One. More. Week. for the Fall 2019 Application Cycle

We’re just over a week away from the close of our application for the Fall 2019 cycle, and things are getting CRAZY in the admission office (in the best way of course!) But before we hunker down in our offices and glue ourselves to the computer to do final application reviews, we have a few of your most pressing questions to answer!

  1. Can I take the March LSAT? Yes you can, as long as it’s NOT YOUR FIRST LSAT. You must have a previous LSAT score on record when submitting your application and use the March LSAT as a supplemental score. Results are released at the end of April and so there is little chance of seats still being available in the class when your application can be fully reviewed. However, we will review March LSAT scores when they are released and use that as additional information when evaluating our candidates.
  2. Can you evaluate my application with unofficial transcripts? Nope. Official transcripts must be submitted through CAS in order to be evaluated. We don’t receive a full application (which consists of our application, personal statement, and resume, combined with the CAS report including your transcripts and letters of recommendation) until every piece of the puzzle is accounted for.
  3. I submitted my application in December and I haven’t heard anything. What gives? We receive, on average, 3,500 – 4,000 applications a year, and many of those applications are reviewed multiple times. We want to make sure we have a full picture of the applicant pool, and it takes a while to do so! So be patient with us – you’ll hear soon!
  4. So then when do I find out my decision? Every year our goal is to send decisions on or before April 1st. While it’s not a guarantee, it’s a good time frame to be checking emails and mailboxes!
  5. What happens if I’m waitlisted? You’ll be notified of your status on April 1st, and updated regularly if we need to move to the waitlist for the class. There will be additional information provided with your decision email.

As always, you’re more than welcome to email us any question you have – in the meantime, we’ll be here doing a careful review of your application and building the William & Mary Law School Class of 2022!!

A Law School Built on Traditions

This week, The College of William & Mary celebrates its 326th birthday at Charter Day! On Friday, February 8th, we celebrate not only a renewal of the charter from King William & Queen Mary back in 1693, we also celebrate the official inauguration of President Katherine A. Rowe and the re-investiture of our chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65! In celebration of one of the greatest traditions at the College, we asked 2L Rebecca Jaeger to reflect on some of William & Mary Law School’s traditions as well. 

Rebecca Jaeger, 2L

Rebecca Jaeger, 2L

As one of the oldest universities in the nation, William & Mary is built on tradition. As a school that has been around for this long (326 years!), there is plenty of time to establish traditions that define the school and the community. William & Mary Law School is no exception!

Bust with 2021 hatLaw student traditions kick off during Law Week. Students right away are unofficially inducted into the William & Mary Law community when they receive a William & Mary Law School hat that is embroidered with the year of their graduation. To get the hat, you first have a conversation with the Dean of the law school, which is a great way to be welcomed into the community (and have a personal conversation with the Dean). And then, you get to rock your hat for the rest of the day.

One of the most well-known traditions is the ringing of the bell at the Wren Building. In the first week as a law student, students are invited to ring the bell to signify the beginning of their William & Mary Law education. The tradition comes full circle on the last day of classes as a 3L. All students are then invited to ring the bell again, as symbol of completing their William & Mary education. The entire day, as you walk outside, you can hear the bell ringing, as students are celebrating completing their last day of classes.

239 birthdayTraditions also mark milestones in the three years that we spend as law students here. There’s a “Halfway There” celebration in the beginning of January during 2L year, and a “100 Nights Until Graduation” celebration during the spring of 3L year. I can’t attest to what it’s like to celebrate “100 Night Until Graduation” (as I have a year and 100 Nights to go), but the “Halfway There” celebration was a great way to spend time with classmates, enjoying ice cream, and thinking about how far we have come. It’s also a tradition to celebrate the Law School’s birthday each year (with cake), and let me say that it’s quite a unique experience to attend a 239th Birthday party. It’s a fun way to recognize the previous centuries of legal education at William & Mary Law and to toast to the ones to come.

The traditions at William & Mary Law help build a unique community: one rooted in history and tradition, committed to educating and developing citizen-lawyers.