First Deposit Deadline Dates

April 14, 2009
Joy Leff

First, allow me to congratulate you on your law school acceptance(s). The good news is that you are definitely attending law school come Fall 2009; the question now is, where? With first deposit deadlines quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions. Below are the steps you should take before choosing where to put down a deposit:

  1. If you have been accepted to School A and are still waiting to hear from School B (and you prefer to attend School B), you should know that you can call School B’s Admissions Office, request to speak to an Admissions Officer, and ask the following question: I’ve been accepted to another law school and am required to put down a first deposit on {whatever} date. I prefer to attend {name of School B) but haven’t yet received a decision. Do you have an idea as to when I might receive one?
  2. If you have received your financial aid package from School A and not from School B, call School B’s Financial Aid Office and ask: I’ve been accepted to another law school and have already received my financial aid package from that school. However, I haven’t yet received my financial aid package from School B. Do you have an idea as to when I will? Is there any other information you need from me to complete my financial aid file?
  3. If you’ve received a scholarship from School A, prefer to attend School B and have not yet been awarded a scholarship from School B, call School B’s Admissions Office, request to speak with an Admissions Officer and ask: I’ve received a scholarship from School A but School B is my first choice. Can you tell me whether I am being considered for a scholarship?

In all three cases, the #1 rule is to be polite. It is perfectly acceptable to call the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices to ask any questions you may have, but take care to avoid coming across as entitled. While you may not always hear the answers you wish, you can feel good that you took the steps possible to help land your desired outcome.


Joy Leff



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