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Binding Early Decision

Overview

While Binding Early Decision applicants are evaluated according to the same admission standards as all other applicants, these applicants' strong demonstrated interest in attending Wake Forest Law will also be considered by the admissions committee.

Applicants who apply through the Binding Early Decision program may apply to other law schools, but they may not maintain more than one active binding application at any one time (including Wake Forest Law).

If an applicant has already submitted a binding application to another law school, the applicant may apply to Wake Forest Law's Binding Early Decision program if, and only if, they are released from their binding commitment to attend the other law school, which would include a decision from the other school to not admit the applicant (e.g., deny, waitlist) through the binding program at that school.

Applicants cannot submit a binding application to another law school while maintaining an active Binding Early Decision application to Wake Forest Law. An applicant is only released from their binding commitment to attend Wake Forest Law once/if they receive a decision (other than being admitted) to the Binding Early Decision Program.

Once an applicant has submitted a Binding Early Decision application, the applicant cannot request to have the application moved to the regular non-binding application pool.

Applicants admitted through the Binding Early Decision Program are committed to attending Wake Forest University School of Law and must withdraw all other law school applications within five calendar days of being admitted. Admitted applicants must also refrain from submitting any new law school applications through October 5 of the following fall. Applicants cannot defer an acceptance.

Options when applying to the Binding Early Decision Program:

Wake Forest Law Scholar (full scholarship)

Binding Early Decision applicants admitted as a Wake Forest Law Scholar are guaranteed a full-tuition scholarship for six semesters of study at the law school, subject to customary scholarship terms and conditions, including maintaining good standing. Wake Forest University School of Law does not award "conditional scholarships" as defined by ABA Standard 509(d).

Applicants with exemplary credentials and potential are encouraged to apply through this option. Competitive applicants will often have an LSAT/GRE score and/or undergraduate GPA that would place the student in the top 25% of the most recent entering JD class.

Wake Forest Law Committed (no scholarship)

Binding Early Decision applicants admitted through the Wake Forest Law Committed option will not be considered for any scholarship aid. Applicants should only apply through this option if Wake Forest University School of Law is their top choice for law school and for whom scholarship aid is not a consideration.

Applicants for whom scholarship aid is a consideration should not apply through this option.

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Complete the online application on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.

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Application Requirements

  • Complete and accurate application for admission, including the incorporated Binding Early Decision agreement
  • Valid unexpired LSAT and/or GRE official score report
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended submitted and processed by LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • Letter of recommendation submitted through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Character & Fitness addendum, if required based on application response
  • Application fee

Optional Documents

  • Optional statement
  • LSAT / GRE / GPA addendum
  • Additional letters of recommendation submitted through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS), up to a maximum of two additional letters for a total of three letters of recommendation

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must submit a valid unexpired TOEFL or IELTS official score report, unless the applicant has earned (or will earn), prior to law school matriculation, a baccalaureate-level or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction and where the corresponding degree of study was undertaken primarily in one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Co-operative Republic of Guyana
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Republic of Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid may, at its sole discretion, require a TOEFL or IELTS score of any applicant, regardless of education or other attributes.

Character & Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Certification, Completeness, and Accuracy

You will be asked to certify that all of your responses are complete and accurate as well as certify certain other statements prior to submitting your application. This includes a continuing duty to inform Wake Forest University School of Law and to update your responses without delay if the responses you provide later become incomplete or inaccurate.

Timeline

Your application cannot be reviewed until all required application information and documents are received and processed.

You will receive a decision based on the following application completion dates:

  • Complete your application by November 1, receive a decision by December 1
  • Complete your application by December 1, receive a decision by December 23
  • Complete your application by February 1, receive a decision by March 1
  • Complete your application by April 1, receive a decision by May 1
  • Complete your application after April 1, receive a decision within 15 business days or by May 15, whichever is later

Business days exclude all Saturdays, Sundays, and U.S. federal holidays as well as scheduled and unscheduled holidays and closures of Wake Forest University.

Decisions of the admissions committee are final and cannot be appealed.

Decisions

There are four possible decision outcomes for Binding Early Decision applicants:

  1. Admitted
    Applicant is committed to attending Wake Forest University School of Law and must withdraw all other law school applications within five calendar days of being admitted. Applicant must also refrain from submitting any new law school applications through October 5 of the following fall. Applicant cannot defer an acceptance.
  2. Denied
    Applicant is neither admitted to the program nor to Wake Forest University School of Law. Applicant may not reapply as a regular-decision applicant for the remainder of the current admission cycle.
  3. Waitlisted
    Applicant is neither admitted to the program nor to Wake Forest University School of Law but is placed on a waitlist for possible future admission from the waitlist. No scholarship is guaranteed if admitted from the waitlist. Applicant is not required to attend if later admitted from the waitlist. Applicant may also withdraw from the waitlist.
  4. Held for Regular Decision
    Applicant’s application is held for further admission consideration as part of the regular non-binding application pool. No scholarship is guaranteed if later admitted. Applicant is not required to attend if later admitted. Applicant may also withdraw from further admission consideration.