Getting Off the Wait List
Beginning in March, I get dozens of emails asking, "What can I do to get called from the wait list at X?" Well, that's perfectly reasonable question, so I decided to ask it at the Fall 2000 Law Forums. Of the 142 schools I interviewed, all except Florida agreed that a higher LSAT score, a great job or award, and a final transcript could make a difference. Florida "closes" the wait list the day they rank it; later submissions can be used to reconsider you for a later admit date (e.g. January), but not for the group for which you were wait listed.
Beyond those quantifiable things, do phone calls, letters, additional recs, etc., make any difference? A dozen recruiters didn't know the answer. Of the ones who did, 29 said the wait list is strictly ranked or used to fill diversity needs, and expressions of interest don't help. Who are they?
What about the rest? Some want phone calls; some want letters; some want recs. Who wants which? Sorry, trade secret.