Waitlist FAQs

We appreciate your interest in William & Mary Law School and encourage you to stay in touch with us throughout the summer. Though we understand that the wait list process can be stressful, we hope that wait listed applicants will be able to keep their options open as long as possible. We understand, of course, that you may decide to pursue other alternatives rather than remain on the wait list. As much as we hope William & Mary Law School will be able to accommodate additional candidates, we urge those on our waiting list not to forego desirable alternatives while waiting for a final decision from our office. 

What is the wait list and how is it used?

William & Mary Law School receives a significant number of applications for admission each year.  As has been the case in prior years, many strong candidates are not selected for immediate admission due to the small size of our student body. We assume that a limited number of individuals initially admitted will decline our offer and will elect to attend another institution or choose another career opportunity. Thus, the wait list is established to provide a means through which other well-qualified applicants may be selected for admission should openings in the class occur.

What steps do I need to take now?

Candidates who received a waitlist decision have until May 1 to accept or decline their position on the waitlist. Those who wish to change their decision should contact [[w|lawadm,Admissions]].  

How am I kept informed as to my status on the wait list?

Unless you are notified of your admission from the waitlist, you can assume that you remain on the waitlist and in consideration of admission throughout the summer. We do not rank our waitlist, so your status will not change unless admitted. 

Is the wait list ranked?

The wait list is not ranked and all candidates are considered for admission when the opportunity for additional offers occurs.

How does the wait list process work?

The wait list will remain active until the start of classes. Over the summer, we will monitor the status of the members of the class. If an admitted student withdraws from the class or decides to decline their admission offer during the summer, we will decide whether to offer that vacancy to someone on the wait list. 

How long do you keep the waitlist?

In a typical cycle, we will close the waitlist during the first week of August. By this time, we have a strong indication of our current class, and want to ensure that all of our waitlisted candidates find an opportunity to start law school in the fall. 

What are my chances of being admitted?

There are many variables affecting this process.  It is extremely difficult to predict the outcome. Each year is unique. Some admitted applicants may place multiple deposits at several schools and select their law school following a summer campus visit. Some applicants may also be waiting for financial aid awards before they make their final enrollment decision. The process is also affected if other law schools move to their wait lists which may impact the admitted students’ law school decisions and/or reduce the size of our wait list.

May I improve my chances for admission by retaking the LSAT?

Applicants on the wait list may improve their chances of admission for openings available this summer by having a higher LSAT score. You may prepare for and retake an upcoming LSAT. Score reports for current year applicants will automatically be sent to William & Mary’s admission office once scores are posted.

Can I submit additional information to supplement my application?

We are happy to review the following materials as a part of your waitlist candidacy:
1. Letters of continued interest 
2. Updated/final transcripts 
3. A new LSAT score
No additional material will be accepted. 


How will you notify me if I am accepted from the wait list?

You will be notified via phone and/or email of your admission. We will then send you our admission package for your review. You will be given a short amount of time to make your decision. Because offers may be extended in the late summer toward the start of classes, this amount of time may be very short. 

What about financial assistance for candidates selected from the wait list?

Candidates offered admission from the wait list will be considered for any available financial assistance awarded by the Law School. They may also apply for government and private educational loans. Students applying for need-based funds and/or educational loans are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  William & Mary‘s Title IV code is 003705.

May I defer an offer of admission from the waiting list?

Unfortunately not. When we are admitting students from the wait list, it is because we have a seat available in this year’s class.

May I obtain the William & Mary law degree as a transfer student?

If you attend another ABA-accredited law school and remain interested in obtaining the William & Mary degree, you may reapply to William & Mary Law School as a transfer student after your first year.  Transfer students study law at William & Mary for their second and third years to receive the juris doctor degree from William & Mary Law School.