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.
___ Practice for the LSAT
___ Start researching law schools
___ Check-out law schools' Web sites
___ Attend Information Sessions.
Winter Break and Spring Break
___ Visit law schools
___ Take LSAT practice tests
___ 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
___ 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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