Are you thinking about applying binding to law school? Many people consider doing so to try to get into a reach school, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- You have to be absolutely sure that, no matter what else happens, you will go to that law school if you get in. It doesn’t matter if another law school offers you a scholarship, or if your parents or boyfriend moves out of state.
- You have to be perfectly happy paying full price for law school.
- If a school says that binding admission comes with a scholarship, it’s not a way into a reach school. Rather, it’s probably more competitive to get in binding than under a regular application.
To begin our list, see the binding Early Decision deadlines for the Top 40 law schools.
(And, yes, you can try one school first, then if you don’t get in binding there you can consider another school with a later deadline).
|Law School||Binding ED Deadline||Automatic Scholarship?|
|U. of Chicago||December 1st||no|
|U. of Pennsylvania||Round 1: November 15; Round 2: January 7||no|
|Virginia||“Binding Expedited Decision Option”: March 3||no|
|Duke||Round 1: November 1, Round 2: January 3||mo|
|Northwestern||December 1||$120k merit scholarship|
|Cal Berkeley||November 17 (but they strongly recommend you submit by 11/1)||$75k merit scholarship|
|Cornell||Round 1: November 1; Round 2: January 8||no|
|Georgetown||No specific deadline, but only applications received by February 1 will be guaranteed a decision within 4 weeks||no|
|UCLA||priority ED: November 15; students applying ED after 11/5 will receive decision on a rolling basis||no|
|Texas||November 1||TX residents: $30k; nonresidents: resident tuition plus additional scholarship|
|USC||November 15||minimum 50% scholarship|
|Vanderbilt||November 1||at least $35k/yr|
|Washington U||November 15||“will have advanced consideration of merit scholarship awards”|
|Notre Dame||November 15||no|
|George Washington||February 1||Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program”, but it doesn’t appear to be a guarantee if accepted|
|Boston U||Distinguished Scholar Binding ED: November 13; BU-Bound Binding Decision Program: January 8||Distinguished Scholars: full tuition|
|Alabama||n/a (but they do have a “Alabama Scholars Program” that is a streamlined app. program for graduates from specific AL schools)||n/a|
|Arizona State||n/a (but they do have 3 “Binding Admission” programs, but doesn’t indicate ED and no early deadline)||n/a|
|Boston College||ED I: November 1; ED 2: January 1||no|
|UC Davis||November 1||no|
|Wake Forest||November 1||no|
|Ohio State||for 2018, November 19 (didn’t have updated info)||no|
|Washington & Lee||December 1||no|
|Fordham||no ED program, but an “Early Action Program – non-binding||n/a|
|U of Arizona||n/a||n/a|