This checklist assumes that the application process begins for you in the spring, approximately 18 months before you expect to enter law school. For summer or mid-year admission, adjust the schedule accordingly.
- _____ February–June Prepare for LSAT (assuming that you take the June or October LSAT). Use the released LSATs in the Library, attend the on-campus LSAT preparation seminar, and obtain the Official LSAT Superprep from www.lsac.org. You should devote at least 4 hours per week to test preparation.
- _____ April–May Register for the LSAT and LSDAS at www.lsac.org (registration deadline: one month before test).
- Receive LSAT Admission Ticket.
- Receive LSDAS Subscription Confirmation.
- Receive LSAC Activity—Update each month that activity occurs on your file (you can also check online).
- _____ June Take the LSAT.
- _____ July Receive LSAT score and begin writing your personal statement.
- _____ Aug/Sept Research law schools and compose a schedule of application deadlines.
- _____ Aug/Sept Send official transcripts to LSDAS from each school you attended. Allow 2 weeks for LSAC to process your transcripts. You will receive a Master Law School Report when all of your transcripts are summarized.
- _____ Aug/Sept Request Letters of Recommendation from each writer.
- _____ Sept/Oct Finalize your personal statement.
- _____ Sept–Nov Meet with admissions representatives on campus and at the Law School Forum in Chicago in October.
- _____ Oct/Nov Apply to law schools. Schools will then request LSDAS reports from LSAC. Be sure to check your Activity Update reports or check your status online.
- _____ January File FAFSA forms and financial aid applications.
- _____ January–May Visit law schools to aid in your decision process.
- _____ April–June Be sure to pay your seat deposit on time.