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Preparation Timeline

Law School Application Timeline Document

First Year

  • Focus on your grades!!!!
  • Explore major/minor options; select Interesting and challenging classes.
  • Meet with the Pre-law Advisor. (LINK)
  • Consider joining Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law fraternity, where you can gain valuable information about law school and the law profession and where you can meet others with a common interest in going to law school .

Sophomore Year

  • Focus on your grades; move closer to selection of your personal academic plan.
  • Research law schools and the legal field; broaden your knowledge base and learn about the admissions process.
  • Meet with the Pre-law Advisor and your Academic Advisor to discuss plans.

Junior Year (Fall)

  • Remember this is your 5th semester; typically 6 semesters of grades will be reported when applying to law schools.
  • Continue to focus on your grades.
  • Explore the Law School Admissions Council website: www.lsac.org
  • Sign up to take the LSAT (earlier sign-up provides more options for choice of testing sites).
  • Update your resume; begin work on your Personal Statement (LINK). The Pre-law Advisor will look over your document to make suggestions for the best presentation.

Junior Year (Spring)

  • This is your 6th semester, so your previous academic record is what the law schools will see. 
  • Consider those individuals who might provide recommendations. Set up a meeting to talk with them about your plans. Provide recommenders with a copy of your resume. 
  • If you haven’t taken a course in logic, this is the best semester to do so. It prepares you well for the logic section of the LSAT that focuses on logical thinking. 
  • Study intensely for the LSAT. When you have the option, take practice tests. It is strongly advised that you consider a Test Preparation course. There are many good options. (LINK)

May (after your junior year)

  • Order transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended. You will be sending them to the LSDAS, Credential Assembly Service. (See note under August).
  • You should be studying 3 – 4 hours a day in preparation for taking the June LSAT. Be prepared!




  • Now you know your score. If the results are not what you anticipated, consider whether or not you want to take the October LSAT. 
  • Plug in your UG GPA and LSAT score  in the LSAC search tool to help determine schools most likely to accept your credentials.
  • Begin or continue work on your Personal Statement

August (If you do take the October LSAT)

  • Study!!! This is your last opportunity to be in the early candidate pool for law school admission.
  • Register early to get your preferred testing site
  • Complete your list of targeted schools
  • Register for CAS (Credential Assembly Service)

Be prepared . Consider a Test Preparation course. (LINK)  There are many options available. Each semester companies offer practice tests both on campus and in their offices. They simulate a real testing experience, so you can become accustomed to the test questions, environment, and the structure. Tests will be scored, so you will learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie and where you need to place the emphasis for further study.

Get to know your professors . This is always a good practice. It lets the professor know you are really interested in doing well in the class. Professors are also wonderful mentors in their field of study; and in the future, you might want one or more to write a letter of recommendation for law school.