Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Wait List

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?

You will remain on the wait list until school begins unless: 1) we notify you of an offer of admission, or 2) you notify us that you are no longer interested in attending William & Mary Law School and request removal from further consideration. If you want to be removed from the wait list, please complete the online form.

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. They also may 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 (such as my final transcript, additional honors or awards that I may have received, additional substantive letters of recommendation, the results on a new LSAT) to supplement my application?

We are happy to review letters of continued interest and add to your application materials. You may electronically submit any information that you believe will strengthen your application. Everything that is submitted will be reviewed and considered. Note: Electronic submission of additional information must follow this format: lastname_firstname_documenttype (ex:greengold_griffin_resume).

If we are sincerely your first choice of law schools, it is important for us to know that as well! Showing interest is important in the wait list process, but remember that quality is better than quantity. If you have additional questions as to supplementing your application, please contact the admission office. 

Should I visit?

Due to the current pandemic, William & Mary Law School is not currently open to visitors, though you may choose to drive around campus and the surrounding area if you are near Williamsburg. You may also schedule a one on one conversation with [[lftitterington, Dean Jordan]] should you have any questions. 

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.


We appreciate your interest in William & Mary Law School. We encourage you to stay in touch with us throughout the summer. You can email us at [[lawadm]], and let us know of your continued interest. 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. Please let us know if you have elected to pursue other opportunities and are no longer interested in attending William & Mary Law School so we can remove you from the waiting list.