Early Decision

If the University of Richmond School of Law is your first choice, you may apply under the early decision option. Early decision applicants commit to enroll at the law school if admitted under this option.

An applicant may not be a binding, early decision candidate at more than one school during the same admissions cycle. An early decision applicant may apply for admission to other law schools on a non-binding basis, but once admitted to the University of Richmond School of Law as an early decision applicant, the applicant must withdraw all other law school applications and may not initiate any new applications for admission.

The University of Richmond School of Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants admitted to the law school under the binding early decision program.

Application Process

Early decision applicants must ensure that their applications are submitted and received by December 1 and that application must be completed no later than December 15.

A complete early decision application includes:

  • Signed Early Decision Agreement
  • Application
  • Any attachments required as part of the application, including a personal statement, LSAT/CAS report, and letters of recommendation

The application fee will be waived for those applying for early decision. It can take 10-14 days for an application submitted through the LSAC electronic application to reach us.

Early decision applicants will receive a decision to admit, deny admission, or hold for reconsideration for the regular admission season postmarked no later than December 24.

Early decision applicants who are held for reconsideration are free to maintain applications to other law schools and to initiate new applications and are not bound to enroll at the University of Richmond School of Law if offered admission later in the admissions season as part of the regular decision process.

If you wish to apply as an early decision candidate, please complete the Early Decision Agreement Form and return it to the University of Richmond School of Law no later than December 1. If you are completing an application electronically through the LSAC electronic application service, please note that, although this form is included as part of the electronic application materials, it will not be transmitted electronically with your application. You must print a copy of the attached form, sign it, and mail it to:

Law School Admissions
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173


Law Admissions Office

Mailing Address:
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

GPS Location:
37.579172, -77.536167

Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516
E-mail: lawadmissions@richmond.edu