JD Waitlist FAQs

  • The waitlist is not ranked. If the Admissions Committee decides to utilize the wait list, active waitlisted applicants will be re-evaluated. Applicants admitted from the waitlist will be contacted by email and/or phone. It is imperative that your email address and phone number remain current with the Admissions Office.

  • The Admissions Committee can make a decision on utilizing the waitlist at any time during the spring through the summer as decisions are based on whether current admitted applicants accept or decline their offer of admission. Typically, a decision to utilize the waitlist is decided shortly after our admission deposit deadlines for new admits. Our first admission deposit deadline is April 17 and our second admission deposit deadline is June 20. An email update will be sent to all waitlisted applicants shortly after these deadlines notifying you whether additional admit offers can be made based on deposit responses.

  • The School of Law does not require you to submit any additional documentation (i.e. publications, thesis, additional recommendations, etc.). If you wish to submit additional documentation you may submit it via email to lawadmissions@usfca.edu.

  • Applicants on the waitlist are welcome to submit letters of continued interest. All letter of continued interest may be sent via email to lawadmissions@usfca.edu.

  • We look forward to connecting with you through events, online one-on-one discussions, and tours. We invite you to join a live class, meet our faculty, or chat with a current law student about their experiences by scheduling an appointment. You can also speak with an admissions staff member or learn more by watching one of our prior webinar sessions. Campus tour information is available online.

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  • The School of Law does not utilize an interview process as part of our application review. In order to be fair to all applicants, we cannot accommodated requests for interviews.

  • If offered admission, you must be prepared to immediately submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $350 to hold your seat in the Fall 2023 entering class.

    A second non-refundable re-confirmation tuition deposit of $350 is due no later than 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2023 for all current admits.  If you are offered admission after June 20th, you must immediately submit a combined first and second deposit of $700. The deposits are credited towards your Fall semester tuition.

  • All applicants are required to notify the School of Law of any changes to the information included in their Application for Admission, especially any change in the Character and Fitness section of the application. In particular, all applicants must immediately notify the Director of Admissions if they have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor or other offense with the sole exception of a minor traffic violation if an incident occurs AFTER submitting the application. Incidents occurring AFTER ADMISSION will result in an automatic re-evaluation of the applicant's file. Conviction of DUI (or any alcohol or drug related offense) is not a minor traffic violation.  Conviction may be a legal consequence if 1) a verdict of guilty after trial by judge or jury, 2) a plea of guilty or 3) a plea of nolo contendere. If a conviction occurs after Orientation begins, please submit a detailed written description of any disclosures to the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs. Failure to disclose such action may result in revocation of admission, revocation of any degree awarded, dismissal from USF, denial of admission to the bar and referral to the LSAC Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process.

  • If you plan on being away for a long period of time, you should designate a proxy to act on your behalf if you are offered admission. He/she must be prepared to submit the appropriate deposit immediately if you are offered admission. Please email a notice to the Admissions Office authorizing your proxy to act on your behalf.

  • Orientation will begin on August 14 through August 18, 2023. Attendance is mandatory for all new admits. Failure to attend any portion of Orientation can result in immediate cancellation of your admission. Orientation begins the academic year for all first year students. Classes begin for all law students on August 21, 2023.