Dear Princeton Law School

Early-1957, Harvey Wax — a young man hoping to one day become a lawyer — sent an application letter to Princeton University‘s Law School and crossed his fingers. A short time later, he received the following rejection letter. It never fails to amuse me.

It’s worth noting that Mr. Wax subsequently applied to Harvard’s Law School, was far more successful, and to this day works as a lawyer.

Transcript follows. Image from Bill Shapiro’s excellent book, Other People’s Rejection Letters.



February 11, 1957

Dear Mr. Wax:

In reply to your recent letter, I regret that we must inform you that Princeton University has no Law School.

Sincerely yours,


Joseph L. Bolster, Jr.

Mr. Harvey Wax
1805 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, Michigan