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Binding Early Decision

If you believe that USC Gould clearly offers the best path to your legal future, applying for the Binding Early Decision could be the right option for you.

Eligibility

You may apply to only one law school for early decision admission. You remain eligible to apply for nonbinding admission at other law schools.

If you are admitted to USC Gould, you must agree to attend and immediately withdraw all of your other law school applications and refrain from initiating any new ones.

Students admitted to USC Gould through Binding Early Decision will not be granted deferrals. If you apply for Binding Early Decisions, we expect that you are fully ready to commit to USC Gould upon being admitted.

Application Process

To be considered for Binding Early Decision, you must apply by the deadline and follow the application process for nonbinding three-year JD admission. You must also include a signed Binding Early Decision agreement form, available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not include the signed Binding Early Decision agreement form.

The application fee is waived for candidates seeking admissions under the Binding Early Decision option.

Binding Early Decision candidates are evaluated using the same criteria as all other applicants. Candidates may be admitted, denied or rolled over to the nonbinding decision pool. Candidates who are rolled over or denied are no longer bound by the terms of the Binding Early Decision agreement and may continue applying to other law schools. However, if you are denied admission to USC Gould, you may not reapply via the nonbinding decision process.

If admitted, you will be asked to submit an Enrollment Confirmation Form, and pay a one-time seat deposit of $1,000 by the deadline. Scholarship awards will be made before the deposit deadline. If you wish to compare multiple admission offers, Binding Early Decision may not be right for you.

Admission Decisions

Binding Early Decision admissions decisions are made by mid-December. We accept applications on a rolling basis, as space is available. You will be notified via email and postal mail. No admissions decisions will be released over the phone.

Visit Us

We encourage you to visit USC Gould to observe a class, schedule a tour or attend an information session to ensure that USC Gould is the right fit for your needs and goals.

Disclaimer

USC Gould reserves the right to revoke an admission offer if a candidate fails to comply with any of the application instructions. At the dean or Admissions Committee's discretion, USC Gould also may provide the names of applicants admitted through Binding Early Decision to other law schools upon request.