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 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 and file well before the deadline.


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