When I was getting ready to apply to law school a few years ago, I remember very clearly checking on the dates that applications opened at each of the schools I was interested in, and anxiously waiting for those dates to arrive. I figured that if I applied early on in the process, I was giving myself the best possible shot at being accepted. After all, everywhere I looked on line the message was the same: apply as early as you can, apply today! Actually, apply yesterday, because if you don’t, then all hope is surely lost.
To be honest, having your applications ready to go on day one is not the worst idea in the world, for reasons wholly unrelated to whether or not it improves your chances of admission. First, I’m generally just a proponent of getting things done early rather than later, because who knows what might happen a week from now that will prevent you from getting that application finished? If you have the time now, why not use it? Second, it’s a great way to spend that anxiety-ridden period between taking the LSAT and getting the results. I know for me, it helped keep my mind occupied on something other than a score I no longer had any control over. But, does applying early actually have any effect on whether or not you’re admitted to a given law school?