FAQs for Students on the Summer Waitlist

In an effort to answer questions you may have about the admissions process from this point forward, the Admissions Office has created the following list of frequently asked questions. 

We understand the time and effort 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 waitlist"?

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.

However, at this time, all initial offers of admission have been made. The summer waitlist will now be used to fill openings in our entering class. All offers we extend from this point forward will depend on the space that becomes available when admitted students withdraw from our incoming class

Are there spaces available and what are my chances for admission?

We do anticipate admitting some candidates who have been placed on the summer waitlist. The applicant pool varies each year, and therefore we cannot predict how many applicants will be offered admission.

Please be aware that the summer waitlist is not in ranked. Should a seat(s) become available to fill, the Admissions Committee will re-assess waitlisted candidates against our needs to bring in a diverse yet balanced class.

What can I do if I am still interested in attending Northwestern Law and wish to enhance my chances for admission?

We encourage applicants placed on the summer waitlist to submit letters of continued interest or additional letters of recommendation. You should also notify us of any job promotions, honors, or other accolades you have received since submitting your application. All new information should be submitted electronically as an email attachment sent to admissions@law.northwestern.edu

If you have earned new grades, official transcripts should be sent to LSAC so we can receive an updated CAS report with this information. 

Can I submit additional writing samples or information about myself?

Absolutely! The Admissions Committee developed three optional questions for applicants on the summer waitlist. Throughout the application process we learned a lot about your ambition, motivation for law school, academic abilities, and career goals. The purpose of these optional assignments is to learn more about you as a person.

The optional assignment questions are as follows:

  1. If you could instantly change any current U.S. law or policy, which would it be and what would you change?

  2. Many laypeople hold strong negative stereotypes about attorneys and court systems. Which of these negative stereotypes do you think are true, and how might justice system behavior be effectively changed to encourage more confidence in the general public?

  3. If you were interviewing applicants for admission to Northwestern University School of Law, what traits would you characterize as important? Mandatory?

You can respond to these questions in written or video format, and responses should be submitted through your electronic Summer Waitlist Portfolio. Instructions on how to access your Portfolio will be sent to you via email. 

Does being placed on the summer waitlist impact my ability to receive a scholarship?

At Northwestern Law, all grants and scholarships 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, all scholarship funding has been allocated and 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. Please visit our financial aid section for more information.

How do I remove myself from consideration?

Please complete our Waitlist Response Form

Whom should I contact if I still have questions?

If you have remaining questions or concerns about the waitlist process, please call us at (312) 503-8465 or email us at admissions@law.northwestern.edu. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you.