Early Decision Option

The Early Decision Option (EDO) is designed for full and part-time prospective first-year law candidates who are positive that American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is their first choice. Since the evaluation for need-based financial aid cannot be reviewed by January 31, early decision is not recommended for candidates who need to know their full financial aid package before paying a deposit. We expect EDO candidates have researched a range of law schools and are committed to enrolling at AUWCL in the fall if offered admission.

The early decision process is easy and efficient. By applying through this process candidates save time, money, effort and the stress that comes with applying to multiple law schools. Additionally, candidates admitted early decision are considered first for merit scholarships. Other types of financial aid are awarded later in the admissions process. Candidates admitted through this option are eligible for our institutional need-based grants on the same terms as non-early decision candidates.

Applicants have the choice to apply for two separate Early Decision Options - December or January.

Fall 2018 Early Decision Deadlines:
  December Early Decision January Early Decision
Application Submission Deadline November 15, 2017 January 15, 2018
Application Completion Deadline November 30, 2017 January 15, 2018
Notification Date December 20, 2017 January 22, 2018
Seat Deposit Deadline January 31, 2018 January 31, 2018

Requirements for the Early Decision Option:

  • Your file is complete when we have received your completed application with all required questions answered, personal statement, resume, CAS report (at least one LSAT score, all undergraduate transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation), and the completed Early Decision Option Certification.
  • You may not apply for another binding early decision program at another law school.
  • If admitted to American University Washington College of Law under the Early Decision Option you must:
    • Submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $900 by January 31, 2018
    • Enroll at AUWCL
    • Withdraw all applications at other law schools regardless of your status
    • Not initiate any new applications
    • Not defer admission to a later year
    • Not switch between the full-time and part-time programs prior to enrollment

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with the terms of this agreement may have consequences. American University Washington College of Law reserves the right to report violations of this agreement of any kind to appropriate organizations including, but not limited to, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), state bar associations, and other law schools.