2014 Early Decision Program

Early Decision Program

Applicants who have thoroughly researched their law school options and who have identified Northwestern as their first choice law school may wish to apply through the binding Early Decision program.

Applicants who are admitted through the Early Decision program and who begin the three-year JD program in Fall 2015 will receive a $150,000 merit scholarship, split evenly over the three years of their legal education. The only requirement is to maintain good academic standing and remain enrolled in classes at the Law School.


Northwestern's Early Decision program is binding. If admitted through the Early Decision program, you must commit to matriculating at Northwestern and submit a nonrefundable $750 seat deposit by the date indicated on your letter of admission. You also must withdraw all of your applications to other schools and refrain from initiating any new applications if and when you are notified of your acceptance through the Early Decision program. You may not be an Early Decision candidate at more than one law school.

To be considered for Early Decision, your application must be complete, including your Credential Assembly Service Law School Report, by December 1, 2014. (Accordingly, in order to make sure your application is complete by the December 1 deadline, it would be in your best interest to submit your application by November 15, 2014 if you are applying through LSAC.) The October LSAT administration is the last acceptable score for consideration as an Early Decision candidate.

An interview is mandatory for Early Decision candidates. On-campus or Skype interviews must be completed by November 15, 2014 to be considered for Early Decision. To request an off-campus interview, Early Decision applicants must submit an application by October 25, 2014, and answer the interview question on the application. You are encouraged to sign up for your interview or submit your application as soon as possible to ensure that there are appointments available. All admissions interviews are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must sign and return the Early Decision Certification (pdf) directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Your Early Decision Certification will not be transmitted by the Credential Assembly Service. You will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by the end of December.