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Each year, candidates are placed on our waitlist, which means the Admission Committee is not able to offer admission at this time. The evaluation process can take several months. As the waitlist program is different at each law school, we have answered a few important questions about the process at Loyola University Chicago.

How is the waitlist ranked?

The waitlist is not ranked. If we are able to make additional admission offers, the Admission Committee will notify waitlist candidates at that time.

How many applicants are on the waitlist?

We neither track the number of people nor cap the waitlist, since some individuals may choose not to remain on the list and new decisions are made on a daily basis.

How do I better my chances for admission from the waitlist?

If there is new information you can submit that may help the Admission Committee when considering waitlist applications (should additional offers be made), you are welcome to do so. Some examples include an updated transcript (which should be submitted through CAS), an updated resume or a one-page statement of continued interest. Please send addenda and essays to the JD Admission Office at law-admissions@luc.edu, with your full name and LSAC account number.

How many applicants are admitted from the waitlist each year?

The number of people offered admission varies from year to year. In the past 10 years, the number of people admitted from the waitlist has varied from zero to 100 in a given year.

Should I apply for financial aid and scholarships while on the waitlist?

Yes, we encourage you to complete the financial aid process for Loyola. The FAFSA (fafsa.gov) is required for federal loan eligibility and Loyola’s school code is 001710. If you are selected from the waitlist, having a FAFSA submitted will accelerate Loyola processing your financial aid award to assist you in your decision-making process.

I have a seat deposit due at another school, what should I do?

Seat deposits are unique to each school and you may have to pay a deposit and relinquish it at a later date, if you are selected from Loyola’s waitlist. If you deposit at another school, it will not impact your waitlist status at Loyola.

If I request to switch my application to the Weekend JD program, will this help my chance of being admitted?

Your program choice will not increase your chance of admission. You should always apply for the program that best suits your needs. At Loyola University Chicago, the standards for admission are the same for both the Full-time and Weekend JD programs, as all students are a part of one law school. If your circumstances change, after you have received a waitlist email, and it would be in your best interest to attend part-time over full-time, you will be required to submit a form to request the change.

How long will a decision take and how will I be notified?

It is not possible to predict. If a decision is made to add to the class throughout the spring and summer months, we will email candidates to offer admission. There will be a very short response time given and a seat deposit will be required. Loyola maintains an active waitlist up to the first day of classes. Waitlist candidates may choose to withdraw from the waitlist at any time by sending an email to law-admissions@luc.edu.

May I meet with a member of the JD Admission team to discuss my application?

The health, wellbeing, and safety of our students, community, and visitors are the highest priorities of Loyola University Chicago. In consultation with experts and public health officials, all law school activities have been adapted to virtual experiences. 

You can take a look around the Corboy Law Center during our virtual photo tour. These interactive tours are led by a current student who can provide insight on life at Loyola.

The JD Admission team is available to answer your quick questions every Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CT during our drop-in zoom office hours. No advanced registration required. Please note that we do not offer evaluative interviews.