Early Decision Program

Applicants who have carefully considered UCLA School of Law and are certain that it is their best law school choice have the option to apply through our Early Decision Program. By applying through the Early Decision Program, you commit to attend UCLA Law if you are admitted and also commit not to apply through an early decision program to any other law school in the same admissions cycle. Once notified of admittance to UCLA Law, Early Decision applicants must: (1) withdraw applications from all other law schools; (2) refrain from initiating applications to other law schools; and (3) submit their Statement of Intent to Register and seat deposit by the deadline stated in their admission letter. Students who apply through the Early Decision Program for enrollment in 2017 will be informed whether or not they are admitted through this program by the end of December, 2016.

Admission through the Early Decision Program is competitive; in recent years, the percentage of accepted applicants in this program is similar to our overall admissions rate. While every application is assessed individually and holistically, we have found in recent years that the median GPA of students accepted in this program is similar to our overall median GPA; the median LSAT of students accepted to this program is often slightly below our overall median LSAT. Early Decision admits will be considered for need-based financial aid on exactly the same basis as every other admitted student, but Early Decision admits will not be considered for merit-based financial aid. Thus, the Early Decision program is appropriate for candidates who have concluded that UCLA School of Law is their first-choice for law school and do not anticipate the need to compare offers of financial aid in making a decision about where to matriculate. It is important to note that, as an Early Decision admit, you will likely be asked to confirm your intent to enroll and pay your seat deposit at UCLA School of Law before you receive notification of any need-based financial aid award, if any.

While awaiting the outcome of their Early Decision application at UCLA Law, applicants are permitted to apply to other law schools, with the understanding that they must withdraw these other applications upon being notified of their admittance to UCLA Law.

UCLA School of Law reserves the right to revoke an admission offer in the event that an admitted applicant fails to comply with this binding Early Decision Program Agreement.

If an applicant is denied to the Early Decision Program, the decision is final for fall 2017. There will not be a re-review of the file during the regular admissions cycle. Denied and waitlisted applicants can continue to consider other law schools.

To apply, a completed Early Decision Program Agreement and all necessary application materials must be received no later than November 15, 2016. Early Decision Program applicants must take the LSAT no later than September 2016. All decisions will be made by the end of December 2016.