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To Apply to Law School You Must..

  • Sign-Up - for the listserv: Pre-Law-Advisor
    send e-mail to: listproc@ucdavis.edu
    no subject
    in the body of the e-mail write: subscribe pre-law-advisor your name
  • Register  - online for LSAT/LSDAS -
    You can initially apply online for a fee waiver but you must send financial documents within 45 days
  • Take  - the LSAT
    prepare at least 6 weeks to 3 months in advance
  • Send  - transcripts, from all undergraduate institutions you attended, to LSDAS
  • Obtain 2 or 3 recommendation letters (academic preferred), you may have school specific letters also,
    have them mailed to LSDAS; print and give the forms to writers
  • Research schools
  • Write - a personal statement
    Have critiqued by Pre-Law Advisor and others
  • Fill Out - the application online through LSDAS
  • Complete - and turn FAFSA in
    Jan 1 - March 2 (earlier is best)
  • Email applications ( preferred) through LSDAS or mail
  • Note: Watch for advertisements about Application Information
    and Personal Statement Workshops

Attend Law School Information Day, October 6, 2010

Timeline For 2011

FEBRUARY/MARCH - 2010

LSAT-February 6

(register by January 5)

This is a good time to take the test since it is not near finals and if you need to retake it there are two more test dates left and you can still be an early applicant.
Explore LSAT preparation options "Law School Admission Test Preparation"Handout;

Register for LSAT/LSDAS

APRIL/MAY - 2010
View the Personal Statement" handout and/or the video. Other information relating to law schools, law school admissions, and more can be found on
the Pre-Law Advising Web site.


JUNE - 2010
LSAT- June 7
(register by May 4)
Another good time to take the LSAT but must juggle prepping for finals and LSAT.

Start working on Personal Statement, start researching scholarship Web sites.
If taking LSAT in September, prepare in the summer.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - 2010

LSAT -October 9

(register by September 7)
Some law schools start accepting applications. Apply to law schools online through LSDAS
Bring draft of Personal Statement to be critiqued by Pre-Law Advisor

Request 2 or 3, up to 4 letters of recommendation, in addition may have school specific letters
(must have at least one from a professor) - mail to LSDAS. Send transcripts to LSDAS


NOVEMBER - 2010
(The deadline for many Early Admissions is Nov. 1)
Pre-Law Advising recommends that applications for regular admissions be
completed no later thanThanksgiving (schools have rolling admissions)

DECEMBER - 2010
LSAT- December 11
(register by November 9)


JANUARY - 2011
Send fall quarter transcripts once they are processed to LSDAS and schools requesting them. Can file for FAFSA


FEBRUARY - 2011
LSAT - February 12
(register by January 11)
February 1 is the deadline for most major law schools
COMPLETED application must be postmarked by this date; "complete" means

includes LSDAS Report;

MARCH/JUNE 2011
Wait to hear from law schools and put down deposits to hold seat

Turn FAFSA in by March 2 (prefferably earlier)

LSDAS/LSAT Fee Waivers

LSAC recommends that you submit your completed fee waiver application at least four weeks prior to the regular registration deadline for a particular test date.

There are three ways you can request a fee waiver:

  1. Go to LSAC.org and use the online fee waiver application.
  2. Download the fee waiver packet from LSAC.org
  3. Obtain a paper fee waiver packet from a law school admission office or a prelaw advisor, at least six weeks prior to the regular registration deadline for a particular test date.

 


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