Today's guest post was provided by our friends and law school admission experts, The Spivey Consulting Group.
Early Decision programs are not new, but they have been gaining popularity among both law schools and applicants in recent cycles. We will address the value of such programs momentarily, but first let us define what “Early Decision” really means. An Early Decision program is essentially a contract between an applicant and a school – the only hardline often being that “if admitted, you will immediately withdraw all applications to other law schools to which you have submitted an application” with the covenant that if you go to law school in the current cycle you will go to the first school that admits you ED (you can apply to multiple ED programs, but are bound to withdraw from all others once admitted). ED programs, then, should not be confused with any kind of Early Action, Priority Track, or Fee Waiver programs where you are not required to withdraw from all other schools upon admissions.