Pre-Law Academic Timeline for Undergraduates
First and Second Years
• Think about whether law school is right for you.
• Concentrate on getting good grades in your general education requirements.
• Look for a major that interests and challenges you.
• Begin forming relationships with professors for future letters of recommendation.
• Contact and meet with the pre-law advisor.
• Get involved in extra-curricular activities such as the Pre-Law Society.
• Take a practice LSAT exam to see where you stand.
• Create and maintain an up-to-date resume.
• Start looking at what law schools you might be interested in attending.
• Set up an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
• Identify professors who may be able to write you a good letter of recommendation.
• Attend the law school fair at The University of Scranton or a LSAC forum to get information about law schools.
• Think about what you will write for your personal statement.
• Begin preparing for the LSAT in the spring semester (plan your schedule accordingly).
• Take the LSAT in the summer prior to your senior year.
• Sign up for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and submit transcripts (see here for more about CAS).
• Refine the list of law schools in which you are interested once you have your LSAT score.
• If you did not do as well as you liked on the LSAT in the summer, consider retaking the exam in September/October.
• Line up your letters of recommendation well in advance of submitting your application.
• Finish your personal statement and complete your application. For a checklist, see here.
• Have your application and supporting materials ready by mid-term break and apply as early as possible.