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lawyer
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Early Decision Questions

Postby lawyer » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:33 pm

I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions, but I'm serious.

1. If you apply "early decision" at a school and are accepted, but then decide you want to go to a different school, what happens/what action does that school take against you?

2. If you apply "early decision" and you are accepted, but then decide you don't want to go to law school, what happens (i.e. do I have a problem?)

3. How does applying "early decision" actually help you?

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kalvano
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Re: Early Decision Questions

Postby kalvano » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:26 pm

lawyer wrote:I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions, but I'm serious.

1. If you apply "early decision" at a school and are accepted, but then decide you want to go to a different school, what happens/what action does that school take against you?

2. If you apply "early decision" and you are accepted, but then decide you don't want to go to law school, what happens (i.e. do I have a problem?)

3. How does applying "early decision" actually help you?


1) If it's binding ED (most schools who use ED use binding ED), you are required to attend if accepted and withdraw all other applications. If you don't go, you don't go to school that cycle.

2) If you decide not to attend at all, then you shouldn't have a problem.

3) If it's a bit of a reach for you, then your agreeing to guarantee a filled spot (likely at full tuition) helps them. You get a boost (hard to say how much) by agreeing to go if accepted.

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Re: Early Decision Questions

Postby im_blue » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:56 am

kalvano wrote:
lawyer wrote:I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions, but I'm serious.

1. If you apply "early decision" at a school and are accepted, but then decide you want to go to a different school, what happens/what action does that school take against you?

2. If you apply "early decision" and you are accepted, but then decide you don't want to go to law school, what happens (i.e. do I have a problem?)

3. How does applying "early decision" actually help you?


1) If it's binding ED (most schools who use ED use binding ED), you are required to attend if accepted and withdraw all other applications. If you don't go, you don't go to school that cycle.

2) If you decide not to attend at all, then you shouldn't have a problem.

3) If it's a bit of a reach for you, then your agreeing to guarantee a filled spot (likely at full tuition) helps them. You get a boost (hard to say how much) by agreeing to go if accepted.

+1. To add to (1), your ED law school will notify other law schools that you broke their ED contract, after which they will rescind their admission offers as well. You'll end up not going to law school that year.

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Re: Early Decision Questions

Postby Confused7 » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:29 pm

Was also wondering this...do ED schools allow you to defer if you get in?

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Re: Early Decision Questions

Postby kalvano » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:07 pm

Confused7 wrote:Was also wondering this...do ED schools allow you to defer if you get in?



Not usually, no. ED basically means you agree to go if they take you. Period.




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