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Early Decision Option

The Early Decision option is available for prospective students who, after careful consideration of their future plans and a thorough investigation of a variety of law schools, have concluded that Elon University School of Law will provide them with the legal education that best fulfills their needs and expectations. Applicants who are certain that Elon Law is their first-choice institution are encouraged to apply as Early Decision candidates.

Early Decision candidates must submit their applications by November 15, and all items necessary for completion of the application must be received by December 1. Only completed applications are considered for admission. An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the application form, the application fee, an LSDAS report, and two letters of recommendation, have been received by the school. Early Decision candidates must take the LSAT no later than the October test date to be considered for this option. Applicants should also consider, and incorporate into their application timelines, the time it will take for their LSAT/LSDAS reports to be processed and transmitted to the School of Law.

Early Decision candidates agree that they will not submit an early decision application to any other law school this year. Early Decision candidates will be notified by the end of December whether their application for admission has been accepted, denied or deferred for further review, in which case it is kept active and considered along with all other applications under the Regular Decision-Rolling Admission option. It is anticipated that some candidates deferred for further review at the Early Decision stage will ultimately be offered admission through the Regular Decision-Rolling Admission option. If an Early Decision applicant is denied admission or the decision is deferred for further review, the applicant may continue being considered for admission to law schools to which he/she had previously applied and may initiate applications to additional law schools.

Early Decision candidates agree that, if admitted to Elon Law under the Early Decision option, they will withdraw any pending applications to other law schools and not submit any additional applications.The accepted Early Decision candidate will submit a non-refundable deposit of $600 to Elon University by January 15 and will enroll in Elon University School of Law in the fall 2006 semester. This deposit will be credited toward fall semester tuition.

Applicants admitted under the Early Decision option and who have applied for scholarship consideration by December 1 will be notified of law school scholarship awards prior to the January 15 deposit deadline; however, other financial aid awards, including loan awards, will not be made until later in the spring.

The School of Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants accepted under its Early Decision option.