Law School Application Checklist
- Meet with the Pre-Law advisor as early as possible. Your advisor can help you prepare for the application process by giving advice on undergraduate course selection, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation, and school choice.
- Create your secure LSAC.org account: it’s your gateway to the law school admission process and will help you track the status of everything related to your applications. Law schools have a variety of application requirements and deadlines that you must meet to be considered for admission. The My Calendar feature in your LSAC.org account will help you remember important deadlines. Your LSAC account number will be your primary identifier for all LSAC services.
- Register and prepare for the LSAT. Many law schools will require you to take the LSAT by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is advised. Make sure you schedule your LSAT date so that you’ll have plenty of time to obtain your score before your first law school application is due. Preparing for the LSAT is a must to ensure that you’ll do as well as you possibly can on the day of the test.
- Research law schools. Before you begin applying it is important to know your options. A great way to begin exploring law schools is to attend the annual KSU Law Fair in September, where more than 40 law schools will be present to speak with you about everything from financial aid to programs and clinics and more. Another great resource is the Boston College Law School Locator. The website 7Sage also offers a through breakdown of law school rankings, LSAT and GPA's, and a GPA Calculator.
- Attend a Law School Forum to meet more than 100 law school recruiters face-to-face. Forums also feature workshops about the legal profession, the benefits of a law degree, LSAT prep, and more.
- Pay for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) long before your first law school application deadline. CAS is required by all ABA-approved law schools and will help streamline your application process by only requiring you to submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation once to LSAC. LSAC will compile these materials in your law school report.
- Request all required transcripts. Allow LSAC at least two weeks from the time of receipt to process your US or Canadian transcripts. (More time is required to process international transcripts.)
- View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized. Make sure it is complete and accurate.
- Request letters of recommendation. (School requirements vary.) Download forms from your LSAC.org account, and allow LSAC two weeks from the time of receipt to process your recommendations.
- Register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so law schools can recruit YOU.
- Apply online to as many US law schools as you choose through your LSAC.org account.
A great resource to help you research law firms and discover internships is Vault. Vault contains information about law firms all over the country and allows you to search for firms by location, practice area, diversity, and more.