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Frequently Asked Questions

Waitlist Students

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington School of Law. Each year, we receive over 2,600 applications for the limited number of seats available in the first-year class. Our offer of a position on our waitlist reflects our Admissions Committee’s favorable recommendation based on your strong academic and personal achievements. We understand that the waitlist process may be a very stressful period as you weigh your law school options. We will keep you informed of the progress of your application as additional information becomes available. In the meantime, please review the FAQs below. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How many students are placed on the waiting list?

This number varies from year-to-year. In law school admissions, every year is different and past experience is not necessarily predictive of how a given cycle will unfold. However, we only place those candidates we believe could be successful at UW Law on our waitlist.

Where am I on the waiting list?

Our waitlist is not ranked. We review the files of our entire waiting pool when we have an opening in our entering class.

How do you decide which waitlisted students are offered admission?

Just like the initial admissions process, we take a holistic approach to file reviewing. Because of this, we aren’t able to speculate on the odds that any individual applicant might be offered admission.

Is there anything I can do to enhance my chance of admission?

We have all necessary information to make a final decision. We ask that waitlisted candidates remain patient, there’s little to be done—every student on the waitlist is well-qualified for admission. Students are welcome to provide a letter of continued interest and send it to .

When will I hear from the University of Washington School of Law?

While we do our best to keep you informed, we cannot give you a definitive timeline. In most years, the first point at which we learn of openings in our class is after our deposit deadline (May 1). We may also be in a position to make offers of admission later in the summer—each year, a few students will decide to attend elsewhere, even after making a deposit. Seats may become available right up until the start of orientation in September. We understand that not every student is able to accept an offer of admission so late in the summer. If at any point you no longer wish to be considered, please let us know by sending us an email at:. We contact students via email and phone, so please be sure to keep your file updated with us if your contact information changes.

If I receive an offer of admission, how long will I have to decide?

We try to work with students on an acceptable timeline—typically we give students 3-7 days. A non-refundable tuition deposit will be required to confirm your acceptance. We are happy to assist you in gathering all the information you’ll need to make a quick decision, should you receive an offer of admission.

If admitted off the waitlist, will there be scholarship money available?

We are unable to tell in advance whether or not we’ll have funds available for students offered admission from the waitlist.

What about federal financial aid?

If your FAFSA has been filed, we’ll begin to process your paperwork as soon as you accept a seat in our class. You will need to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) directly about your federal loans at 206.543.6101 or .

In past years, how many have been taken off the waitlist?

No two years are alike. As a consequence, the number of students taken off the waitlist on any given year depends on many variables specific to that cycle (e.g., application volume, overall quality of applicants, enrollment goals, etc.). The number of students taken off the waitlist in a prior year has no bearing on the number of students who will be taken off the waitlist in the current year.

Last updated 12/30/2014