Applying to Law School

The application process must start early in your undergraduate years or two years before starting if you are applying long after college graduation. Here is an approximate timeline:

  1. The first important step is to get good grades on all undergraduate classes. A high GPA increases your chances of acceptance.
  2. In the summer and fall of your junior year, begin researching law schools.
  3. Schedule the LSAT test either in February or June of your junior year.
  4. Prepare for the LSAT. You might want to consider a prep course or tutor. Take a practice test to see what areas you need to spend extra time.
  5. Think about people who can ask to write recommendation letters. Faculty members who know you well or employers, especially if it is an important job, make the best choices.
  6. Your pre-law school advisor is a good contact for any questions and information.
  7. Attend a pre-law forum. These give you a chance to interact with representatives from law schools.
  8. Take the LSAT. If your score is not high enough, think about retaking it. Have your scores sent to your top school choices.
  9. By the summer before your senior year, you should have narrowed your list of law schools. Begin campus visits.
  10. Request application packets.
  11. Start writing your personal statements. These statements are required by most law schools and need to be as perfect as you can make them.
  12. Ask for two to four letters of recommendation.
  13. At the beginning of your senior year, retake the LSAT if needed.
  14. By November, finish your application packets and send them off. Be sure to include your personal statement, letters of recommendation, and anything else that is requested.
  15. Confirm that your schools of choice have received your application packet.
  16. Request financial aid materials and fill them out.
  17. In January, send an updated transcript to your top choices.
  18. Throughout the spring semester, you will begin to receive acceptances or rejections. Keep a list and adjust your plans as needed.
  19. Visit the schools to help in your decision.
  20. Contact former students to get their feedback on the schools.
  21. Graduate and send an updated transcript to the law schools.
  22. Evaluate the financial aid proposals from each school. This will help you make the final determination.
  23. Choose the school you plan to attend. Congratulations! You are on your way to a law career.

 

Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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