Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2021 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving-ish 2020. It’s an ideal time line — meaning you started thinking about the process at least a year and a half before you intend to start law school.  As you’ll see, there a number of places where you can “catch up” to the time line, if you didn’t start thinking about things that early.


* April 2020 NOTE: Many of the dates below, especially for the LSAT, law school forums, and visiting law schools, may be impacted by COVID-19. See this post for the most up to date info on COVID-19 impacts*

January – March 2020


March – May 2020


April 24, 2020


June 8, 2020

  • Take the LSAT


May 28, 2020


July 13, 2020


Late July 2020 (exact date TBD)


June – September 2020


August 29, 2020

  • Take the LSAT.


September – October 2020


Late August/Early September 2020 (exact date TBD)


September 12, 2020


October 3, 2020

  • Take the LSAT (if you did not take it over the summer)


October 2020


November 2020

  • Nov. 11: Boston Law School Forum
  • Nov. 14: LSAT (Think of this LSAT only as your backup plan, not the “ideal” timeline.)
  • Finalize applications and transmit


December 2020

  • Check on LSAC that files are complete; follow up if necessary


January – May 2021


Early January 2021


March – April 2021