and have determined that Notre Dame Law School is their top choice. Applying via Early Decision allows students to express their high level of interest in attending Notre Dame Law School. The Admissions Committee gives priority review to Early Decision applications. Students admitted via Early Decision will receive information regarding their scholarship offer (if any) at the time of admission; students admitted via Regular Decision will learn of their scholarship status beginning in mid-February.
Students may submit the Early Decision and Regular Decision applications beginning September 1. The application deadline for Early Decision is February 1 and all supporting documents must be on file by February 15. The application deadline for Regular Decision is March 15 and all supporting documents must be on file by March 25.
Students who wish to receive a decision by late-December must submit a complete Early Decision application by November 15. Students who submit a complete Early Decision application after November 15 will likely receive a decision after January 1.
Students who apply via Early Decision and plan to take either the November LSAT or a GRE after November 1 may not receive their admissions decision until early-January.
The Admissions Committee may withhold issuing decisions on Early Decision applicants who are current undergraduates until after receiving their fall semester/quarter grades.
As part of the Early Decision application process, students must agree to the following:
- The student will not have an active binding early-decision application to another law school. The student may have active applications to other law schools via a non-binding early admissions process or via regular action/decision admissions processes.
- If admitted to Notre Dame Law School via binding Early Decision, the student will provide their confirmation deposit by the deadline noted on their decision letter (typically within 10 business days).
- If admitted to Notre Dame Law School via binding Early Decision, the student will immediately withdraw all pending applications to other law schools and will not initiate further applications during the admissions cycle.
- If admitted to Notre Dame Law School via binding Early Decision, the student will not submit any further applications to other law schools for the remainder of the 2021-2022 application 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 the waitlist. Students who are offered a place on the waitlist and are later admitted to Notre Dame Law School do not have to abide by the above requirements.
Early Decision applicants are welcome to apply with scores from either the LSAT, GRE, or both. Applicants must submit all valid exams scores from the last five years. Students may review our full policy on standardized exams.