FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEARS
Start taking courses that will enhance your writing skills, your reading comprehension, and your analytical skills. Also, develop your logical reasoning ability and increase your awareness of human institutions, social values, and the world at large. Test your aptitudes and interests. Don't overload; balance your schedule.
Try to obtain law-related experience. Develop a realistic view of legal careers.
Investigate various options in the legal profession.
Talk with Pre-Professional counselors regarding course planning and puposes of a liberal arts education.
Register early with the Credentials Service of CP&P.
Start collecting letters of recommendation.
Register and take the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) at the end of your junior year.
Note: The LSAT is offered in the spring, early fall, late fall, and mid-winter.
Register and submit the LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) forms. All U.S. law schools require the LSDAS.
Write to law schools for applications and admission information during the summer following your junior year. You must contact each law school directly.
Upon receipt of your LSAT score, review your selection of law schools.
Check to be sure that your credentials file (containing letters of recommendation) is complete.
Plan for alternatives.
Take the LSAT in the fall if you did not take it in the previous spring. Take the early fall LSAT, if possible.
Complete and submit all law school applications in the fall.
Expect to hear admission decisions any time from late fall through the spring. Patience and tolerance for ambiquity helps at this stage.
If rejected, don't panic. Decide on a course of action. Talk to law school admission officers and pre-professional counselors.
If accepted, celebrate! Investigate financial aid, housing, etc., if you have not already done so. Don't forget to finish your last term in college, even though you have been accepted to law school.