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USC Gould Admissions

Early Decision Program FAQs

When can I submit my application?

We will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2016. The application must be submitted no later than November 15, 2016. Your application must be complete by December 1, 2016. Applications that remain incomplete as of December 2nd will be rolled-over to the regular decision pool.

What do I need to do to apply?

To apply for the Binding Early Decision Program, you will need to sign the Binding Early Decision Agreement Form and submit your electronic application. Both the form and the electronic application can be found on LSAC's website. Applications that do not include the signed Binding Early Decision Agreement Form will be considered incomplete.

What criteria do you look for in an Early Binding Decision candidate?

A Binding Early Decision candidate is evaluated using the same criteria as the regular decision program candidate. Admission to USC Gould is highly competitive, and the Admissions committee will consider a Binding Early Decision candidate with enthusiasm and a strong interest in attending USC as factors in the admission process.

Why would I consider applying under a binding decision program?

You should consider the binding program if you have done your research, and feel that USC Gould is the right fit for you. The ideal candidate will be someone who is committed to attending USC. In order to make sure we are the right fit for you, please be sure that your research includes all aspects of our law school program, including academic, social, geographic, and employment. We also encourage you to schedule a class visit, tour, or Information Session as part of the process to ensure that USC Gould is the place you want to spend the next three years of your life.

How do I know whether or not a binding early decision program is right for me?

A binding early decision program is not for someone who would like to consider admission or financial aid offers from other law schools.

Am I still eligible to apply to regular decision programs at other law schools?

Yes; as long as they are not binding early decision programs.

When will I receive notification of my decision?

We will notify applicants of their decision by December 16, 2016.

What happens if I don't get admitted?

Binding Early Decision Program candidates will either be admitted, denied, or rolled-over into the regular admission pool. Applicants who are rolled-over or denied, can then continue to consider other law schools, including initiating applications to new law schools, if they desire. Applicants who are not admitted under the binding program are no longer bound by the terms of the Binding Early Decision Agreement Form. Denied applicants CANNOT re-apply via the regular decision program.

If I am admitted into the program, what do I need to do regarding other law schools that I have applied to?

Once an offer of admission is made, you MUST withdraw all other law school applications, even if you have not yet heard back from all the schools you have applied to. You will also be asked to refrain from starting any new law school applications.

When will my seat deposit be due, and how much will it be?

You will be asked to submit our Enrollment Confirmation Form, and pay a onetime seat deposit of $1,000.00 by January 8, 2017. Both the Enrollment Confirmation Form and the seat deposit may be taken care of online through our Admitted Students Portal.

Can I defer my Binding Early Decision acceptance?

No. Binding Early Decision admits will not be granted deferrals. The expectation is that you are fully ready to commit to USC Gould upon being admitted.

Will I still be considered for a scholarship?

Yes. All Binding Early Decision admits are guaranteed at least a one-half tuition scholarship. The scholarship amount will be determined based on the cost of tuition for the first year of law school and will not increase in subsequent years. Scholarship awards will be made before the deposit deadline.

Do I have to pay an application fee?

No. The application fee is waived for Binding Early Decision Program applicants.

When is the deadline to apply for the program?

The deadline to apply for the program is November 15, 2016. Your application must be submitted by November 15 and completed by December 1, 2016.

What if I haven't taken the LSAT yet?

We will accept reportable LSAT scores no later than the September 24, 2016 test administration.

What if I have more questions?

We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact us at (213) 740-2523, or e-mail us at admissions@law.usc.edu.

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