Early Decision & Early Admission Options

Early Decision

Applicants to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law frequently indicate that Ohio State is their first choice for a legal education. For those students who have carefully researched their law school opportunities, the early decision option provides an expeditious evaluation and decision by the Admissions Committee by mid-December.

Benefits for successful early decision applicants include:

  • the ability to pursue educational, professional, and familial engagements and responsibilities free of the time, expense, and anxiety associated with the typical law school application process, and
  • notification of merit scholarship awards within three weeks of admission and prior to the deposit deadline.

However, decisions on the award of endowed scholarships, including the Moritz Merit Scholarship, and on the award of need-based aid will not be available until late-spring. Thus, the applicant should be in a position to commit to attending Ohio State even though they will not have a complete financial aid package at the time of their deposit.

Applicants wishing to be considered as a candidate for the early decision option must:

  • Submit an early decision agreement and application for admission no later than Nov. 22, 2013.
  • The early decision application must be complete no later than Dec. 1, 2013. The application is considered complete when all required application materials, including a CAS report, have been received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Candidates who apply under the early decision option may not apply for early decision consideration at another law school.
  • Candidates must agree that if admitted to Ohio State under the early decision option, they will withdraw their applications from all other law schools.
  • Candidates may not initiate any additional law school applications once notified of their Ohio State offer of early decision admission. Ohio State reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants accepted under our early decision option.
  • Candidates admitted under the early decision option will not be eligible to defer admission to another year unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated.
  • Candidates whose applications are deferred by our Admissions Office until later in the admissions process are permitted to apply to other law schools until they receive an offer of admission to the Moritz College of Law.

Early decision applicants may be admitted, denied, or held for consideration through the regular rolling admissions process. Applicants who meet the requirements for early decision consideration will be notified by Dec. 23, 2013. The seat deposit deadline for applicants admitted under the early decision option is Jan. 20, 2014.

Access the early decision agreement here.

Early Admission

The Moritz College of Law encourages students to submit their applications before the March 31 deadline each year.

As the college reviews applications on a rolling basis, students who apply early in the admissions cycle will be able to receive decisions and, if applicable, scholarship notifications earlier than applicants who apply later. For students who wish to submit their applications early, but do not wish to apply under the early decision option, the early admissions option may be beneficial. Unlike early decision, should the applicant be admitted, the decision is not binding.

Students who indicate they wish to be considered under early admission must submit their applications and all supplemental materials (including LSAT score, letters of recommendation, personal statement and resume) no later than Dec. 20, 2013. (Note: We will accept December LSAT scores for early admission if all other application materials have been received )Students will receive a decision no later than Jan. 30, 2014. The deposit deadline for students admitted under early admission is April 1, 2014.

Early Decision Early Admission
Apply by Nov. 22, 2013 Dec. 20, 2013
Receive notification Dec. 23, 2013 Jan. 30, 2014
Deposit due Jan. 20, 2014 April 1, 2014
Binding agreement? Yes No