College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Pre-Law Advising – Time Table

Time Table for Applying to Law School

Fall Junior Year (or two years before you would like to attend law school)

  • Consider registering for a LSAT prep course. They can be helpful, but they are also quite expensive. They are also different so do your research. If the expense is onerous and you are self-disciplined, you may be able to do without a class. Buy an LSAT prep book and begin taking practice tests on a regular basis. Plan several months ahead and create a study schedule for yourself using the LSAT prep book and other materials from the LSAC as your guide. To help you decide what to do take a practice exam and think about whether you have the discipline to study for the exam on your own.
  • If you have not done so already, begin establishing ties with faculty members you may ask to write your letters of recommendation. Go to office hours!

March – Junior Year

  • Register to take the June LSAT and with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) (see http://www.lsac.org/). Have your transcripts from every institution of higher education you have ever attended sent to LSDAS.
  • Begin preparing for the LSAT.

June – between Junior and Senior Year

  • Take the LSAT. Research law schools.

August

  • Register for the September/October LSAT if you did not take it in June or if you want to take it again.
  • Apply for catalogues and application materials
  • Write your personal statement. Ask the pre-law advisor for tips. Have several people read it and comment.

September/October – Senior Year

  • Ask two professors for letters of recommendation and provide them with all necessary documents, including your resume and a carefully revised draft of your personal statement.
  • Take the LSAT (if you did not in June or if retaking).

November

  • Complete your law school applications and send well before the deadlines. Make sure you have copies of all forms and correspondence for your own records.
  • Begin investigating sources of financial aid (federal, institutional, private). Obtain applications and file as early as possible.

December

  • Obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and file well before the deadline.

February/April

  • Evaluate offers of acceptance and financial aid. Let the pre-law advisor your decision.