is no single notification date for law school acceptance. Early decision and
early access candidates will hear before the end of the year. Some regular
acceptances are sent between January and March, but the majority of acceptances
are not announced until early April.
If you are successful in gaining
admission to law school, you may be faced with having to choose among several
schools that admit you. Gather as much relevant data as you can. Visit the
schools, consult alumni, and review your own criteria. Avoid decisions based
solely on financial concerns and do pay attention to your gut feelings.
Once you are admitted, the school
will request a deposit. Withdraw promptly from any school that no longer
If you are not admitted to the
school(s) of your choice, consider reapplying at a later date. It is easier to
write a convincing application after a few years of work. One year of further
study, travel, or work in a law-related field can lead to success upon
reapplication by demonstrating that you have gain new experiences that would make you a better candidate.
Some students who were
unsuccessful in admission to law school may be so impatient to begin the study
of law that instead of waiting for reapplication, they turn to less
competitive, non-accredited law schools in the United States, or to foreign law
schools. This can be very unwise. Transfer credit and graduate study at a
school approved by the American Bar Association may be denied if the applicant
has not been trained at an accredited institution. Furthermore, one must not
assume that these schools will actually provide proper training for the
practice of law or for the profession’s licensing bar examination.
you have received decisions, send thank-you letters to your recommenders, and
let them know where you have been accepted and where you intend to enroll.