Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Law Schools Embrace Early Admissions Programs

The news media has been all over the decision by Harvard, Princeton, and Virginia to eliminate their early undergraduate admissions programs.  The National Law Journal reports that law schools, in contrast, are ramping up their early admissions programs:

In the last three years, several prominent law schools have introduced early decision programs for students who have picked a school as their top choice and are required to go there once they've been accepted. This year at least five law schools-New York University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law and University of Missouri School of Law-introduced binding early decision programs. More than a dozen law schools also have introduced early decision programs in recent years, including the University of Michigan (U.M.) Law School and Northwestern University School of Law.

Law school officials say what's driving the early acceptance trend is fiercer competition among law schools. They say that with students applying to more law schools than ever before-the national average is six-schools have to fight that much harder to win top students over.

Early Admissions Here to Stay; Trend Goes Against Moves by Harvard, Princeton, by Tresa Baldas.

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