Early Decision Program

Applicants who have carefully considered UCLA School of Law and are certain that it is their best law school choice have the option to apply through our Early Decision Program. Applicants to the Early Decision Program may not apply to any other early decision programs in the same admissions cycle (unless the applicant has already been waitlisted or denied by the UCLA Law Early Decision Program.)

Note that merit scholarships are not available to students admitted through the Early Decision Program; therefore, students for whom merit scholarships are a consideration should not apply to this program. Students admitted through Early Decision can apply for need-based aid; however, because there is no guarantee of qualifying for need-based aid, and because applicants must pay their seat deposit before knowing whether they will qualify for need-based aid, applicants should not rely on potential need-based aid when deciding whether to apply Early Decision.

Students applying Early Decision may not apply to the Distinguished Scholars or Achievement Fellowship programs.

Students admitted through the Early Decision Program must:

  1. Attend UCLA Law
  2. Withdraw applications from all other law schools
  3. Refrain from initiating applications to other law schools
  4. Submit the Statement of Intent to Register and seat deposit by the deadline stated in the admission letter

While awaiting the outcome of their Early Decision application at UCLA Law, applicants are permitted to apply to other law schools, with the understanding that they must withdraw these applications if they are admitted to UCLA Law. UCLA School of Law reserves the right to revoke an admissions offer in the event that an admitted applicant fails to comply with these requirements. In such an instance, UCLA also reserves the right to inform other law schools of the candidate's actions.

The priority Early Decision deadline is November 15. Students applying priority Early Decision must take the LSAT or GRE by October 31. Applicants will be informed of their admissions decisions by the end of December 2019.

Students applying Early Decision after November 15 must take the LSAT or GRE by January 31, 2020 and will receive decisions on a rolling basis.

Admission through the Early Decision Program is competitive; in recent years, the percentage of accepted applicants in this program is similar to our overall admissions rate. While every application is assessed individually and holistically, we have found in recent years that the median GPA of students accepted in this program is similar to our overall median GPA; the median LSAT of students accepted to this program is often slightly below our overall median LSAT. Early Decision admits will be considered for need-based financial aid on exactly the same basis as every other admitted student, but Early Decision admits will not be considered for merit-based financial aid. Thus, the Early Decision program is appropriate for candidates who have concluded that UCLA School of Law is their first-choice for law school and do not anticipate the need to compare offers of financial aid in making a decision about where to matriculate. It is important to note that, as an Early Decision admit, you will likely be asked to confirm your intent to enroll and pay your seat deposit at UCLA School of Law before you receive notification of any need-based financial aid award, if any.

If an applicant is denied to the Early Decision Program, the decision is final for fall 2020. There will not be a re-review of the file during the regular admissions cycle. Denied and waitlisted applicants can continue to consider other law schools. Waitlisted applicants are no longer bound by the early decision agreement that they will enroll if admitted.