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Application Timeline

First Year, Second Year, and Pre-Junior Year (if applicable)

  • Focus on earning good grades: GPA is one of the two most important components of law school applications (LSAT score is the other).
  • Become involved on campus: Biddle Law Society, The Mock Trial Association, athletic teams, student government, whatever interests you. If you can, seek out positions that showcase additional responsibilities beyond "member."
  • Register for professional memberships and newsletters to stay up to date on events and information. You will be given access to the pre-law newsletter through completing this interest form.
  • Attend pre-law events, meet attorneys, and consider a co-op in a law firm, government agency, not-for-profit organization, or corporate legal department.
  • Schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor.
  • Explore legal careers using TypeFocus, LinkedIn, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Attend the Philadelphia Law School Fair each year to learn about schools and programs of interest.
  • Law schools will require addendums explaining any personal, professional, and/or academic areas of concern. The easiest way handle these is to avoid having to write them!

Junior Year

  • Decide if you will be applying for law school while still a student or if you are planning to take a gap year(s).
  • Begin LSAT preparation: Use actual, previously-administered tests (available at www.LSAC.org).
  • Attend mock LSAT(s).
  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss LSAT preparation and grades.
  • Research ABA-Approved law schools (check out the list at www.LSAC.org).
  • Begin considering which law school attributes are important to you.
  • If planning for a dual degree program, be sure to check all program entry requirements.
  • Register for the LSAT (available at www.LSAC.org).
  • Submit transcript requests to ALL undergraduate schools attended.
  • Make a financial plan for your law school application process; if fee waivers are needed, research how to apply.

Senior Year

Fall Term

  • Take LSAT if not taken previously, or re-take, if necessary.
  • Arrange meetings with admissions representatives from schools you're interested in.
  • Register for your Credential Assembly Services (CAS) report, which allows all your information to be easily transmitted to the schools you're applying to.
  • Meet with pre-law advisor to discuss application process and formulate a plan.
  • Determine topic for personal statement, submit draft(s) to pre-law 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 file status regularly to monitor applications.
  • Attend LSAC's New York recruitment forum and/or Philadelphia Law School Fair.

Winter Term

  • Re-take LSAT in December (if necessary).
  • Continue to monitor file status to keep abreast of status of applications.
  • Promptly respond to all supplemental requests for information from law schools.
  • Keep pre-law advisor informed as schools issue decisions.
  • Prepare for any required admissions interviews.
  • Talk to current students to find out information about the program, classes, and other key factors like cost of living, housing, and campus culture.
  • Reevaluate list of schools as appropriate/consider submitting additional applications if necessary.

Winter/Spring Term

  • Plan visits to law schools.
  • File the FAFSA after submitting your federal tax return.
  • Evaluate financial aid and scholarship packages. Negotiate aid, if possible. Consult pre-law advisor for best practices, if needed.
  • 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, if needed.
  • Make certain law school has current contact information.
  • Graduate from Drexel.
  • Enjoy your summer – RELAX