Did a law school put you on a waitlist? What does that mean and what can you do to boost your chances of being admitted to that law school?
Why The Waitlist?
First, why were you waitlisted? Simple Answer: U.S. News & World Report Rankings.
Schools are very concerned with their rankings and an easy way for them to control things from an admission standpoint are
1: watching the LSAT/GPA for admitted students; and
2: keeping acceptance rates low
What this means is that if you are at or below their median LSAT/GPA, they may waitlist you and make you fight your way in to make sure (before having to count you as an “admit”) that you are actually fairly likely to attend their school.
What To Do If You’re Waitlisted
Law schools that have put you on the waitlist need to know that you want to attend. So how do you demonstrate that your attendance is likely? Here are some ways:<
Visit the law school. Schedule a visit through the admissions office and ask to sit in on a class and go on a tour. You may even have the opportunity to meet with someone in the admissions office. This shows your interest and likelihood to attend a school in the geographic region.
Follow up with a thank-you letter reiterating your interest in the school based on what you learned during your visit. Be specific! Use the names of faculty and staff that you met, mention their programs, and generally assure them that you were paying attention.
Write An Update
If you can’t visit, write a letter with an update about what you’ve done since submitting your application. Provide new information that shows you’re still actively working to improve your application quality.
Highlight Your Interest
Write a letter stating the reasons for your specific interest in that law school and highlight things from your background that tie into those interests.
Send An Additional Recommendation
Send an additional Letter of Recommendation if the school will allow it. This letter should be specific about why you would be a great addition to the law school.
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