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Pre-Law Checklist

First and Second Years

Throughout the Year

___ Seek internships, shadowing opportunities, or jobs that expose you to lawyers at work.  Find out as much as possible about the life of lawyers as a basis for deciding whether to become a lawyer.

___ Make it a goal to get to know at least one professor well each semester. They are all potential letter writers!

___ Seek leadership positions in organizations with which you are involved.

___ Plan to find opportunities during the summer that will set you apart from your classmates and help you learn more about law as a career.

Third Year

___ Practice for the LSAT

Fall Semester

___ Start researching law schools

___ Check-out law schools' Web sites

___ Attend Information Sessions.

Winter Break and Spring Break

___ Visit law schools

Spring Semester

___ Take LSAT practice tests

April/ May

___ Register for the LSAT and LSAC


___ Take LSAT

___ Start working on a personal statement

___ Bring personal statement to pre-law advisor, professors or Writing Center for help


___ Receive LSAT score

___ Locate web-based applications on LSAC or law schools' web sites

___ Begin to complete applications if they are available

___ Complete second draft of personal statement and seek feedback

Final Year


___ Complete application materials, the earlier the better, especially for financial aid

___ Meet with the pre-law advisor

___ Ask professors or supervisors to write letters of recommendation

___ Request transcripts from every college you ever attended and send to LSAC


___ Take the LSAT if you did not take it in June. It is better to take it in October than in December!

___ Complete last draft of personal statement

___ Send in application materials as early as possible; this helps with chances of getting into school and also for financial aid

___ Thank professors for writing letters


___ Check to be sure applications are complete


___ File financial aid applications

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