Early Decision Program
Students interested in attending Notre Dame Law School may apply to the J.D. program via either Early or Regular Decision.
Early Decision is a binding process designed for applicants who have researched their law school options and have determined that NDLS is their top choice. Applying via Early Decision allows students to express their level of interest in attending Notre Dame Law School. The Admissions Committee gives priority review and scholarship consideration 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.
Both the Early and Regular Decision applications opened on September 1. The application deadline for Early Decision is February 15 and all supporting documents must be on file by March 1. The application deadline for Regular Decision is March 15 and all supporting documents must be on file by March 25. Students who wish to possibly receive a decision by late-December must submit a complete Early Decision application by November 15.
Students who apply via Early Decision and plan to sit for the November LSAT may not receive a decision until early-January.
The Admissions Committee may withhold 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 NDLS 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 NDLS via binding Early Decision, the student will immediately withdraw all pending applications to other law schools.
- If admitted to NDLS via binding Early Decision, the student will not submit further applications to other law schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 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.
Students may apply for Early or Regular Decision via either the LSAC or NDLS Applications.
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. View the full policy on standardized exams https://law.nd.edu/admissions/apply/standardized-test-policy.