Apply Early Decision

If the University of Chicago Law School is your first choice, consider applying to our binding Early Decision program. If you graduated from or will graduate from the University of Chicago College, you are also eligible to apply Early Decision through the Chicago Law Scholars Program. All applicants must apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Flexible Application, which is fully accessible to the visually impaired. Applicants with disabilities in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9484 or email admissions@law.uchicago.edu with their request.

Early Decision Application

There is one application for all applicants to the JD program. Early Decision applicants must submit all required application materials to LSAC. The Law School has a paperless admissions process and all materials must be submitted electronically; we will discard all paper materials sent directly to the Admissions Office.

To be considered for the Early Decision program, applicants must (1) indicate “Early Decision” in the Application Type question and (2) complete the Early Decision Agreement in the JD Application. You may not apply to a binding early decision program at another law school if you are applying Early Decision at the University of Chicago Law School.

Early Decision Timing

The Admissions Office must receive your application and all required materials on or before December 1.  Please review the Application Instructions on LSAC's website before beginning your application. LSAC only sends the application to the Law School when they have received and processed all required materials. The Admissions Office will not review your application until it is complete. Your application is complete when we receive your application and all required materials.  

The Admissions Office will notify you by email (1) when we receive your application and (2) when it is complete. Please make sure you provide your email address accurately to LSAC and adjust your spam filters to allow emails from LSAC’s server and from the University of Chicago.  Email is our primary method of communication with you.

Early Decision applicants will be notified that their applications have been accepted, waitlisted for further review, or denied by the end of December. Admission through the Early Decision program is binding on the applicant. If admitted through the Early Decision program, Early Decision applicants must confirm their intent to enroll at the Law School and must immediately withdraw all applications at other law schools (regardless of the status of those applications). Some Early Decision applicants who are not admitted during the Early Decision cycle may be waitlisted and re-evaluated during the Regular Decision cycle. If an applicant is waitlisted for further review and reconsidered during the Regular Decision cycle, admission will no longer be binding upon the applicant.

Make sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Early Decision program.