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Applying for Early Decision


Our early decision process is designed to give you more choice and control over your law school admissions process. In addition to offering an application fee waiver, our early decision gives you at least 48 hours to consider our offer. You’ll know whether you have been accepted to Wake Forest Law and receive any scholarship award by the end of November 2021.

You decide whether to make the decision binding.

If you decide to accept our offer through the early decision process, you will agree to attend Wake Forest the next fall semester, pay a seat deposit, and withdraw applications from all other law schools.

If you are not ready to make a decision, you will also be able to transfer your application into the regular application pool. Should you decide to transfer your application, your acceptance and scholarship offers will be forfeited. You will also need to pay the regular decision application fee prior to the application being transferred to the regular application pool. Applications transferred to the regular application pool will be reviewed again among all other applications.

Early Decision Application Dates

  Application Available

September 1, 2021

  Submission Deadline

November 1, 2021

  Completion Deadline

All application components must be received by this date

November 15, 2021

Application decisions will be released on a rolling basis throughout the process with all application decisions being released on or before November 30, 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage in applying during the early decision process?
Early decision applicants will receive priority consideration for the entering class. Accepted students will receive their admissions decision by the end of November, which allows applicants more time to plan and prepare for their transition to law school. The early decision also comes with an application fee waiver.
How does the binding decision work?
If you accept our offer of admission, you commit to attend Wake Forest Law the next fall semester. This agreement also means that you must withdraw any pending applications, reject any offers of admission, and not initiate or submit any new law school applications.

Acceptance of the offer also requires the payment of a seat deposit within 10 business days of accepting the offer.
What is the timeframe provided to candidates who are offered acceptance?
Candidates will typically be provided a 48-72 hour window to accept our offer or request an application transfer to Wake Forest Law’s regular application pool. Candidates who do not communicate their decision by the conclusion of the timeframe will have their offer rescinded and will be transferred to the regular admissions process automatically.
What scholarships are available to candidates who apply through this process?
Candidates who apply through this process will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. The consideration process for these scholarships is the same as is given to applicants in the regular application process.
What are the possible admissions decisions through this process?
Applicants can be accepted, denied, or waitlisted. Accepted applicants will have the option to request the transfer of their application to the regular application process for re-consideration.
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