Application Process


Standard Application Procedure:

Many people do not apply for law school until after they have been in the job market for a year or two. This will certainly not hurt you in the admission process. For current students, the ideal time to start the application procedure  for law school is the spring of their junior year. From the spring of one's junior year all the way until the January of one's senior year one should do the following:

Junior Year

  • Continue exploring the legal field
  • Attend a Law School Fair
  • Acquire information on how to write a good personal statement
  • Obtain LSAT and CAS Registration and Information Book from LSAC
  • Register for the June LSAT (September LSAT is another option.)
  • Register with CAS
  • Allow 4-6 weeks to prepare for the LSAT
  • Order unofficial transcripts and review for any discrepancies
  • Start Requesting letters of recommendation
  • Start investing law schools by gathering information about them

Senior Year

  • Take the June LSAT 
  • Receive LSAT score
  • Review law school choices in light of LSAT scores
  • Request law school admissions materials
  • Register for September/October LSAT if necessary
  • Continue requesting letters of recommendation and checking on their status
  • Begin writing the personal statement

 Fall of Senior Year

  • Finalize letters of recommendation
  • Order official transcripts
  • Finalize personal statement; get it proofread by other people
  • Take September/October LSAT if necessary
  • Request financial aid information from law schools
  • Complete and send admissions applications before Thanksgiving

 Spring of Senior Year

  • Contact law schools to see if applications are complete
  • Complete and submit financial aid materials
  • Evaluate admissions offers

One variation of the application timeline is to forgo taking the June LSAT and to simply study for the LSAT during the summer and take it in September/October. The advantage of taking the June LSAT is that it gives one the option to retake the LSAT if necessary. However, it should be noted that taking the LSAT twice is not recommended, since many law schools will take both scores into consideration. It is far better to study and take the LSAT only when one is scoring in the range they are aiming for based on their analysis of the schools they wish to apply to.