Law School - Timeline

Planning Timeline


Apply Early

It is always a good idea to complete your applications long before schools' deadlines. It allows you time to address any problems that may arise during the submission of your materials. Applying early will also put you at an advantage if the schools you are applying to use "rolling admissions," i.e., they review applications as they arrive. When rolling admissions are used, law school seats may be filled throughout the admissions season. So, if you wait until the school's stated deadline, you may have less of a chance of gaining admission.


Junior Year

  • Continue exploring the legal field
  • Attend the Cal Law School Fair in the fall
  • Watch our Law School videos on applying and writing the statement.
  • Obtain LSAT & CAS Registration information from the LSAC website
  • Register for the June LSAT
  • Register with the CAS
  • Allow 4-6 weeks to prepare for the LSAT
  • Consider taking a test prep course to help you prepare for the LSAT
  • Review your Academic Summary (viewable in the 'My Academics' tab in CalCentral) for any discrepancies; Review previous institutions' unofficial transcripts if you're a transfer student
  • Consider opening an account with the Letter Service
  • Start requesting letters of recommendation
  • Start investigating law schools
  • Arrange a visit to a law school by working with their admissions office. You can request a tour of the school, get connected with a current student, or ask to sit in on a law school course

Summer after Junior Year

  • Take the June LSAT
  • Receive LSAT score (3-4 weeks after test)
  • Review law school choices in light of LSAT scores
  • Request law school admissions materials
  • Register for October LSAT if necessary
  • Continue requesting letters of recommendation and checking on their status
  • Begin writing the personal statement

Fall of Senior Year

  • Finalize letters of recommendation
  • Order official transcripts
  • Finalize personal statement; get it proofread by your letter of recommendation writers.
  • Take October LSAT if necessary
  • Request financial aid information from law schools
  • Complete and send admissions applications before Thanksgiving

Spring of Senior Year

  • Contact law schools to see if applications are complete
  • Complete and submit financial aid materials
  • Evaluate admissions offers
  • Thank letter writers and inform them of your plans

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