Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising

A Four-Year Pre-Law Plan

Freshman Year

  • Focus on classes and earning high grades
  • Register with Office of Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA) to receive e-newsletters and program information
  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss academic and extracurricular interests
  • Consider joining mock trial team
  • Participate in Pre-Law Society activities and programs

Sophomore Year

  • Focus on classes and earning high grades
  • Take challenging courses
  • Consider joining mock trial team
  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss academic and extracurricular interests
  • Attend graduate and professional school workshops
  • Research internship, job shadowing, and mentoring opportunities
  • Take a practice Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

Junior Year

  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss the admission process and timeline
  • Attend campus visits by law school admission representatives and other speakers
  • Attend graduate and professional school workshops
  • Pursue internship, job shadowing, and mentoring opportunities
  • Attend law school fair(s) or a LSAC-sponsored Law School Forum
  • Register for the LSAT
  • Register with LSDAS
  • Take LSAT during summer after junior year
  • Prepare draft of personal statement after taking LSAT
  • Research law schools and financial aid opportunities

Senior Year

  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss LSAT results, list of law schools to apply, and personal statement
  • Revise and complete personal statement
  • Order transcripts from all universities attended for submission to LSDAS
  • Request all letters of recommendation
  • Attend law school fair(s) or LSAC-sponsored Law School Forum
  • Attend graduate and professional school workshops
  • Strive to complete applications by November 1
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Pay seat deposit by deadline
  • Notify the Office of Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Advising of schools where you are admitted and will matriculate