Pre-Law Timeline

 Freshman and Sophomore Year

  • Enroll in courses that will improve your communication skills. This includes reading comprehension, writing, logical reasoning, and analytical skills.
  • Begin to develop relationships with faculty members, creating a preliminary list of professors you may ask for a letters of recommendation.
  • Talk with alumni and members of the Career Center to learn more about the legal profession.
  • Join Williams’ Law Society, as involvement in law-related extracurricular activities is a consideration in law school admissions.
  • Begin to look for means to offset the cost of law school.

 Summers between Freshman-Sophomore Year and Sophomore-Junior Year

  • Hold a job/internship in the legal field to demonstrate both interest and experience in law. If a law-related position is unavailable, try to hold a job/internship that can add poignant experience to discuss with interviewers.
  • Catch up on political and legal news, using the break from academics to be well informed in preparation for interviews and discussions with law school representatives.
  • Compose a list of possible law schools you will apply to, and, if possible, visit these schools prior to applying – this will be prior to junior, as opposed to sophomore, year.

Junior Year

  • Participate in interviews and discussions with law school representatives.
  • During the spring semester, schedule a preliminary conference with the pre-law advisor at the Career Center to discuss your plans.
  • Narrow your list of possible faculty members who will write your letter of recommendation; find out which faculty members will be on campus in the fall.

 Summer Before Senior Year

  • Try to take the June LSAT – having scores while you decide to apply is a serious advantage.
  • Prepare a resume, which will be helpful to recommendation writers, as well as in organizing future application essays and answers.
  • Prepare a draft of your personal statement, and ask the pre-law advisor to review it.

Fall Semester of Senior Year

  • As soon as you select schools to which you would like to apply, send for your applications or find them on-line.
  • Request recommendations from faculty members.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) with LSAC.  ABA-approved law schools and many other law schools require the CAS for J.D. applicants.
  • If you have not taken a previous LSAT, then register promptly to take the October test. This would also be the date to take a retake if your situation warrants such action.
  • Meet with the pre-law advisor to discuss your current plans and application strategy.
  • Notify your recommendation writers of your application schedule and supply them with any necessary forms and stamped, addressed envelopes, or instructions for submitting the recommendation.
  • It is your responsibility to have an official copy of your transcript sent to LSAC directly from the registrar’s office of every institution you have attended.
  • Complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving or earlier.

The Remainder of Senior Year

  • Send further information (i.e., seventh semester grades, honors, etc.). Note: If these grades hurt your GPA, do not send them unless they are specifically requested.
  • Wait for decisions, which may come early if decided on a rolling admissions basis or much later in the spring, depending on school policy.
  • If you are admitted to your first choice school, release other schools from your application so that other applicants may be considered
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