GW Junior Early Action Program (Formerly Colonial Law)

Fall 2022 Application Opens February 1, 2021

Deadline: June 15, 2021

The GW Junior Early Action Program (formerly "Colonial Law") allows GW undergraduate juniors to apply to the law school one year in advance for deferred enrollment without the requirement of an LSAT score. This program is in accordance with ABA Standard 503

The program is designed for GW undergraduates who seek early assurance of their admission to GW Law. While the application itself is not binding, an admitted applicant's decision to attend is binding upon their submission of a seat deposit. The student may then begin their senior year with the knowledge that their seat is deferred to the subsequent entering class of GW Law, provided they maintain the level of academic achievement evident in their application.

GW Junior Early Action Program applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Maintained good academic standing through six semesters of undergraduate study;
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher;
  • Scored at or above the 85th percentile on the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT (within the past five years); and
  • Have not taken and do not plan to take the LSAT.

Admission through the GW Junior Early Action Program is rigorous. In addition to the above qualifications, applicants must submit:

  • A completed GW Junior Early Action application, including resume and two-page personal statement, via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC);
  • All official transcripts via the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS);
  • At least one letter of recommendation via CAS; and
  • An official copy of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT).

Prospective students with questions about the GW Junior Early Action Program should request an appointment with the Law School Admissions Office. We are glad to help. You may reach us at (202) 994-7230 or [email protected].

Please note: Per ABA Standard 503, GW undergraduate seniors also may choose to apply without an LSAT score, provided they have an alternate test score (SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT) from within five years and have not taken and do not plan to take the LSAT.  Seniors wishing to apply with a test other than the LSAT shall submit the Regular Decision application (not Junior Early Action) and should make an appointment with the Admissions Office ([email protected]).