Wondering when to take the LSAT? Or when to ask for recommendations? Don’t worry…we’re here to help you make sure that you’re on time and on track. The law school application process can be time-consuming, but by following the timeline below, you can keep the process from consuming you. And you’ll even get to enjoy your holiday breaks without the stress of applications. Organization and strong time management skills are key to success!
Note: This timeline assumes that you are planning to apply during senior year to begin law school immediately after college. If you are planning to take time for other experiences between college and law school, this timeline is easily adjustable. Simply refer to the calendar months. You should be completing the application process in the fall semester timeframe of the year prior to starting law school.
- Maintain your GPA!!! This may be the last full semester of grades that the law school will see before you apply.
- Prepare heavily for the LSAT and register for the exam early if taking in June.
- Begin thinking of possible recommenders and advise them of your plans for law school. Ensure that they will be at Emory in the fall semester. If not, request and secure letters now.
- Begin establishing your personal criteria and researching law schools.
- Continue heavy preparation for the June LSAT. If taking the October LSAT, begin studying for the exam and register early to ensure a seat.
- Receive and evaluate your June LSAT score in early July. Make the decision to hold the score or retake the test.
- Begin work on your personal statement and resume and submit for critique as needed. Plan to have these completed by summer’s end.
- Continue researching law schools in light of personal preferences and competitiveness. Refine and finalize your list of schools by summer’s end if you took the June exam. Applications become available in mid- to late August.
- Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and be sure to sign up for the Candidate Referral Service (CRS).
- Finalize your list of recommenders and compile information packets for them.
- Continue studying for the October LSAT, if taking.
- Meet with your recommenders to formally request letters of recommendation by September 15.
- Request transcripts from all undergraduate colleges to be sent to the Law School Admission Council for placement in your CAS file.
- Read applications carefully to determine whether you will have to write additional essays. If so, begin work on these immediately and have them critiqued as needed.
- Take the October LSAT (for those who did not take the June exam or those who are retaking).
- Begin investigating financial aid requirements at the schools to which you are applying. Find out about any paperwork that you will need to submit.
- Check your CAS account to ensure letters of recommendation have been submitted. If not, follow up with recommenders as needed to ensure timely receipt of letters. Send a “Thank You” note to your recommenders.
- Receive and evaluate October LSAT scores. Adjust your list of schools if necessary.
- Finalize all application forms, resumes, and essays for admission. Try to submit applications by mid- to late November. Be sure to mail any supplementary forms to the law school that could not be transmitted online. Also make a copy of your entire application package for recordkeeping purposes.
- December - Call all schools to ensure that your application was received and that your file is complete. Follow up with the appropriate persons regarding any parts of your application that have not been received.
- ENJOY YOUR WINTER BREAK!!!!
- Complete all financial aid forms and submit to schools.
- Await admissions decisions and financial aid offers.
- Meet with the Pre-Law Advisor as needed for assistance on deciding between multiple offers.
- Submit any Dean's Certifications for admitted schools to The Career Center to be processed.