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Massachusetts Law School Accidentally Accepts Over 4,000 Students

More than 4,000 applicants were mistakenly accepted to Northeastern School of Law for the fall 2023 semester.

In a statement earlier this month, Northeastern Law attributed the mistake to a “technical error,” saying erroneous emails were sent to more than 200 applicants, as well as to nearly 4,000 former applicants, some of whom are already enrolled.

“The school of law deeply regrets this unintended mistake and is taking steps to ensure that it will not happen in the future,” the university said in a statement. “Admissions decisions will not be finalized until later in the academic year.”


Northeastern Law joins a number of other law schools that have had admissions mishaps over the years.

In 2006, the University of California, Berkley School of Law accidentally emailed 7,000 applicants with false offer letters—a mistake that the school blamed on the training of a new employee.

In 2012, Baylor University School of Law accidentally disclosed the personal information of 400 incoming students, including their undergraduate GPA, test scores, and scholarships.

At the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, more than 17,000 prospective applicants received congratulatory acceptance emails in 2017. And at Southwestern Law School, people who hadn’t even applied were invited to an event for admitted students.

Sources: Reuters, WBUR

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