Early Action Program

Washington University School of Law invites Washington U undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in pursuing their legal education and who possess strong academic records to apply to the law school through an Early Action program. For this group of qualified applicants we will omit the requirement that applicants submit an LSAT score. Candidates should note that applying to other law schools as an entering JD student or transfer student at the end of your first year, will usually require that you register for and take the LSAT.

This program is designed to allow interested candidates to apply to the law school after completing, at minimum, their junior year at Washington U. The timing of the application is such that a candidate will apply and learn of their application decision well in advance of the deadline to register for the fall LSAT. Candidates will be notified of their application decision as soon as possible after receipt of a complete application file. If admitted, candidates will not need to make any commitment to attend Washington U Law until April 1 of year in which they intend to begin law school. Application fees will be waived for any candidate applying through this program. Candidates not admitted who choose to apply through the regular application program will have their reapplication fees waived.

Admission to the School of Law is highly competitive, and we consider many factors in the selection process. In addition to the academic record, the admission committee pays particular attention to the personal statement, résumé and letters of recommendation. Because the faculty believes that a diverse student body enriches the quality of legal education for all, the Admissions Committee also considers a wide range of subjective factors as part of its admission decisions. These factors include cultural, economic, educational, and geographic background; non-academic experiences; and other qualities that deserve special consideration in the admission process. We encourage you to make certain that your application file contains information that sheds light on any of these qualities.

The Admissions Committee also makes a conscientious effort to examine the other more personal variables that affect the quality of life and the quality of education in this institution: energy, motivation, self-discipline, and character. A careful examination of your undergraduate record, résumé, personal statement, and other contents of the file allows insight into these variables.

The Early Action program is an experimental program, and applicants who apply and are admitted under this program will be participating in a program designed to evaluate whether Washington U undergraduate GPA and ACT/SAT are valid and reliable measurements for potential to succeed in law school.

  • Early Action Application [view]
  • Early Action Waiver Form [view]

Eligibility for Early Action program for Washington U undergraduate students:

Washington U undergraduates who will be completing their senior year in Spring 2014, are eligible to apply for the 2014-15 academic year.  We welcome and encourage applications from all Washington University undergraduate schools and majors.

Applicants to the Early Action Program must submit the following:

  • A completed WU Early Action Application.
  • Personal statement, approximately 2-3 pages in length. Successful applicants have written about significant experiences and sources of personal motivation.
  • A current résumé  
  • Official undergraduate transcript (for a minimum of six semesters)
  • Two letters of recommendation are highly recommended but not required. The most helpful letters include commentary on specific examples of your academic ability, energy, motivation, discipline, character, and other qualitative variables. Preferred letters of recommendation will be from Washington U faculty/instructional staff.
  • An Early Action Waiver Form, completed with your signature authorizing our access via the Student Information System (Webstac) to the ACT and/or SAT scores you submitted with your undergraduate application and acknowledging application deadline
  • Application fee - waived

The application may be mailed or hand delivered to the School of Law Admission office along with a résumé, personal statement, Early Action Waiver Form, and any optional essays you may wish to include. Letters of recommendation may be mailed or e-mailed directly to the law school from the recommender. Official transcripts must be sent to the law school directly from the Registrar’s Office of all undergraduate institutions you have attended.

Washington University School of Law
Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

WU Early Action program interviews:

Applicants may be asked to interview after the admissions office has received a complete application file. Interviews will be conducted by a law school admissions or student services administrator and may be done in person, by Skype or by telephone.

Application Timeline

Spring 2014 – Applications for the Early Action Program are available.
July 15, 2014 – Final deadline to submit completed application files.   

Special Notes:

  • Admission through the Early Action Program is non-binding. No deposit is required until the year in which you plan to matriculate.
  • Washington University Early Action Program applicants should not use an LSDAS e-application to apply. You must use the Early Action Application found on this website. This application should be printed and mailed or hand- delivered to the law school admissions office, Anheuser-Busch Hall, suite 303, along with your personal statement, résumé, Early Action Waiver Form, and any other optional essays you may wish to submit.
  • If you are admitted, you will be expected to maintain your current cumulative GPA as you finish your degree requirements. If your GPA declines, your application will be re-reviewed and in extreme cases, your offer of admission may be rescinded.
  • If you are admitted, you will be responsible for updating your application if any answers to the conduct questions require a change in answer. Any changes will trigger a re-review of your application file.
  • Admission under the Early Action Program is non-binding and you may apply to other law schools during the regular admission season. However, applying to other law schools as an entering JD or as a transfer student at the end of your first year, will usually require that you register for and take the LSAT.
  • If you are denied, you are welcome to reapply under the regular decision admissions program. Applying under the regular program requires you to register and take the LSAT.

Washington U Law Early Action Program  

Early Action Program Applicant Profiles 

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* The Early Action Program for Washington U undergraduates was not available for the entering 2013 class.


If you have any questions about the Early Action Program, application process or requirements, please contact the Washington University School of Law Admissions office at 314-935-4525 or admiss@wulaw.wustl.edu.

This page was last updated 13 March 2014