Your Applications Are In — Now What?

You finally submitted the last of your law school applications.  Congratulations!  (For those of you still working on applications, get them in ASAP!) After all of that frenetic activity you aren’t sure what to do next but you understand that you are now in a “wait and see” mode. Fast forward two weeks with no word on your applications.  Should you start calling the admissions offices for a status check?  NO!

First — any follow up contact with law school admissions offices should wait a reasonable time, usually about 4-6 weeks from the date you submitted your application.  The admissions review process is not like texting, folks.  Allow people time to read, reflect and render a thoughtful decision!

Second — the manner of checking in/follow up with admissions offices will be dictated by each individual law school. Check your LSAC CAS account and the law school’s website before doing anything! Did the law school provide a specific time-frame for a decision on your application?  Did they direct applicants to a specific email for application status inquiries?  Is there a phone number to call?  Or, more importantly, have they clearly stated that you should only use your LSAC CAS status/tracking information?  Whatever the case, ignoring directions will not help you in the quest for a successful application cycle.  Read and do what the law schools ask!

Next — when you do hear from the law schools, most of you will have good news in the form of acceptances.   On average, UIUC seniors in the 2015-2016 application cycle received 4 offers of admission. That means you will likely have some choices and therefore some decisions to make.  In addition, part of the admissions process will probably also include offers of scholarships.  Therefore, now is the time for you to reflect on the schools to which you applied and consider how you view the schools and the price that you are willing and able to pay to attend law school. Note — the law schools are not the only source for scholarships.  If you go to our Compass page, you can see a list of over 250 scholarships to help fund your legal education. 

In addition, as part of your research on scholarships, you should attend our “Negotiating Law School Scholarships” panel on Monday, February 26, 5pm, 1090 Lincoln Hall.  Our panelists will be:

  • Amanda Noascono, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law
  • Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law
  • Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law

These deans will be offering suggestions and insights into how applicants can have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded.  This is the ideal way to bolster your research about the next phase of the admissions cycle. So mark your calendars and make this event one of the final aspects of your evaluation process as you try to determine the right law school for you!