Assume, for timeline purposes, that you want to start law school in the Fall of 2020.
Yes, we’re in the future. And yes, it’s awesome.
2 Years Before You Enter Law School:
Spring of 2018
– Sign up to view official LSAC resources at www.lsac.org
– Sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at http://www.lsac.org/jd/apply/cas.asp
– Talk to friends or family who either are or know lawyers. Ask to shadow as many as you can to make sure you truly want to be a lawyer
Summer of 2018
– Sign up for an LSAT course and practice as much as you can. The LSAT is an invaluable piece of each applicant’s law school portfolio
– Register for the June 2019 LSAT
Fall of 2018
– Speak with your Pre-Law advisor if you’re still in undergrad
– Tell him/her of your plans and ask for suggestions, tips, advice, etc.
– Really start thinking about which people you’d ideally want to write your Letters of Recommendation
– Once you feel comfortable asking someone for a Recommendation, don’t wait. Ask as soon as possible to give them the maximum amount of time to refine their work
– Make a list of law schools you would consider attending. Categorize them into Reach, Target, and Safety Schools
June of 2019
– Take your first LSAT
– If you did as well as you expected, congratulations!
– If, however, you think you would be better of re-taking it, sign up for the September 2019 LSAT
July-September of 2019
– Draft, revise, and perfect your Personal Statement
– You want to have your personal statement completely finished by the time applications are released in October
– Construct an updated resume
– This will be sent with your application to every school you apply to
1 Year Before You Enter Law School:
Fall of 2019
– Begin Filling Out and Submitting Applications
– Most are available beginning in October or November
– Because most schools have rolling admissions, the earlier you complete and submit your application, the greater your chances of being accepted
– Ask your undergraduate Registrars Office to send transcripts to CAS
December of 2019
– File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at your financial aid office or at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
– The earlier you file your FAFSA, the greater your chances of being accepted for financial aid
January of 2020
– If you are still in school, have an updated transcript with your Fall Semester’s grades sent to CAS or individual law schools if asked
Winter-Spring of 2020
– Assess your offers
– Negotiate scholarships
– Visit the law schools you’ve been accepted to
– Finally, make your ultimate decision!
– Celebrate. You deserve it.