Waitlist Q&A

What does waitlist status mean?

Being on the waitlist means that Miami Law is not able to offer the applicant admission at this time but continues to be interested in their file and will consider it again should the Admissions Committee need to make more offers of admission.

Is the waitlist ranked?

The waitlist is not ranked. If circumstances warrant additional admission offers, Miami Law reviews the waitlisted applicants and make offers at that time.

Is it possible to reply to the waitlist?

Yes. Click here to fill out a form letting Miami Law whether to keep a name on the waitlist, withdraw it, or to indicate another application status.

How long will a decision take?

It is not possible to say when or if a decision will happen. It might take place after the first deposit deadline of April 15 or after the second deposit deadline of June 1. It can also happen in the middle of the summer, as late as the first day of class, or not happen at all. Waitlisted applicants can be approached at any point between notification and the first day of class. Individuals on the waitlist will have the opportunity to notify Miami Law if they want to stay on the waitlist or withdraw their application (a response link was included in the notification email).

What can an applicant do to improve their chances?

Waitlisted applicants are welcome to submit any additional relevant documentation in support of their file. However, it is not advisable to submit information that is simply repeating what has already been said. The Admissions Committee realizes being on the waitlist is an uncomfortable position to be in and thus appreciates all applicants’ patience.

How many people are on the waitlist?

Miami Law does not release information about how many people are on the waitlist. After the first and second seat deposits, many applicants will be released from the waitlist. Some may be admitted, some may remain on the waitlist, and a large number may be denied.

Is it possible to talk to someone in order to get admitted?

Miami Law does not grant interviews to determine admissions decisions. Applicants are welcome to address questions to the Office of Student Recruitment.

If Miami Law is the only school applied to, what can one do?

Miami Law always encourages applicants to apply to more than one school to increase the chances of reaching the goal: going to law school. If an applicant does not get into Miami Law, the only option is to reapply next year while also applying to several schools that are within an applicant’s reach.

If a student is not admitted, can they apply as a transfer applicant in the future?

Yes. To be considered for transfer, a student must complete no more or less than the first year of law school and achieve a 3.00 or better grade point average. Applicants are also judged on their competitiveness with the first year class as well as their LSAT and undergraduate academic record. It is not unusual for a transfer applicant to meet the criteria for consideration but not be admitted.

If a student is not admitted and reapplies, will they still be seriously considered for admission?

The files of all applicants are carefully reviewed. However, if the exact same file is presented with no changes, the final outcome will likely be the same.