By Cynthia Lam • March 06, 2015•Writers in Residence, Law School, Pre-Law
And so, it begins: the much-anticipated wait for law school decisions. All my applications are submitted, my interviews are completed, and my LSAT prep books are neatly squared away in the corner, peacefully collecting dust. Now, all I have to do is sit back, relax, and wait.
If only it were that easy. With rolling admissions guiding this process, candidates can hear back as quickly as within a few days and as long as several months. While deadlines vary by institution, many regular decision dates fall sometime between February and March. This way, most applicants will have gotten their final verdict (pun fully intended) by April. Decisions come by way of email, mail, and in some cases, phone calls.
To me, this is a huge step up from college admissions, where each school releases its regular decisions in a single wave on a set date. With law school admissions, it is possible to find out where you stand long before that ultimate deadline. This can be especially reassuring if you applied to multiple places; each day holds the potential to get good news from any one of them.
Knowing this, of course, does not make the wait any shorter. I cannot help checking my email every few hours, actively refreshing the page when I am bored, holding my breath for any sign of news. My heart skips a beat whenever an unknown number appears on my caller ID (usually, it is just a telemarketer or spam message), wondering if this could be the special day. And seeing the mailman drop off a large envelope always sends me scurrying down the stairs to pick up the package.
What these weeks (and in some cases, months) of patiently waiting have made me realize is that regardless of what I do, the decisions are going to come to me at some point.
I just have to, well, wait.
Instead of fretting over every little potential sign of progress, I should relax and reflect on everything I have accomplished so far. I have come a long way since the days of LSATs, personal statements, and applications – and that is surely something to be proud of. The decisions will roll in eventually, and before I know it, I will be embarking on the next chapter of this exciting journey, deciding where to go, making my deposit, and planning my first classes. Until then, I should make the most out of my final days in college. Guess it is time to start being a second-semester senior...
For now, I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride, always remembering to stop and smell the roses along the way. I will get there soon enough.