MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend

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All of us here in the admissions office hope you had a reflective, meaningful, and restful Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

Three exciting things happened here this weekend:

  • On Friday, NUSL hosted Pulitzer Prize winning-author Isabel Wilkerson, author of the New York Times-bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns, in honor of MLK, Jr. Day.
  • It snowed! Our inch of the fluffy white stuff is mostly melting today, sadly (if you’re like me and love it).
  • January 15th came and went – meaning that we’ve released a decision to all early action candidates.

All applicants receive an email notification when their decision is ready to be viewed on the Application Status Checker. Applicants may then view their decision information on the status checker website. At this point, all early action candidates have been notified of their decision.

For early action we released three types of decisions — admit, hold, and deny.


Admit — Congratulations! We are happy to welcome you to NUSL. You should receive a packet of information from us in the mail within a week of being notified of your decision, plus there are lots of great online resources (such as for you to learn more about us. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Diversity Reception (March 30) and our Open House (March 31).

Hold— The Admission Committee chose to hold some candidates when we felt we needed additional time to review their applications within the regular decision pool (this is analogous to being “deferred”). I caution early action applicants who receive a “hold” decision from assuming they are more likely to receive any particular admissions decision later in the spring; we are careful to reevaluate each applicant during our final committee decision-making. Early applicants who are held will be evaluated in the regular decision pool and will receive a final decision by mid-April, though sometimes candidates are notified before this date.

I will be posting another blog post with additional information for early action applicants who received a “hold” decision; stay tuned.

Deny — Unfortunately, the Admission Committee did choose to deny some applicants who we felt were not competitive in either the early or regular decision pools. We wish these applicants the best of luck in their law school search.


Questions about your decision? Of course you can always contact us at (617) 373-2395 or


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