FAQs

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Early Decision program.

  1. When is the deadline for Early Decision?
  2. How do I apply for Early Decision?
  3. Is there an additional application fee for Early Decision?
  4. What if I'm taking the February LSAT? Can I still be considered for Early Decision?
  5. I am a transfer or 3+3 applicant. Can I apply for the Early Decision program?
  6. How much scholarship will I be awarded through the Early Decision program?
  7. When and how will I receive my decision?
  8. If I'm admitted to the Early Decision Program, can I still wait for other offers of admission from other schools?
  9. What happens to my file if I'm not admitted to the Early Decision program?
  10. Once I've applied to Early Decision, do I have the option to opt out of Early Decision and have my application reviewed for regular admission?

1. When is the deadline for Early Decision?

December 15, 2017
By December 15, 2017, you should have a complete application submitted to Willamette Law, including your CAS report with your transcripts, a current LSAT score, and two letters of recommendation. (See Application Requirements.) Students who are taking the December LSAT may apply for Early Decision so long as Willamette Law receives their application materials by December 15.


2. How do I apply for Early Decision?

Complete the same application as a regular JD application, as well as the Early Decision agreement on the last page of the application.


3. Is there an additional application fee for Early Decision?

No, there are no fees to apply to the Early Decision program. We do not want financial considerations to prevent anyone from applying to Willamette Law.


4. What if I'm taking the February LSAT? Can I still be considered for Early Decision?

Unfortunately, no. Applicants taking a February LSAT are not eligible for Early Decision.


5. I am a transfer or 3+3 applicant. Can I apply for the Early Decision program?

Unfortunately, no. Only applicants to the part- or full-time JD program are eligible to apply for the Early Decision program.


6. How much scholarship will I be awarded through the Early Decision program?

Applicants admitted to the program are guaranteed a renewable scholarship award for up to three years of full-time study (not to exceed six semesters of study - fall and spring only) or for up to four years of part-time study (not to exceed eight semesters of study - fall and spring only) at the law school, so long as they remain in good academic standing and have no negative change to their character and fitness status. The Early Decision Scholarship guarantees that students admitted through Early Decision will receive a $10,000 Early Decision Scholarship. All applicants are also considered for additional merit scholarship.


7. When and how will I receive my decision?

A formal letter will be sent via US mail. Details of the applicant's admission and scholarship will be available in the letter.


8. If I'm admitted to the Early Decision Program, can I still wait for other offers of admission from other schools?

If you are offered admission to the Early Decision program, you must withdraw any applications to other schools and submit your deposit by January 12, 2018. Willamette University College of Law reserves the right to revoke the guaranteed scholarship and/or the offer of admission in the event that an admitted applicant fails to comply with the Early Decision program agreement.


9. What happens to my file if I'm not admitted to the Early Decision program?

If you are not admitted to the Early Decision program, your file will be automatically moved to the general application pool where it will be considered for regular admission. If your application to the Early Decision Program is denied, you are no longer bound by the conditions of the Early Decision agreement and may continue to apply to and consider offers from other law schools.


10. Once I've applied to Early Decision, do I have the option to opt out of Early Decision and have my application reviewed for regular admission?

Yes, you may opt out from the Early Decision program to regular admission prior to December 15. Please contact the Office of Admission by phone or email so we may confirm your decision to opt out of the Early Decision program and move your file into the regular admission pool.