For Waitlisted Students

If you have been waitlisted, you will undoubtedly have questions regarding your status. However, because each admission cycle is unique, it is impossible for us to say when or how many offers we will make from the waitlist. In order to address frequently asked questions and concerns, we have created an exclusive waitlist candidate website. Here you will find answers about the process and information about Notre Dame Law School to better prepare you for an enrollment decision.

Your first step is to complete the Waitlist Response Form. The Waitlist Response Form allows you to tell us whether or not you wish to be considered for future admission as well as the latest date you wish to remain on the waitlist. Given that students can be admitted off the waitlist anytime during the spring or summer months, many students for whom Notre Dame Law School is their top choice will choose a date in August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the Law School
Visiting campus is the best way to experience the distinctive qualities of Notre Dame Law School. We encourage you to visit so that if admitted off of the waitlist you are equipped to make a decision about whether or not Notre Dame Law school is the right “fit” for your legal education. More information on visiting is available here.

Academics
The Law School offers a wide range of courses touching on many areas of legal scholarship and training. We provide seven programs of study for students who wish to specialize in particular legal fields and issues. We also offer several clinics and experiential learning opportunities, allowing students to craft a learning experience that meets their goals and develops their legal skills for future employment. Please visit our Academics section for more information.

Career Development Information
The Career Development Office (CDO) helps students and alumni identify and obtain positions within the legal industry. The goal of the CDO is to provide students with the tools necessary to obtain internships and the first job after graduation, as well as the skills necessary to navigate the legal market throughout a career. We recommend reviewing the CDO website to better understand the programs and resources available to students and alumni. You may also wish to review employment data.

Financial Aid
Your decision to enter law school is a decision to invest in your future. In anticipation of an offer of admission from Notre Dame Law School and if you expect to reply on loan assistance to finance your education, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Please list Notre Dame on the FAFSA (code 001840). In terms of non-repayable scholarship from the Law School, you will be evaluated for merit-based scholarship based on the availability of funds at the time you are admitted. More information is available in our Tuition & Aid section.

Life in South Bend
Notre Dame Law School is centrally located in the heart of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. Throughout your time at Notre Dame, you will discover not only Notre Dame’s many amenities, but also the outstanding culture and life of the South Bend area and the Michiana region. Please visit our Student Life section for more information.


About the Waitlist Process

Why does the Admissions Committee use a waitlist?
The Admissions Committee uses a waitlist because of our “rolling admissions” review process and because enrollment plans may change. The waitlist allows the Committee to re-evaluate applicants on the waitlist based on the applicant pool and the size and composition of the entering class.

Will my application be reviewed again?
If you inform us of your continuing interest in admission, the Admissions Committee will re-review your application (in its entirety) if it becomes clear that we will have further space in the class after the initial deposit deadline has passed in mid-April.  This review process will allow the Admissions Committee to compare your candidacy to that of other applicants as well as to the needs of the entering class.

You are encouraged and invited to provide the Admissions Committee with any new or significant information that speaks to your ability, your motivation for law as a career, and/or your particular interest in Notre Dame for your legal education. Please forward these materials by email to lawyer@nd.edu. Please note that any additional materials should be in a Word or PDF format and must include your name and LSAC account number. 

When is it likely that students on the waitlist may hear about offers of admission?
The Admissions Committee will assess the size and needs of the incoming class after the initial deposit deadline has passed in mid-April.  At that point, the Admissions Committee may begin extending offers of admission.  The bulk of any admissions offers will likely occur in April and May and will continue through the summer as necessary. The Admissions Committee will maintain a waitlist through late summer.  

What do I need to do in order to receive consideration for admission via the waitlist process?
A Waitlist Response Form has been created and added to the main page of waitlisted students webpage. To receive continuing consideration for admission, you must complete and submit your form within two weeks of receiving your letter. Please note, if you are no longer interested in consideration for the Fall 2018 entering class, you may notify us by completing the form or by submitting your withdrawal from the waitlist via email or letter.

How many offers of admission will be made from the waitlist?
Each year the number of individuals admitted from the waitlist varies. 

Will I be notified of any changes or updates to the waitlist?
The Admissions Office will notify you immediately if your status on the waitlist changes. We may contact you by mail, e-mail, or phone. Additionally, you may receive periodic updates regarding the status of the waitlist as a whole.

Is there anything else I should do in anticipation of an offer of admission?
If you expect to rely on loan assistance to finance your legal education, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please list Notre Dame on the FAFSA (code 001840). In terms of nonrepayable fellowship aid from the Law School, the Admissions Committee will consider you for such aid based on the availability of funds at the time you are admitted.

Students admitted from the waitlist often have to make a decision regarding their offer of admission very quickly. If you feel that visiting Notre Dame Law School will be an important component of making that decision, you may want to consider scheduling a visit. We host waitlist students on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the spring semester and summer. Simply RSVP on our visit website.

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You've Been Admitted - Now What?

When will admissions offers begin being made from the waitlist?
Admissions offers to those on the waitlist happen after the Admissions Committee has had the chance to assess the size of the entering class based on seat deposits received. Typically this happens just after the first seat deposit deadline. This year that deadline is April 20. The Admissions Committee many extend offers of admission beginning in the spring and continuing throughout the summer as necessary.

I have just been offered a seat in the class, how long do I have to make a decision?
The amount of time you have to make a decision will depend upon when the offer is made. If an offer is made in April, you will have about a week to make your enrollment decision. If the offer is made later in the summer, you may have 48 hours to make a decision. If the offer is made closer to orientation, you may have even less time to make a decision.

Students admitted from the waitlist often have to make a decision regarding their offer of admission very quickly. If you feel that visiting Notre Dame Law School will be an important component of making that decision, you may want to consider scheduling a visit. We host waitlist students on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the spring semester and summer. Simply RSVP on our visit website.

I have been offered a seat and I want to enroll, how do I confirm my seat?
You will submit your deposit and complete the necessary confirmation paperwork online.

What else is required for me to enroll?
You will need to provide an official, final transcript (with degree conferral) to LSAC. You will also need to complete the medical history form (available on the admitted student website). Both items are due in July, or as soon as possible after confirming your seat.

I would like to live on-campus. Is that an option? How do I apply?
Depending on when you are admitted, some on-campus housing may be available. After your seat deposit is received and processed you will be emailed your ndID number. You will use this number to set up your e-mail and access on-line resources. Once you have access to on-line resources, you will be able to apply for on-campus housing.

How do I find a place to live off-campus? How do I find a roommate?
After you are admitted you will receive resources to help you learn more about life in South Bend including detailed information about off-campus housing options. Through the Admitted Student website you can view a copy of the Insider’s Guide as well as submit a roommate matching form.

How do I set-up access to my ND e-mail account?
After your seat deposit is received and processed you will be e-mailed your ndID number. You will use this number to set up your e-mail and access on-line resources.

Is there recommended reading for law school?
You do not need to read any specific books or articles this summer. We highly recommend that you continue to read what you enjoy to keep up your reading speed and comprehension. Closer to the start of the semester, you will receive first day of class assignments.

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