For the next few weeks, I will be sharing my top tips for various components of the law school application process. As part of my upcoming law school series, I wanted to share with you my top tips for what to do when waiting to hear back from schools. The waiting game seriously sucks. No one likes waiting around, frantically checking your inbox every five minutes, waiting and hoping some small blue dot will appear next to a new email indicating one your schools may have news or not. Waiting sucks, this we know, so we have to figure out how to make waiting more bearable!
A few months back, in November, I went to a information panel with the deans of admission for Stanford, Duke, and NYU. I was nervous because I had just gotten my LSAT score (and was super unhappy), but I knew I wanted to hear what they had to say. One thing they said during their talk was that something they really don’t like in an applicant is passivity. The deans like when applicants are actively engaged in the process, and stay interested in the schools. Haven’t heard from Duke three months after submitting? Do you have anything you feel would make your application stronger? Did you publish an article? Do you have an updated transcript? You may think that once you hit the submit button on the application you’re job is done, but this is not the case!
When you’re waiting around, use the time to make your application even stronger. Send the school last semester’s grades. Send them an update about your published article. Come up with something to stay engaged! Now, this doesn’t mean call their office everyday to ask how your app is doing, and certainly do not send frivolous updates like you, I don’t know, got homecoming queen for Greek life or something (Elle Woods told them WHILE she was initially applying *wink wink*). Make sure you’re giving them pertinent information that is relevant and could potentially make you an even stronger applicant!
Try NOT to be passive. Check your statuses regularly if the schools offer an online student portal checker. If an application is incomplete, do what you can to make it complete in a timely manner. In short, make sure that you don’t hit the submit button and then do nothing until April, especially if you are still waiting to hear back from one of your top choices!
Please ask questions, or let me know how you stay active!