Early Decision Program

Early Decision Program

Applicants who have thoroughly researched their law school options and who have identified Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as their first choice law school are encouraged to apply through our binding Early Decision program.

Applicants admitted through the Early Decision program and who begin the three-year JD program in Fall 2019 will receive a $120,000 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.

Overview of the Process

Northwestern Pritzker Law's Early Decision program is binding. If admitted through the Early Decision program, you must commit to matriculating at Northwestern Pritzker Law 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 with binding contracts. 

Application Timeline

To be considered for the Early Decision program, your entire application must be complete by December 1, 2018. Accordingly, in order to make sure your application is complete by the December 1 deadline, it is in your best interest to submit your application by November 15, 2018. The September LSAT administration is the last admissible score for consideration as an Early Decision applicant. Early Decision applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the end of December.

Standardized Test

2019 Early Decision applicants may satisfy the Law School's admissions test requirement by submitting  the LSAT, the GRE, or both.  Through the CAS process, the Law School will be able to access the LSAT results and will consider those score(s) in its review if an applicant has previously taken it.  Additional guidance is detailed in our Application Instructions. 


Interviews are mandatory for all Early Decision applicants. Early Decision applicants may request an on-campus, off-campus, or online video interview. The deadline to request an off-campus interview for the Early Decision program is October 15, 2018. The deadline to complete on-campus interviews and online video interviews for the Early Decision program is November 15, 2018.  


As a requirement of the Early Decision application, you will be required to sign and return the 2019 Early Decision Certification directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Your Early Decision Certification cannot be transmitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. You may submit the Early Decision Certification to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid via email as a PDF attachment (admissions@law.northwestern.edu) or through regular USPS mail.