FAQ for Students on Hold

The Admissions Office would like to provide you with the following information in an effort to answer questions that you may have regarding the admissions process from this point forward. We understand the time and effort that you have invested in your application and hope this information will be helpful to you. We sincerely appreciate your patience and continued interest in Northwestern Law's unique learning community.

What does it mean to be placed on "hold"?
The Admissions Committee has completed a review of your application. While we are unable to provide an offer of admission at this time, the Admissions Committee is impressed with your accomplishments and found certain aspects of your application to be compelling, and therefore does not want to deny you outright from consideration.  Thus, if your application is on "hold" you are still under consideration for a seat in the entering class and your application may be re-evaluated at any time.

Are there spaces available and what are my chances for admission?
We do anticipate admitting some candidates who have been placed on hold. The applicant pool varies each year, and therefore we cannot predict exactly how many candidates will be placed on hold or how many applicants will be offered admission after being placed on hold. Because candidates on hold are not placed in ranked order, we are unable to assess an individual applicant’s chances for admission.

What can I do if I am still interested in attending Northwestern and wish to enhance my chances for admission?
As stated in your decision letter, we will accept letters of continued interest or additional letters of recommendation. You should also keep us abreast of any job promotions, honors, and other accolades you have received since submitting your application. If you have earned new grades in undergrad or in Masters coursework, you should make sure they are included in your LSAC account so we can receive an updated CAS report with this information. If you have done any additional research on Northwestern Law which makes our school more compelling in your eyes, you should make us aware of that as well. We require all new information to be submitted electronically via email to admissions@law.northwestern.edu or through LSAC. 

If you have not participated in an on-campus interview, you may schedule an interview in April. Please note that April interviews are reserved for hold candidates who have not yet interviewed with us, or who have only done an off-campus interview with an alum. If we are able to offer additional interview spots, we will make an announcement through our Twitter feed and Facebook page. 

Can I submit additional writing samples or information about myself?
 The Admissions Committee has devised four optional questions exclusively for hold applicants. Throughout the application process we have learned a lot about your ambition, motivation for law school, academic ability, and career goals. The purpose of this optional assignment is for us to find out more about you as a person!

Instructions on how to access your online Hold Portfolio were sent to you via email. If you did not receive this email or lost it, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@law.northwestern.edu. You will submit the answers to the optional questions through your Hold Portfolio.

Because these are optional, you may choose to submit none, one, two, three, or all of them. However, you may only submit one response (either written essay or video) to each question you choose to answer. 

If you choose to write a written essay response, plese limit your response to each question to 750 words. Your name and LSAC ID number should appear in the top right hand corner of the first page.

If you choose to submit a video response, please limit your response for each question to no more than a 6 minute video. You should begin the video by stating your name, LSAC ID, and the essay question you will be answering.

Question 1: What have you done recently to step out of your comfort zone? Why did you do it, how did you feel afterwards, and what did you learn from it?
Question 2: If you had an entire day free-no responsibilities, no projects or homework, no job or need for a job-describe how you would spend the day.
Question 3: If you were given a completely free online media spree (iTunes, iBooks, Amazon, Kindle, Audible.com, etc.) what books or music would you download and why?
Question 4: If you could instantly be an expert at one thing (outside of the legal field), what would it be and why?