September – December

  • (Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors) Meet with a Pre-law advisor, declare your interest, determine if law school is right for you, and start to think about what type of law would interest you.
  • Join a Pre-law society, Phi Alpha Delta, Facebook pre-law groups (New England Pre-law Consortium), Poly Sci/Philosophy/Government/Public Policy, Model UN, etc. and try out for Mock Trial or Debate Team.

February – June or June – October

  • Prepare for the LSAT.
    • Take a free practice test to get a baseline. Decide on a target score, determine your prep strategy.
    • Do not undertake this lightly, it is an extremely challenging test to score well on and requires 100-150 hours of prep in addition to starting early.
  • Research law schools and application deadlines. Find the right law school for you by using LSAC’s searchable online database.
  • Register for the LSAT and sign up for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
    • You need not register for the CAS at the same time you register for the LSAT; however, you should register long before your first law school application deadline.
    • Most law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. Taking the test in June or September/October allows for earlier submittal.
    • Test date or location changes can be made through your LSAC.org account.
    • Obtain your LSAT Admission Ticket.
  • Ask registrars to send your official transcripts to LSAC. Request forms available at your LSAC.org account.
    • Allow two weeks from the time of receipt to process your US or Canadian transcripts.
    • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools located outside the United States, its territories, or Canada require additional processing time.
  • Contact your recommenders and evaluators to request your letters/evaluations.
    • Letter of Recommendation forms and information about the Evaluation Service can be found on your LSAC.org account. Requirements will vary by school.
    • Allow two weeks from the time of receipt to process your letters of recommendation.

June or October

  • Take the LSAT.
  • Obtain your LSAT score by e-mail and view your answer sheet, score conversion table, and test book (for disclosed tests only) in your LSAC.org account.
    • E-mail score reporting is free for LSAC online account holders.
  • View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized.

June – November

  • Work on your application. Personal statements will be the most challenging and time consuming. Resumes will require many edits by more than one person.

August – September

  • Request catalogues, applications, and financial aid information from target schools.

July – November

  • Approach recommenders and secure letters of recommendation. Have them submitted through CAS.

September – December

  • Apply to law schools electronically right from your LSAC.org account (to US member law schools only). Schools will then request your CAS law school report from LSAC.
  • Order LSAC Law School Reports online.
    • Use your LSAC.org account to verify that your reports were sent to the law schools to which you applied. Check your file status through your LSAC.org account.
  • Visit Law School campuses, attend information events and seminars

January – April

  • File FAFSA and other financial aid applications, with or without offers from schools.

April – June

  • Pay your seat deposit on time for your accepted school.

June – August

  • Consider a 1L prep course to be prepared as possible.

LSAT Test Dates (2012)

  • Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:30 AM
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:30 AM
  • Monday, December 3, 2012 8:30 AM