Early Decision

If CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is your first choice law school, we invite you to apply Early Decision. Applicants applying Early Decision will be notified of their admission decision before other applicants and can begin planning their legal education while others are still waiting. Successful Early Decision applicants will benefit from having secured a seat at CSU Cleveland-Marshall, which allows them to pursue their educational, professional and personal responsibilities without the expense and anxiety associated with the typical law school application process.

Successful Early Decision applicants will be notified of scholarship awards at the time of admission.

By submitting an Early Decision application, applicants are making a binding commitment to attend CSU Cleveland-Marshall if admitted to the law school.

Furthermore, early Decision applicants must agree to the following:

  • Candidates who apply Early Decision to CSU Cleveland-Marshall may not apply for early decision consideration at another law school.
  • Candidates must agree that if admitted to CSU Cleveland-Marshall under Early Decision, they will withdraw their applications from all other law schools.
  • Candidates may not initiate any additional law school applications once notified of Early Decision admission to CSU Cleveland-Marshall.
  • Candidates admitted under Early Decision will not be eligible for deferral unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated.

Early Decision applicants may be admitted, admitted via the Legal Careers Opportunity Program (LCOP), denied, or held for consideration through the regular rolling admissions process. Applicants who have not been admitted under Early Decision are not bound by this Early Decision agreement. 

Applicants are encouraged to carefully research their law school options before submitting an Early Decision application to CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law offers two Early Decision options:

Early Decision I

Application Deadline: November 15

Decision Notification: December 15

Deposit Due: December 29

Early Decision II

Application Deadline: January 1

Decision Notification: January 31

Deposit Due: February 14


Early Decision applicants must complete the following:

  1. Complete, certify, and submit an electronic application for admission. 
  2. Print, complete, and return an Early Decision Agreement 
  3. Provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.
  4. Provide an original personal statement that is your own work and represents your best writing. The statement should be a minimum of two typed pages in length and identify, among other things, what influences in your life have led you to seek admission to law school, and to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law specifically. 
  5. Disclose and submit a statement of all relevant facts pertaining to any and all probations, suspensions, warnings, sanctions, and dismissals by any college or university for academic or non-academic reasons; criminal charges pending against you; convictions or granted deferred adjudications or diversions for any offense, felony or misdemeanor, including traffic offenses but excluding minor moving violations and parking tickets. Failure to provide truthful answers may result in revocation of admission, disciplinary action and/or dismissal by the law school, and/or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek admission.
  6. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • When more than one score is reported, Cleveland-Marshall will consider the highest score. 
  1. Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service will be the clearinghouse for your LSAT score(s), academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will request your law school report from the Law School Admission Council once your application is received.
  2. If English is not your native language and you have not received a degree from either a university in the United States or a university where English is the official language of the country and the language of instruction, then results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required. You can receive information about the TOEFL from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website at www.ets.org and you can receive information about the IELTS from the website at www.ielts.org. Either a TOEFL score of greater than 100 on the internet based test or an IELTS score of greater than 7 is normally required for admission.

Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Admission.

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