October 16, 2015

Law School Admissions Timeline

Law school admissions timeline. What to do your freshman year of college to prepare for law school. What to do your sophomore year of college to prepare for law school. What to do your junior year of college to prepare for law school. What to do your senior year of college to prepare for law school. What year of college do you apply to law school? Do you take the LSAT before applying to law school? Law school application timeline through college. How to plan for law school as a freshman in college. How to plan for law school as a sophomore in college. How to plan for law school as a junior in college. How to plan for law school as a senior in college | brazenandbrunette.com

I have a friend who just took her LSAT and all we talk about is her applications, and I realized that there's actually a lot that you need to do before applying to law schools and thought I could right some down. 

Freshman year

Consider joining a Pre-Law organization to meet other people interested in law and for opportunities to find out if law school is right for you and what law school is about.

Talk to your advisor about your goals to law school so you can be taking some classes for future law students.


Start looking for opportunities to volunteer and do some community service to build your resumé. 

Continue to look for ways to be involved on campus.
See if your school has a pre-law advisor that can help you prepare for law school.

Start looking for 3-5 possible professors to write you a rec letter.
Related: How to choose a recommender

Look into the different methods of preparing for the LSAT and start saving up to pay for a class.

Attend any roundtables that visiting law schools put on at your school. even if you're not interested in that school you'll still learn a lot.

Register for the required Law School Admissions Council. 

Look for legal volunteer opportunities to give you experience.


Junior year

Meet with your pre-law advisor and make sure you're ready to apply for law school.

Research potential law schools that are in the state that you want to practice in.

Register for the required Credential Assembly Service ($125) and decide when and where to take it.
Related: Why you should take the LSAT in the summer

Research and choose an LSAT prep course.

Reach out to your rec writers and give them a due date at least a month before you actually need them submitted.
Related: How to ask for a rec letter

Look into getting an internship at a law firm, courthouse, anything to give you experience in the legal field.

Visit law schools you're interested in and decide which law schools you want to apply to.

Write a personal statement rough draft.

Register for the Law School Admissions Test ($140), study for it, and take it.
Related: What I wish I knew about the LSAT before taking it


Look for legal jobs to give you more experience and build your resumé for 1L jobs.
Related: How to find a legal internship 

Senior year

Retake the LSAT if you have to
Related: How to decide whether to retake the LSAT

Keep your grades up and finish strong.

Check the deadlines for law school applications.

Make sure all of your rec letters are being sent in.

Visit career services at your school to have your law school resumé 
edited.

Have an English professor or someone from your school's writing center edit your personal statement.

Apply to law schools, choose which one you're going to go to, notify schools of your acceptance or denial of their admissions offer.
Related: What to do if you get waitlisted for a law school 

Start looking for scholarships and research student loan options.
Related: How to find law school scholarships

Send your law school your final transcript.

Get ready for law school!
Related: 7 things to do before law school and 5 ways to spend the summer before law school


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