Getting Off a Law School Waitlist

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Law School Podcaster just released a great 23 minute podcast with advice for those of you on law school waitlists. I’ll admit, I was among those interviewed in the podcast and I have really enjoyed the content at Law School Podcaster lately, so if you haven’t checked out this site, I highly recommend it.

16 Responses

  1. Hi Ann,

    I just listened to the podcast and I thought it was great!!! I honestly thought that I would be a pest by contacting law schools about my status but now after listening to the podcast I realize that I haven’t been putting myself out there as much as I should have been. I’m definitely going to use your suggestions mentioned but in a non-stalkerish way. Thank you! Your tips on the podcast and in general are ALWAYS extremely helpful!

  2. Hi,
    In the podcast you stated “If you have an area that you really have a demonstrated interest and expertise in, find the professor at that school that shares that expertise that you would want to work with and study with and contact that person. ”

    I’m interested in tax law and was thinking about emailing a few of the tax professors there. What should I say in the email? What should we be discussing about? I’m not sure…thanks!

  3. Hi there!! Since you seem to be in the know about these things 🙂 …I have a few questions that I am sure a couple other people are curious about…

    I am currently riding 3 waitlists for T-14 schools. (Northwestern, UVA, and Cornell- well I am techincally still on reserve there) Since this is an odd year, do you have any insight as to what’s going on in terms of enrollment and if the chances of getting in off a waitlist at this point this year are slim to none? The rumors are pretty bad and say that all of the schools are overenrolled. If that is the case, why have the wait list?

    1. E – Schools don’t move to WLs until July, after 2nd deposits. It’s too soon to tell if there will be major movement in the T-14… Hang in there!

  4. Hi Ann,

    I have been wait listed at my first choice school. I am going to be visiting their campus and meeting with an admissions advisor on Thursday. I plan to wear business casual, but should I wear a suit? I don’t want to be too formal (is it possible to be too formal?), but at the same time, I want to make a good impression.

    Also, do you have any other tips for me?


  5. I was recently notified that I have been wait listed at Vanderbilt (my number one choice) and am curious if you think a visit would still be worth while this late in the game (I could tour campus but would not be able to sit in on classes since they are out for summer).

  6. Hi Ann,
    I too am wait listed at my number one choice. Is it helpful to leverage the fact that I was accepted to an equally ranked law school/ peer school with scholarship? Even if I did not end up depositing there?


  7. Hi Ann,
    I have not been accepted into any schools. I am on several wait lists. I just got wait listed at the school my girlfriend is going to and this is obviously my first choice. Is it worthwhile to mention this as a reason I want to go to this school? Or better to leave personal things like this out?


  8. Ann-

    I have been wait listed at University of Illinois, a top choice for me considering its national reputation and reputation in Illinois, where I live and plan to practice law. I was wondering if you had any knowledge of their wait list this cycle or know of anything else I can do besides send a Statement of Continued Interest and visit the school. Thanks!

  9. Hi Ann,

    I was waitlisted at Pepperdine Law, which is my first choice school. I have already submitted a letter of continued interest as well as an additional letter of recommendation. Do you have any other advice for me or suggestions for what I should do? I really want to get off the waitlist as soon as possible, but I don’t want to annoy the admission office. Thank you!

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