Getting placed on a waitlist is disheartening, if not downright aggravating. But it happens even to the best of us. It's important to understand the process, so that you can make important decisions that will improve your ability to get into law school, whether it's one you've been waitlisted by or immediately accepted to. All schools have waitlists, depending on the number of applicants that year. Hofstra University is one of the many law schools that have one. One way around it would be to apply for an online education, such as through UMD Online.
So what's the next step after you've been waitlisted by a law school you really want to attend? There are a few options.
Research the Waitlist
The first thing you want to do after being placed on a waitlist is to research the school's waitlist process. There may be special rules you need to follow in order to get off, so follow them to the T. For instance, you may be required to show your continued interest. It's also a good idea to give the admissions office a call to find out details regarding:
- The number of people on the waitlist.
- Whether the waitlist is ranked or categorized, and what group you're in and how many people are in it.
- How many people on the waitlist are normally offered admissions.
- Are students chosen based on academic strength or diversity needs?
- When will final decisions be made?
- What can you do to improve your chances of being admitted?
Send a Letter of Continued Interest
As mentioned above, most schools want you to do this, but even if they don't require it, you should submit one anyway. It's an opportunity to reach out to admissions and show them your interest and potentially push your application up in the waitlist pile. Normally, decisions are made between April and the time classes begin.
Pay a Visit to the School
This is good for two reasons - to test your interest in the school and to show the school you are interested. If you live close enough or have the means to travel to the school, then you should definitely plan a trip. Make sure to let the admissions office know you're coming, so they're aware of your visit and can expect you. This will ensure you get credit for your visit as showing continued interest and commitment.
Send Another Letter of Recommendation
It's only a good idea to submit another letter of recommendation if the recommender can offer a fresh perspective. It should focus on aspects that the other letters missed, so that it's not considered a waste of time. If you obtained letters from your professors the first time around, consider going to coaches or your work supervisor this time.
Review Your Application
Are there any weak points in your application? One way to know is to review it again. See if there are any gaps that you can fill and improve, which can help get you off the waitlist. One thing you could do is retake the LSAT, if you believe you can raise the score. Then update it on your application once you do.