Recommended Timeline

First and Sophomore Years

  • Sign-up to receive Legal news from Career and Professional Development to keep abreast of law related programs, news, and deadlines
  • Attend law related events, programs and information sessions
  • Consider taking a law related class
  • Secure a law related summer internship or shadow a lawyer during a school break
Recommended if you plan to attend law school directly after graduating.

Junior Year


  • Meet with your pre-law advisor
  • Start researching law schools and drafting a list of schools you want to visit
  • Attend law related programs to learn more about the legal industry
  • Decide when to take the LSAT (recommend February or June of Junior Year) - While LSAT scores are valid for five years, some schools prefer scores that are only three years old. Plan your timing carefully.


  • Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
    • Your LSAC account allows you to:
      • Purchase LSAT prep materials
      • Register for the LSAT - at least 30 days prior to test date
      • Receive your LSAT score early by email
      • Register for free Law School Forums - your attendance is strongly encouraged 
      • Research information on all ABA law schools
      • Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) which collects all your application materials for easy online submission
        • By providing W&L's representative (the Pre-Law Advising Coordinator) access to your information, your candidate data is confidentially maintained in the aggregate and helps W&L advise future students
      • Login to check your application status with most schools
  • If taking the LSAT in June, a popular test date, register EARLY to ensure you get a seat
  • Take practice tests to determine which sections require focused attention
  • Register for an LSAT-Prep course or create a firm study schedule if studying on your own
  • Take at least 5 practice exams under simulated exam conditions in the 4 weeks prior to the actual exam


  • Take the June LSAT
  • Secure your Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
    • Contact 2 or 3 professors to inquire about writing a recommendation letter
    • Provide your transcript and resume
    • Review the Application Process for additional information
  • Attend a Law School Forum - LSAC hosts one in Washington, DC in July of each year
  • Begin narrowing your list of schools based upon your LSAT score and GPA - use LSAC's tool to help you determine which schools are in your wheelhouse, but remember that admissions decisions are not subject to a numerical calculation alone. Meet with your advisor to help refine your search.
  • Carefully consider whether to retake the LSAT - Review LSAT Repeater Data in LSAC
  • If retaking the LSAT, register for the October LSAT
  • Draft your personal statement and/or diversity statement
  • Update your resume
  • If you have not already done so, complete LSAC's Registrar Transcript Request Form and CAS Transcript Request Form

Senior Year


  • Take the October LSAT
  • Ensure all components of your applications are completed:
    • Finalize personal statement
    • Make sure recommendation letters have been submitted to LSAC
    • Complete and submit online applications through LSAC (Thanksgiving at the latest)
  • Complete financial aid forms - do NOT wait until you are accepted
  • Schedule law school visits and interviews


  • Visit law schools
  • Negotiate aid packages (if applicable)
  • Decide which law school is best for you considering all factors