FAQ for Students on Summer Waiting List

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 the "summer waiting list"?
The Admissions Committee has completed a review of all the applications for the Fall 2013 entering class. While we are unable to provide an offer of admission at this time, the Admissions Committee remains 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. You must affirm your choice to remain under consideration for a seat in the entering class by completing the Candidate Response Form. In doing this, your application may be re-evaluated at any time this summer.


Are there spaces available and what are my chances for admission?
We do anticipate admitting some candidates who have been placed on the summer waiting list. The applicant pool varies each year, and therefore we cannot predict how many applicants will be offered admission. The summer waiting list is not in ranked order. Should a seat(s) become available to fill, the Admissions Committee will re-assess the summer waiting list against our needs to bring in a diverse yet balanced class.

We will utilize our Twitter feed and Facebook page to make announcements about forthcoming decisions.


What can I do if I am still interested in attending Northwestern and wish to enhance my chances for admission?
We will accept letters of continued interest or additional letters of recommendation. If you have done any additional research on Northwestern Law that makes our school more compelling in your eyes, or visited the Law School, you should make us aware of that as well. You should also keep us abreast of any job promotions, honors, and other accolades you have received since initially 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 the update. We require all new information to be submitted electronically via email to admissions@law.northwestern.edu or through LSAC.


Can I submit additional writing samples or information about myself?
The Admissions Committee has devised four optional questions exclusively for hold/summer waiting list 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.

  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?
  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.
  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?
  4. If you could instantly be an expert at one thing (outside of the legal field), what would it be and why?

Does being placed on the summer waiting list impact my ability to receive a scholarship or grant?
All grants and scholarships at Northwestern Law are determined based on a combination of merit and need-based factors and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. At this point of the year, it is unlikely that additional funds will become available; however, our Financial Aid Office can compile a loan profile package for you if you are admitted. Should you be offered admission, please keep an eye out on your emails to ensure you have all the information to make an informed decision. Please visit our financial aid section for more information.


How do I remove myself from consideration?
We ask that you utilize the link in your updated decision letter to fill out the Candidate Response Form. In this new form, you can state the last day you wish to remain under consideration. If you change your mind prior to the date you initially listed coming due, please notify us immediately in writing that you no longer wish for your application to remain under consideration. Please feel free to email us at admissions@law.northwestern.edu.


Whom should I contact if I still have questions?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding being placed on the summer waiting list, you may call us at (312) 503-8465 or email admissions@law.northwestern.edu. As stated in your decision letter, we have allocated Wednesdays between 11 am and 4 pm (Central Time) to answer your questions. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you.