Aaaaaaaaand We’re Back!

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been here, but we’re back and ready to roll with the new recruitment year for the Class of 2023! You may have seen that our application went live on September 1st, and we’re so excited to start reading your applications! If you haven’t even started to think about your application, though, this post is for you. Here are a few things that you’ll need to know before submitting your application to W&M Law for the Class of 2023.

Application Dates & Deadlines

While almost all of this information can be found on our website, it’s handy to have it all in one place here, too. There are two ways that you can apply to W&M Law.

  1. Regular Decision – Free to apply and open now!
    Application Closes: March 1
    Required Pieces: LSAT, Undergrad Transcripts, and 2 Letters of Recommendation sent through CAS; Personal Statement; Resume; Optional Addenda for LSAT/GPA/Why W&M Law/Diversity & Inclusion
    Last LSAT Accepted: January 2020
  2. Early Decision – Binding contract required for submission, free to apply and open now!
    Application Closes: January 15
    Required Pieces: Signed Early Decision contract; LSAT, Undergrad Transcripts, and 2 Letters of Recommendation sent through CAS; Personal Statement; Resume; Optional Addenda for LSAT/GPA/Why W&M Law/Diversity & Inclusion
    Last LSAT Accepted: November 2019

FAQs & Definitions

  1. Can I apply before I take my LSAT?
    Yes! There is a space on our application where you can indicate your plans to take a future LSAT, and we will wait to evaluate your application until we receive those scores. This includes those who have an LSAT on file already but plan to retake the LSAT. Remember, though, that all applications must be COMPLETED by the deadlines listed above for consideration, so don’t plan to take an LSAT after the application deadline!
  2. What does “binding” mean in the Early Decision application?
    When you apply Early Decision, you are stating that you will attend William & Mary Law if admitted – in short, you are bound to upholding that contract. The contract you sign states that you will withdraw all other applications you have submitted if you are admitted through the Early Decision application; this means that if you aren’t 100% sure that we’re you’re go-to pick, you should apply Regular Decision.
  3. Do I have to submit another application if I don’t get admitted Early Decision?
    No! Any student who applies Early Decision will still be considered for Regular Decision admission. What this means is that your application and all materials will still be valid for admission to the Class of 2023, but you will no longer be held to the Early Decision contract you signed, and can continue to consider other law schools once you’ve received your admission decision from William & Mary Law.
  4. Is the resume required?
    100%, absolutely, yes. You wouldn’t apply to a job without a resume, why would you apply to a professional school without one? And they are looked at, we promise you. So please don’t send us a list of things you did by academic year, or pages with 20 point font to make it look longer than it really is. Use the resources available to you at your undergraduate institution, or have a co-worker or supervisor advise you on your resume before you submit it.
  5. Can I take the February LSAT if I’m applying Regular Decision?
    No; January 2020 is the last LSAT score that we will accept for Regular Decision applications, so please plan accordingly. Like you, law schools don’t receive those scores until weeks after the exams take place, and so to allow for a full evaluation of all applications in a timely manner, a completed application, including LSAT scores, is required by the application deadline.
  6. I’m a splitter – can I get admitted to William & Mary Law? 
    The most loaded of all questions we get. When we receive your application, we’ll be able to give you a better idea! It’s a holistic review process for a reason; it depends on a number of things, and a lot of the other material required for your application can help, or hurt, your overall chances. We don’t have a chart that determines admissibility based solely on GPA and LSAT scores. If we did, our job would be a lot easier.
  7. When can I expect to hear a decision about my application?
    In short, it depends. We try really hard to make sure that everyone has a decision on their application 3-4 weeks after their application is complete. We can’t guarantee that timeline, though, because we don’t know what our application volume will look like yet! Also know that just because you’ve submitted your application doesn’t mean that it’s complete; we may be waiting on your CAS report because you haven’t taken the LSAT Writing yet, and so we don’t have your LSAT score. Those sorts of delays will delay your admission decision.

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!!