Admission

FAQs

  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 December or February LSAT? Can I still be considered for Early Decision?
  5. I am a part-time/transfer/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?

November 15.  By November 15, you should have a complete file submitted to WUCL, including your CAS report with a current LSAT score and 2 letters of recommendation. (See Application Requirements)

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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.

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

No, there are no additional fees to apply to the Early Decision program.  As with regular admission, there is no application fee for applications submitted online.  There is a $50 application fee for any paper application.

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

Unfortunately, no.  Because only applicants who have completed their application file by November 15 are eligible for Early Decision, it would not be possible to consider your file if you wish to use a score from a test after the November 15th deadline.

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5. I am a part-time/transfer/3+3 applicant. Can I apply for the Early Decision program?

Unfortunately, no.  Only applicants to the full-time 3 year JD program are eligible to apply for the Early Decision program.

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

The Early Decision program guarantees a scholarship that will make your cost of attendance at WUCL equal to or lower than the in-state tuition costs of law schools in the Pacific NW (Washington, Oregon, California).  For applicants to the fall 2014 class, this means you are guaranteed a scholarship of no less than $8000.  Additionally, you may also be considered for applicable merit-based scholarships.

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7. When and how will I receive my decision?

Your decision will be released via the Application Status Checker (ASO).  A formal letter will also be sent via US Postal mail.  While applicants admitted to the Early Decision program are guaranteed a scholarship, the details of the scholarship will be available only by your formal decision letter, not via the ASO.

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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. 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.

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

If you are not offered admission to the Early Decision program, your file may be waitlisted to the general application pool or it may be denied.  If your application is  waitlisted, 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.  Decisions from the waitlist are made on a rolling basis until all seats have been filled.  If your application is denied, your file will not be considered in the general pool. You may contact our office to discuss appeal procedures, if desired.

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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 November 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.

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