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 (ED) program.

Applicants admitted through the ED program and who begin the three-year JD program in Fall 2021 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 Law's ED program is binding. If admitted through the ED program, you must commit to matriculating at Northwestern Law and submit a nonrefundable $750 seat deposit by the date indicated within your letter of admission. Additionally, you must withdraw all of your applications to other law schools and refrain from initiating any new applications if and when you are notified of your acceptance through the ED program. You may not be an early decision candidate at more than one law school with binding contracts.  

Application Timeline

To be considered for Northwestern's ED program, your entire application must be complete by November 16, 2020. Accordingly, in order to make sure your application is complete (and contains the form, the CAS report, and your interview) by the November 16th deadline, it is in your best interest to submit your application by November 2, 2020. The October LSAT administration is the last opportunity to sit for the exam and to be considered for ED admission. ED applicants will be notified of their admission decision by the end of December. 

Standardized Test

2021 ED applicants may satisfy the Law School's admission test requirement by submitting the LSAT, the GRE, or both.  Through the CAS process, the Law School will be able to access 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

Completion of an online video interview is a requirement for ED applicants.  Upon submission of your ED application, the Office of Admissions will send you an invitation and detailed instructions to complete this requirement through our online video interview portal.   

Certification

As a requirement of the ED application, you will be required to sign and return the 2021 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. Please attach the Early Decision Certification to an email as a PDF, and send it to: admissions@law.northwestern.edu.