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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and file well before the deadline.
- Evaluate offers of acceptance and financial aid. Let the pre-law advisor your decision.