The Law School Waitlist: What Should You Do?

The law school waitlist often feels like the great land of the unknown. Check out our best tips for navigating the waitlist waters – and let us know in the comments if we can help you further!
Be proactive. Being waitlisted at a school is not the same thing as being rejected. You still have a shot at getting into your dream school, so don’t write yourself off yet.
Consider retaking the LSAT. We realize this won’t be a popular strategy to get off a law school waitlist, but schools will look at a June LSAT for waitlisted candidates. Most often, schools place candidates on waitlists due to test score weaknesses. Your numbers are paramount in law school admissions, so retaking the LSAT could be the best strategy to improve your application.
Follow up with a school to reiterate your interest. If a law school is your first-choice school and you would attend over any other (despite any scholarship offers on the table), let them know. Write a letter of continued interest expressing your genuine reasons for wanting to attend.
Send schools an updated transcript if your most current grades will help your case for admission. Highlight any accomplishments that are not readily apparent (like upward trends or a more challenging course load). Don’t send a transcript if your grades have dipped, though. Law schools will require an updated final transcript prior to enrollment, but at this stage, you should only be sending new grades if they reflect well on you.
Give schools a brief snapshot of any major accomplishments or achievements since you submitted your applications. “Major” is the key word here – admissions officers won’t be swayed by your new position as the secretary for the Pizza Lovers’ Club. In contrast, some things truly are worthy of sharing. Won an award at an undergraduate research conference? Successfully presented your capstone research project to a faculty panel? Published a journal article? Make sure that law schools are aware of the news.
Send a new letter of recommendation. Ask a professor, employer, or mentor who hasn’t already provided a letter for you to vouch for your admission with a new letter of recommendation. This works well if you started a new internship or took on new research responsibilities just as you submitted your applications, and have since built positive working relationships with people overseeing your work.
Visit schools that are on the top of your list. Set up appointments to tour campus, and make sure admissions officers are aware that you’re making the effort to visit. You can ask to speak with current students or ask to drop in on a 1L class. Visiting isn’t just a great way to show interest – it’s also a good way for you to learn more about the school.
Space out your communications with schools. Don’t bombard schools with hundreds of follow-ups, phone calls, and emails to show your interest. We know the waitlist can be a tough spot to be in, but you’ll quickly throw out your chances of acceptance if you become an annoyance to the admissions office. Checking in once every few weeks is acceptable – not every few minutes!
Best of luck with the law school waitlist process. We know it’s stressful – but it can also lead you to your dream school, with some effort and (well-timed) persistence.

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