Early Decision Option

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.

This early notification has the advantage of enabling successful early decision applicants to pursue their educational, professional and familial engagements and responsibilities free of the time, expense and anxiety associated with the typical law school application process.

Successful Early Decision applicants will be notified of scholarship awards prior to the deposit deadline. 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. It is important to recognize that the benefits associated with admission under the Early Decision Option are accompanied by a reduction in law school choice. Ohio State reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants accepted under our Early Decision Option.

Applicants wishing to be considered as a candidate for the Early Decision Option must:

  • Submit an Early Decision Agreement and an application for admission no later than November 20, 2016 (application does not have to be complete before submission)
  • Early Decision applications must be complete (all requirements fulfilled) no later than November 30, 2016. 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
  • Candidates admitted under the Early Decision Option will not be eligible for deferral unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated

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 December 15, 2016. The seat deposit deadline for applicants admitted under the Early Decision Option is January 30, 2016. Applicants who have not been admitted under the Early Decision process are not bound by this Early Decision Agreement.

The Early Decision Agreement is now an online form that can be accessed by following this link.

Apply Early!

The Moritz College of Law encourages students to submit their application, to the extent possible, before the deadline each year. As the Moritz College of Law 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 at a later date.

For students who wish to submit their applications early, but do not wish to apply under Early Decision, the Moritz College of Law Priority Decision Deadline may be beneficial. Students who have complete applications and all supplemental materials (including LSAT score, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume) by February 1 will receive a decision no later than April 1, 2017, if not before. The deposit deadline for students admitted prior to April 1, 2017 is May 1, 2017.

  Early Decision Early Application (regular cycle)
Apply by Nov. 20, 2016 File Complete by February 1, 2017
Receive notification Dec. 15, 2016 April 1, 2017
Deposit due Feb. 1, 2017 May 1, 2016
Binding agreement? Yes No