Types of applications
Schools use a variety of overlapping nomenclature when describing their admission options, so students should always read the fine print prior to applying to any programs.
Regular (non-binding) admission - most common
- Most law schools use rolling admission, offering admission continually from the time the application opens, usually around Sept. 1, until the class is full or the application deadline has passed.
- Admission deadlines vary by school, and students should submit their applications as early as possible.
- Admission deadlines vary by school, and students should submit their applications as early as possible once their materials are complete
Early (non-binding) admission
- If a student applies by a preferred deadline, they will receive a decision earlier in the admission cycle
Early (binding) decision
- Some schools offer students who are committed to entering their program a binding application option.
- If an early decision applicant is accepted, the applicant must then turn down all acceptances from other schools and withdraw any remaining pending applications.
- Students should look carefully at the terms of the early, binding application to determine whether or not applying to one would be in their best interest.