Waitlist FAQ
The Questions
  1. What is the Waitlist & how did I end up on it?
  2. Are applicants on the Waitlist ranked?
  3. Are my chances of admission increased if I check more options on the waitlist response form?
  4. Is there only one Waitlist?
  5. When can I expect to hear whether I am admitted from the Waitlist?
  6. How are Waitlist applications reviewed?
  7. Can I apply for Financial Aid while still on the Waitlist?
  8. Is there anything that I can do to increase my chances of being accepted from the Waitlist? What about a supplemental statement of interest?
  9. Can I defer my admission if I am admitted from the Waitlist?
  10. How many applicants are usually on the Waitlist?
  11. How many applicants were accepted from the Waitlist last year?
  12. What if I have submitted a seat deposit at another law school?
The Answers

1. What is the Waitlist & how did I end up on it?
The Admissions Committee only has a set number of seats to offer each year. Once those seats have been filled, competitive applicants are placed on a waitlist so that should a seat open up and become available, the Committee is able to offer that seat to another worthy applicant.

2. Are applicants on the Waitlist ranked?
No. When seats become available, the Admissions Committee will review waitlisted applicants’ files in their entirety and select candidates for admission based upon a holistic review of the file. Waitlisted applicants are not placed in any ranked order for review.

3. Are my chances of admission increased if I check more options on the waitlist response form?
Yes. When a seat becomes available, only those waitlisted applicants who selected the campus and/or division where the seat is open, will be reviewed for admission. The more selections a waitlisted applicant makes, the more chances they have of being reviewed for admission.

4. Is there only one Waitlist?
Yes. While Widener Law has two campuses, as well as a Regular & Extended Division program, we only maintain one waitlist. Should a seat become available at either campus and/or division, only those applicants who selected that campus and/or division on their response form will be considered.

5. When can I expect to hear whether I am admitted from the Waitlist?
Waitlisted applicants should not expected to hear a response until after May 1. The Waitlist remains active throughout the summer so that if a seat should become available at any point, even a day or two prior to Orientation, we are able to make an offer of admission. Should the seats be filled and the Waitlisted applicants released, those applicants will receive notification via Widener Law’s web site.

6. How are Waitlist applications reviewed?
Waitlisted applicants tend to have similar LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point averages, so the “soft factors”, such as personal statements and letters of recommendation become even more significant. Just like our review policy for all applications, the Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to the review of applications and makes a decision based upon the sum of all factors, not just the LSAT and UGPA.

7. Can I apply for Financial Aid while still on the Waitlist?
While you may file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must wait until you are admitted to the Law School to apply for specific financial aid. However, even applicants who are admitted late from the Waitlist are still able to apply for and receive federal financial aid. There is no deadline for first year students to apply for financial aid.

8. Is there anything that I can do to increase my chances of being accepted from the Waitlist? What about a supplemental statement of interest?
While there is no requirement that an applicant submit additional information once placed on the Waitlist, a supplemental statement of interest or new information that was not previously included such as an updated transcript, academic honor or award, letter of recommendation, etc. may be submitted for review by the Admissions Committee. This information can be useful to the Committee when they review applications for admission from the Waitlist and signifies that you are still very much interested in attending Widener Law.

9. Can I defer my admission if I am admitted from the Waitlist?
No. Applicants admitted from the waitlist are generally unable to defer their admission except under extreme or emergency circumstances. In those situations, the applicant may submit a written deferral request to the Admissions Committee for review.

10. How many applicants are usually on the Waitlist?
The number of applicants placed on the waitlist each year varies according to the size of the applicant pool and the number of available seats. On average, we maintain a list of 250-350 applicants on our waitlist.

11. How many applicants were accepted from the Waitlist last year?
The number of waitlisted applicants accepted each year varies according to the number of available seats.

12. What if I have submitted a seat deposit at another law school?
If you have submitted a seat deposit at another law school and are admitted to Widener Law, we request that you let the other law school know right away if you intend to accept our offer of admission. That way, another worthy law school applicant may be offered your seat.