Students who are certain that Penn State Law is their first choice law school may submit an Early Decision application to our J.D. program. Admissions standards are the same for students applying Early Decision as they are for regular admission to the J.D. program. However, Early Decision applicants will receive a decision by December 31. Students applying Early Decision will have the earliest consideration for admission and scholarships. Pennsylvania residents admitted through our Early Decision application who enroll in fall 2018 will receive our Pennsylvania Commonwealth Scholars Grant, which can be stacked with other scholarships to reach full tuition.
The Penn State Law Early Decision program is binding. That means the applicant agrees that if accepted, they will withdraw all other pending law school applications, refrain from submitting additional applications, and will make a commitment to Penn State Law. A seat deposit in the amount of $750 will be due on January 15, 2018. Applicants accepted through the Early Decision program who do not submit a seat deposit by that date may lose their scholarship or their offer of admission from Penn State Law.
Applicants considering Early Decision are encouraged to visit Penn State Law this fall. Visits can be scheduled via our online form.