Freshman and Sophomore Years
- Settle on your desired major of study and explore your academic interests.
- Establish a strong GPA. If you find you are having trouble in courses take advantage of tutoring, professors office hours, and study groups to aid in mastering the coursework.
- Get involved outside the classroom. Opportunities in research, service, clubs and organizations and internships are all strong ways to spend your free-time.
- Make it your goal to establish a connection with at least one faculty member per semester. Visit office hours, sit in the front row, and make it a priority to participate and do well in the class.
- Explore why you are interested in law school by visiting court, speaking with 5-10 lawyers, or gaining experience in a law office.
- Go to the law school fair to learn about different law schools.
- Take a practice LSAT exam
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- Become familiar with the LSAT format, including self-testing with sample and previously administered LSAT.
- Learn more about the LSAT.
- Take a FREE practice LSAT exam. ASU sponsors at least four free practice LSAT's each year.
- Determine whether you will sit for the June or October LSAT examination after you complete your Junior year.
- Remember, if you take the June exam you will begin studying while in class, but finish studying outside of class, and take the LSAT over the summer.
- For October test-takers you will begin studying over the summer, but finish strong while in classes and take the LSAT during, or just after, fall midterms.
- Maintain or improve your GPA.
- Gain leadership experience through your extracurricular activities.
- Register as a future JD student through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
- Make a list of 20-25 schools you would be interested in attending and visit those school representatives at the Law School Fair to get more information.
You should plan on studying for at least 3 – 6 months prior to taking the LSAT exam.
- Write a rough draft of your personal statement.
- Take the June LSAT or create a comprehensive study plan for the October LSAT.
- Contact 2-4 professors and professionals about writing you letters of recommendation.
- Visit a law school.
- Pay for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service, required to apply to law schools.
- Have your transcripts sent to LSAC using the Transcript Request Form provided by LSAC. You need to send transcripts from ASU, community college, dual enrollment, and any other universities you may have attended either during college or while in high school.
- Take the October LSAT. The December LSAT is an option should you decide you are not ready to take the LSAT earlier or if you decide to re-take
- Finish your personal statement. You should send your personal statement to 3-4 outside sources to have it reviewed. The Pre-Law Advising Office will review completed personal statements.
- Connect with your Letter of Recommendation writers to ensure they have submitted them to LSAC.
- Create a final list of law schools you are interested in attending. Your list should be based on your LSAT score. Your GPA is only a secondary factor when determining applications. Students should plan on applying to between 5-10 schools:
- Apply to two safety schools. These are schools were you are at or above the 75th percentile for admitted students in both GPA and LSAT score.
- Apply to 2-3 good match schools. These are schools where you fall between the 25th and 75th percentile for admitted students in LSAT score. You should be at or near their GPA averages.
- Choose 1-2 reach schools. Reach schools are schools where your LSAT score falls at or below the 25th percentile for admitted students. Your GPA should be at or near the schools GPA averages.
- Law school applications open each September and law schools begin reviewing applications every November. Your goal should be to submit applications by January 1. Please check each school individually to check when applications are due. All schools admit students on a rolling basis.
- Once Fall semester grades come in update your transcripts with LSAC.