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How to Get Off the Law School Wait List and Get Accepted

The wait list. It’s the law school equivalent of purgatory–you’re not in, but you’re not going somewhere else either.

Being wait-listed by a law school can be frustrating. It can seemingly put your future on hold, make you second-guess yourself, and even make you feel helpless.

But don’t worry… You’re not.

Here are three actions you can take to help move your law school application from the wait-list pile to the accepted stack.

Submit an additional letter of recommendation. 

Sure, you’ve probably already submitted letters of recommendation. But if you send another from a person who can speak to your abilities and why you would make a good law student, you may be able to move your application up.

If possible, have the letter-writer cover something about you that wasn’t included in your other letters–your grit, determination, passion for a certain area of the law. And if you can, find a graduate from the school to which you’ve applied to write it–the more successful and respected, the better. Law schools naturally have great faith in their alumni, so the words of their graduates carry greater weight than those of others.

Visit the school.

Meet with the admissions representatives and tell them why you are most interested in their law school.
Law school admissions reps are under a lot of pressure. They need to recruit top students, sure. But they also need to admit students who are most likely to accept their offers–yield matters for law school rankings and admissions reps’ job performance evaluations.

So stop by the school and tell the admissions team that their law school is your top choice. The key is to express additional and sincere interest.

Follow-up like you would do with a job interview.

After you’ve stopped by the school, send the people you met with a letter thanking them for their time and stating why you would be a good addition to the student body

Do a little more research on the school and reference it in the follow-up letter. Talk about the special programs they offer, their “points of pride,” and why you want to join their particular incoming class. Have they recently started a new clinic or externship program that interests you? Did they recently overhaul their first-year curriculum to be more “skills-based”?

If so, tell them. The more you can personalize your letter–to them as well as yourself–the more persuasive your letter will be.


About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law school tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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