Overview

The essential elements:
LSAT
Transcripts
Deciding where to apply
Applications and attachments
Letters of Recommendation
Financial Aid

The law school application process should ideally begin about a year and a half before you intend to start law school.  At that time, you’d want to think about when to take the LSAT and how to prepare, who you’ll ask for letters of recommendation, and where you might want to apply.  This forethought will help ensure you’re well positioned to submit your applications by around Thanksgiving.

Other elements of your application include your transcript(s), personal statement, additional essay(s) and addenda, resume and the application forms themselves (all completed online through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service).  Finally, in January, you’ll begin submitting financial aid applications.

The Application Timeline can give you a more detailed sense of when each of these elements should be completed. The Application Checklist is a handy, topically organized, reference guide to the process.

Application Check List

The Check List for Fall 2017 Admission is organized topically. Click here to get the same list organized chronologically. This Check List assumes you have already made the firm decision to apply to law school after a thorough investigation of the law, legal careers and the financial implications/consequences.  The...read more »

Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2017 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving 2016. 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,...read more »