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Suggested Timeline for Pre-Law Students

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Express your interest to the Pre-Law advisor
  • Join Law Society student organization
  • Take required general education courses to prepare the way for upper-division in your final two years. See recommended freshman year schedule.
  • Focus on courses that will develop basic skills and knowledge needed to prepare for law school, such as writing, critical thinking, history, and politics
  • Select a major and minor based on your interests
  • Meet with professors to build relationships and make you a memorable student
  • Find ways to get involved on campus and in the community (service is a large factor in many law school admission decisions)

Junior Year

  • Take upper division classes in your major with substantial research projects and writing assignments
  • Pursue internships, major service projects, and leadership positions on and off campus
  • Prepare to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by taking practice tests and registering for a test date
  • Begin to look at particular law schools
  • Consider the faculty members who might write good letters of recommendation for you (usually professors for whom you have written major research projects, and who taught classes in which you succeeded)

Summer/Fall of Senior Year

  • Take the LSAT
  • Choose a set of 5-10 law schools and obtain applications
  • Visit law schools
  • Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS)
  • Send application materials (most schools have rolling admission beginning in the fall – confirm deadlines and apply early)

Spring of Senior Year

  • Have a backup plan (plan outside of going to law school)
  • Make decision regarding acceptances