This timeline has been adapted from the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA) Pre-Law Handbook.
Freshman and Sophomore Years
- Select a major in a field that interests you and allows you to excel academically.
- Begin to form relationships with professors, lecturers and TAs so that they will know your work well enough to serve as recommenders in the future.
- Expand your education by seeking summer jobs or internships in fields of interest.
- Meet with a pre-law advisor to assess your academic, extracurricular and work experiences and to discuss the application process.
- Begin preparing for the LSAT; if you are ready, register for the June administration.
- Secure a summer job or internship, if possible, in a law-related field.
- Research law schools and compile a list of tentative schools.
Senior Year or Year Before Entering Law School
- Make an application timeline, including when you plan to take the LSAT. Start with when you would like to submit applications (example, by Oct. 15) and work backwards.
- Register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Have transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended sent to the CAS after verifying their accuracy.
- Make sure your CAS report is correct.
- Ask potential recommendation writers if they would be willing to write letters on your behalf. Provide them with the CAS recommendation forms or the school's forms along with sufficient information to write detailed letters.
- Make arrangements to have dean's certifications sent to schools that require them.
- Attend law school fairs and programs offered by Haverford on the application process.
- Take the September/October LSAT if you did not take the test in June or earlier.
- Begin drafting and revising your personal statement.
- Meet with a pre-law advisor, who will help you assess the strength of your application in relation to schools you are considering. Request a critique of your personal statement draft.
- Complete applications by early to mid-November.
- Take the LSAT on December 1 if you did not take it previously or are retaking the test.
- Check with schools to make sure your files are complete.
- Complete the FAFSA and other need analysis forms such as Need Access as well as any institutional financial aid applications as soon after January 1 as possible.
- Meet with a pre-law advisor in the spring to assess your options as schools respond to you.
- Take appropriate action on acceptances, wait-list status, and financial aid packages.
- Before leaving campus, have a final transcript sent to any schools still considering your application.