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Application Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Focus on earning good grades: GPA is second the second most important component of law school applications.
  • Become involved on campus: Biddle Law Society, athletic teams, student government, whatever interests you. Be a doer, not just a joiner.
  • Attend pre-law events, meet attorneys, consider a co-op in a law firm, government agency or corporate legal department.
  • Get to know Drexel's pre-law advisor (Michael Vitlip).
  • Develop solid consumer credit.
  • Stay out of trouble.
  • Decide whether you really want to attend law school.

Sophomore Year

  • Focus on earning good grades: GPA is second the second most important component of law school applications.
  • Become involved on campus: Biddle Law Society, athletic teams, student government, whatever interests you. Be a doer, not just a joiner.
  • Attend pre-law events, meet attorneys, consider a co-op in a law firm, government agency or corporate legal department.
  • Get to know Drexel's pre-law advisor (Michael Vitlip).
  • Develop solid consumer credit.
  • Stay out of trouble.
  • Decide whether you really want to attend law school.

Pre-Junior Year (if applicable)

  • Focus on earning good grades: GPA is second the second most important component of law school applications.
  • Become involved on campus: Biddle Law Society, athletic teams, student government, whatever interests you. Be a doer, not just a joiner.
  • Attend pre-law events, meet attorneys, consider a co-op in a law firm, government agency or corporate legal department.
  • Get to know Drexel's pre-law advisor (Michael Vitlip).
  • Develop solid consumer credit.
  • Stay out of trouble.
  • Decide whether you really want to attend law school.

Junior Year

Printable Junior/Senior Checklist

  • Continue to focus on grades, building credit and staying out of trouble!
  • For fall/winter co-op students:
    • Begin LSAT preparation: use actual, previously-administered tests (available at www.LSAC.org).
    • Attend mock LSAT(s).
    • Meet with prelaw advisor to discuss LSAT preparation and grades.
    • Order ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (available at www.LSAC.org).
    • Begin considering which law school attributes are important to you.
  • For spring/summer co-op students:
    • Continue LSAT preparation.
    • Decide whether you wish to take the June or October LSAT (either is usually fine, some Early Decision/Early Action programs may require the June test).
    • Begin considering who you will ask to write your letters of recommendations; approach prospective letter writers late in the spring.
    • Register for LSAT and LSDAS (www.LSAC.org)
    • Submit transcript requests to ALL undergraduate schools attended.
    • Attend LSAC's Washington DC recruitment forum (July).

Senior Year

Printable Junior/Senior Checklist #2

Fall Term

  • Take LSAT if not taken previously.
  • Meet with prelaw advisor to discuss application process and formulate a plan.
  • Determine topic for personal statement, submit draft(s) to prelaw advisor for comments.
  • Finalize application list of 5 to 8 law schools (safeties, middles and stretches).
  • Submit applications by late-November/early-December (watch earlier deadlines for ED/EA programs).
  • Check online LSDAS file status regularly to monitor applications.
  • Attend LSAC's New York recruitment forum and/or Philadelphia Law School Fair.

Winter Term

  • Retake LSAT in December and/or February (if necessary).
  • Continue to monitor LSDAS file status to keep abreast of status of applications.
  • Promptly respond to all supplemental requests for information from law schools.
  • Keep prelaw advisor informed as schools issue decisions.
  • Reevaluation list of schools as appropriate/consider submitting additional applications if necessary.

Winter/Spring Term

  • Plan visits to law schools.
  • File FAFSA after submitting previous year's federal tax return (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
  • Evaluate financial aid packages.
  • Narrow choices.
  • Make decision.
  • Pay seat deposit on or before deadline.

Spring/Summer term

  • Secure law school housing.
  • Summer reading list.
  • Apply for student loans.
  • Make certain law school has current contact information.
  • Graduate from Drexel.
  • Enjoy your summer – RELAX