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Law School Application Timeline

by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17

Hoping to get into law school? If so, great! The number of things you’ll need to do between your junior year of undergrad and actually getting into law school can be overwhelming. Here’s a timeline to help you stay on track.

Fall – Junior Year

  • Try to gain experience in the field; discuss internship possibilities with your career coach (We have opportunities with the State’s Attorney and Public Defender’s Offices).
  • Attend a law school workshop (see Champlain College web calendar for dates/times/locations) and schedule a preliminary meeting with a career coach in Career Collaborative by calling (802) 860-2720.
  • Begin researching schools using the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.
  • Sign up for free testing event with Kaplan for the LSAT. Check out LSAC for a free law school practice test.

Spring – Junior Year

  • Register for the LSAT.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit report for one of three national credit bureaus for nominal charge.
  • Start a file for letters of recommendation.

Summer before Senior Year

  • Take the LSAT or register for the LSAT if you haven’t done so yet.
  • If you haven’t started working on your resume, start working on it now. Set up an appointment with your career coach to get feedback on your resume.
  • Start writing your personal statement: Start with a story and develop your essay from there. Depth is better than breadth so focus on one event/person and expand on it. Essay Edge (http://www.essayedge.com/) is a great resource for samples.
  • Make a list of schools you’ll be applying to Use the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.
  • Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service: (http://www.lsac.org/applying/lsdas- general-information.asp). This is where you will house all your applications to be sent out to the different law schools. Send your transcripts to LSDAS.
  • Contact any creditors to establish mutually agreed upon monthly payments.

Fall – Senior Year

  • Line up recommendations: Talk to your professors and past supervisors (someone who can speak to your academic abilities) and choose three. Provide your recommenders with your resume and ask early. Write them thank you letters.
  • Attend a Law School workshop.
  • Revise personal statement and tailor it to specific essay topics on individual applications and have them reviewed.
  • Finalize your resume and personal statement and have them reviewed by your career coach.
  • Complete your LSDAS report.
  • Make sure your credit card payments are on track and avoid encumbering debt.
  • Put finishing touches on web-based applications.
  • Remind recommenders to send recommendations to schools or LSAC.
  • Request, review, and submit financial aid application materials to the schools early.

Winter –Senior Year

  • Fill out the FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov): To qualify for federal aid, you’ll fill out the same form for graduate school as you did for college. Get the FAFSA in ASAP after January 1.
  • Make sure to connect with each school to see if they have received your completed application.
  • Send new transcripts to the schools and to LSDAS after they are complete.

Spring – Senior Year

  • Compare offers: Keep your eye on your mailbox. Around May, you should start to receive admission offers.
  • Look into alternatives: If your financial aid doesn’t quite cut it, look into alternative loan programs. Remember that each sets its own terms, so compare borrower terms carefully.
  • Get ready to go: You’re about to start an exciting new part of your educational career.

Fall – First Year of Law School

  • Make it count. Congrats and good luck as you work towards your law school degree!

Source: Career Collaborative