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Timeline

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

Junior Year

LSAT, LSAT, LSAT

  • 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. Do not sit for an actual LSAT administration as practice!
  • Determine when you plan to sit for an LSAT exam 
  1. The LSAT is offered 6-8 times throughout the year - visit lsac.org for test date and registration information
  2. Students should plan on studying for 3-6 months prior to taking the LSAT
  3. Keep in mind your class schedule, employment, and other commitments that will coincide with LSAT study
  • 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.

Summer 

  • Write a rough draft of your personal statement.
  • Take the LSAT or continue preparing for an upcoming LSAT administration
  • Contact 2-4 professors and professionals about writing you letters of recommendation.
  • Visit a law school

Senior Year

  • 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 or re-take the LSAT
    • Students can take the LSAT as many times as they like
    • LSAC will report each and every LSAT score to you schools
  • 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. Students should consider a variety of factors when building their final list of schools
  1. In general, where you attend law school is correlated to where you will practice. Choose law schools in cities, states, and regions where you are interested in working after graduation
  2. Review a schools' 
  3. Students can apply to as few or as many schools as they like. Most students apply to between 4-8 schools each year
  • Law school applications open each August/September. Most law schools admit students on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better. Please check each school individually to check when applications are due, including early admission deadlines. 
  • Once Fall semester grades come in update your transcripts with LSAC.