Wait List Frequently Asked Questions

Every year, MSU Law places applicants on the Wait List. The Admissions Committee maintains a Wait List for a number of reasons including our reliance on a “rolling admissions” process, year-to-year variation in the percentage of admitted candidates who accept our offer of admission, and cancellations by those candidates who initially inform us of their intention to enroll at the MSU Law. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that should help address the concerns of most waitlisted candidates. If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

I was placed on the Wait List, now what?

MSU Law will periodically place applicants on the Wait List. With substantially more applications than spots available in each entering class, the Wait List allows students to be allocated spots in the incoming class as they become available. Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for review of the Wait List, nor a guarantee that students will receive a spot in the incoming class after being placed on the Wait List. Based on recent experience, the Admissions Committee has extended as few as 20 offers and as many as 100 offers of admission to candidates on the Wait List. Traditionally, Wait List decisions have been made as early as May and as late as August. If there is any change on your Wait List status, we will contact you as soon as possible to allow you to prepare for the fall semester.

Is the Wait List ranked?

No, the Wait List is not ranked. If the Admissions Committee utilizes the Wait List, all confirmed Wait List candidates will be holistically reviewed again.

Is there any other action I should take at this time? 

To accept your spot on the Wait List, please email Mrs. Theresa Allen, Application Coordinator, on or before the confirmation date listed in your wait list offer email. If we do not receive a wait list acceptance response from you by this date, we will assume that you are not interested in further consideration for admission.

Should I visit while I am on the Wait List?

If an offer of admission is extended, accepting your offer by paying your seat deposit will be a relatively quick turn-around, typically within 24 to 48 hours. Therefore, we encourage you to set up a tour of MSU Law, if you feel that visiting us will be a part of your decision making process.

Does MSU Law require interviews as part of the admissions process?

No, MSU Law does not require, nor utilize, interviews as part of the Wait List process.

What types of updates should I submit if I am waitlisted?  

Students who are on the Wait List should submit any updated undergraduate and graduate transcripts, or additional letters of recommendation (if you have not already submitted the maximum of four) to LSAC so that an updated CAS Report can be sent to MSU Law. Letters of Continued Interest are encouraged and welcomed. However, please limit your Letters of Continued Interest to one letter every four to five weeks. Letters of Continued Interest and supplemental materials that relate to your academic potential, your motivation for law as a career, and/or your interest in MSU Law should be directed, via email, to Mrs. Allen.

How will I be notified if I am selected from the Wait List?

Traditionally, Wait List decisions have been made as early as May and as late as August. The Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review of candidates on the Wait List to determine possible candidates for admission to contact, typically by phone, during this period. Therefore, please make sure to have your voicemail set up and to continuously check it throughout the spring and summer. If contacted, we will initially be verifying the status of your continued interest in a possible offer of admission. The Admissions Committee will then decide how many, if any, offers of admission will be extended based on the response to the initial outreach.

What do I do if I no longer wish to be considered for admission from the Wait List due to making other plans for my legal education?

If your plans change and you no longer wish to remain active on the Wait List, please let us know by contacting us at admiss@law.msu.edu.