Wait List Q&A

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What does wait list status mean?

Being on the wait list means that we are not able to offer the applicant admission at this time, but we continue to be interested in her/his file and will consider it again should we need to make more offers of admission. We do not know when or if this will happen. It might take place after the first deposit deadline of April 15th or after the second deposit deadline of June 1st. It can also happen in the middle of the summer, as late as the first day of class, or not happen at all.

Is the wait list ranked?

We do not rank the wait list. If circumstances warrant additional admission offers, we will review the wait list applicants and make offers at that time.

How long will I have to wait for a decision?

Wait listed applicants can be approached at any point between notification and the first day of class. Individuals on the wait list will have the opportunity to notify us if they want to stay on the wait list or withdraw their application (a response link was included in the notification email on myUM.)

What can I do to improve my chances?

Wait listed 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. We realize that being on the wait list is an uncomfortable position to be in and thus we appreciate your patience.

How many people are on the wait list?

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

Who can I talk to in order to get admitted?

We do not grant interviews to determine admissions decisions. You are welcome to address your questions to the Office of Student Recruitment.

UM is the only school that I applied to? Now what do I do?

We always encourage applicants to apply to more than one school to increase the chances of reaching the goal: going to law school. If you do not get into Miami then your only option is to reapply next year, while also applying to several schools that are within your reach.

If I am not admitted, may I apply as a transfer applicant in the future?

Yes. To be considered for transfer you must complete no more or less than your 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 I am not admitted and reapply, will I still be seriously considered for admission?

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

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