Year-by-year Checklist
The following are recommended actions by year for the pre-law student.
 
Freshman Year
  • Consult with the Law Center director and any other pre-law advisors you may have.
  • Get working on University Program courses, especially challenging courses in potential major and minor fields.
  • Join Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.
  • If you are serious about law school, getting good grades should be your highest priority. You need to commit yourself to adjust successfully to the rigors of college so you can begin building a record of academic excellence. Start now.
Sophomore Year
  • Consult with the Law Center director and any other pre-law advisors you may have.
  • Finish your University Program requirements.
  • Explore challenging courses in potential major and minor fields. Consult with faculty in these fields for advice. Take electives in other areas to balance your education.
  • Keep your GPA high. Don’t assume you can raise it significantly later with a few good semesters. It’s much harder than you might think.
  • Attend all Pre-Law sponsored activities.
  • Pick up the LSAT/LSDAS registration packet at the Law Center. Start familiarizing yourself with the format of the LSAT, fees, test schedules, LSDAS procedures, etc.
  • Attend the LSAT Preparation Workshops offered by the Law Center. There is no excuse not to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Take the Practice LSAT offered by the Law Center. There is no excuse not to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Junior Year
  • Consult with the Law Center director and any other pre-law advisors you may have.
  • If you are not certain of your major by now, this is the time to get serious.
  • Attend all Pre-Law sponsored activities.
  • Pick up the LSAT/LSDAS registration packet at the Law Center. Familiarize yourself thoroughly with its contents.
  • Attend the LSAT Preparation Workshops offered by the Law Center. There is no excuse not to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Take the Practice LSAT offered by the Law Center. There is no excuse not to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Keep your GPA high. The grades you earn this year will be the most recent ones reported on your LSDAS report.
  • Assess yourself critically, and try to form a realistic picture of your chances of being accepted at various law schools. If you have not taken several practice LSATs under timed conditions, this will be harder to do.
  • Consider visiting nearby law schools. Often they sponsor special days for just this purpose, where you will also have a chance to visit a class in progress. Stay in touch with the Law Center for details.
  • If you think you are ready, take the June LSAT.

 

Senior Year
  • Consult with the Law Center director and any other pre-law advisors you may have.
  • Do not succumb to “senioritis” – continue to study and apply yourself in all courses.
  • Take the Fall LSAT if you have not taken the June exam. Do not wait until December. There are too many things that could go wrong.
  • Make final decisions about law school selections. The Law Center has many materials available to assist you in this process.
  • Send out law school applications, preferably before the semester break.
  • In most cases, applying for financial aid involves a separate application process, usually after you have been accepted for admission.