Binding Early Decision Program
Binding Early Decision Program Application Overview
Early Decision Application Information
The application for admission to Washington and Lee University School of Law is available via LSAC.org.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Early Decision application instructions before beginning the application process. For technical assistance with the online application form available via LSAC, contact the Law School Admission Council at 215.968.1393. For all other inquiries, please contact the Office of Admissions at 540.458.8503 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We understand that for many of our students, finances are a main consideration while attending law school. For this reason, we have made the necessary arrangements with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) so that no fee will be assessed when you apply. For this admissions cycle, applying to W&L Law will be free of charge.
W&L Law Statement on Admissions
W&L Law seeks to admit a qualified and diverse student body. The Admissions Committee aims to admit applicants who demonstrate the ability for success in law school. Each completed application is reviewed holistically. A myriad of factors beyond academic credentials and LSAT scores are considered as part of this holistic review. Other factors that are considered include, but are not limited to, the applicant's demonstrated writing ability, letters of recommendation, employment experience, service, academic rigor, demonstrated work ethic, relevant skills, contribution to a diverse educational environment, and character.
Candidates may choose to apply for the Binding Early Decision Program if W&L Law is their top choice, they are not seeking merit scholarship aid, and they are willing to make an early enrollment commitment. An enrollment deposit must be paid by January 5 following an offer of admission, most likely before any financial aid packages regarding educational loans are available to students.
International Binding Early Decision Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our webpage for international prospective students before beginning the application process.
- Applications to the Binding Early Decision Program must be complete by December 1.
- Applicants to the Binding Early Decision Program will be notified of an admission decision by December 15.
- Applicants admitted through the Binding Early Decision Program must pay the $1,000 seat deposit by January 5.
General Application Advice
We encourage you to consider the application process the beginning of your legal career. Law school is a professional school, and you should strive for absolute professionalism in each and every contact you have with any admissions office. Whether it be an email, a phone call, an individual visit, or a conversation with a school representative at a law fair, impressions matter. In one email, one phone call or one conversation, you have the potential to dramatically impact your file's consideration. Such contacts can often prove critical when schools make admissions decisions, particularly when choosing whom to accept from their waiting list, and bad impressions can often be extremely difficult to overcome. As you begin to assemble the various constituent parts of our application, please consider these blog posts:
Notes on Bar Admission
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
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