The application process for law school typically begins in the spring, approximately eighteen months prior to when the applicant expects to begin law school. For summer or mid-year admission, adjust the schedule accordingly.

  • March-June: Prepare for LSAT
  • April-May: Apply for LSAT (registration deadlines are usually one month prior to test date)
  • June: Take LSAT
  • July: Receive LSAT Score (narrow your choice of schools based on your LSAT score, GPA, and personal preference)
  • Aug-Sept: Subscribe to LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service)
  • Aug-Sept: Send all official transcript(s) to LSDAS (you must use the transcript request form available online in your LSAC account)
  • Aug-Sept: Request law school catalogs, applications, and financial aid information or review online at each school’s website
  • September: Check LSDAS report for accuracy
  • September: Talk to potential recommenders and secure letters of recommendation
  • September: Write your personal statement
  • September: Formally request letters of recommendation to be sent to LSDAS
  • Oct/Nov: Fill out applications
  • Oct/Nov: Submit applications online (try to have everything in by Thanksgiving)
  • Oct-Nov: Submit all dean’s certification forms to your pre-law advisor
  • Nov-Dec: Check to be sure application file is complete, including all letters of recommendation
  • January: File FAFSA and all financial aid applications
  • Dec-May: Visit law schools to aid in decision process
  • Apr-June: Be sure to pay your seat deposit on time