Once upon a time, I thought law school was going to be in my future.
I held a love for reading and writing. Heck, I even majored in English. After I informed my friends and family about my declared major, they always asked: “So you want to be an English teacher?” My response was a definitive “no.”
Truth be told, I had no idea what I was going to do after graduating with an English degree, but I knew a master’s degree of some sort was in my future.
I somehow settled on law after researching which careers matched my skill set, and I began executing my plan to apply to law school. Without a pre-law advisor, my first instincts were to take a Business Law class (which I loved and highly recommend) and obtain a law firm internship (which I also recommend).
My second reaction was to study for the LSAT. So off to Barnes and Nobles I went to purchase the first LSAT prep book I spotted. I registered for the February exam because I saw deadlines for the application were February 15th (this made sense to me at the time). I studied for maybe a month and took one full-length practice test before sitting for the exam. Once I got my score back, I promptly submitted my application to two schools and gave myself a pat on the back for my hard work.
Don’t hold your breath… because this story does not end well for my law school career. I received rejection letters and sullenly turned my back on law school.
If I only knew what I know now, I would’ve told 22-year-old Stephanie all of the things that she did wrong with her application process:
But good news! There is a silver lining to this entire story. I eventually received a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, which brought me to my career as a pre-law advisor. I pride myself on ensuring that students don’t make the same mistakes I made many years ago.
If you have any questions about the law school timeline or process, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you find this application timeline useful on your path to law school!
Start planning to secure your letters of recommendation. Law schools look for 2-3 recommendations. Ideally you want to ask work supervisors or professors who know you the best. Find Out More About Letters of Recommendation.
Continue to study for the LSAT and maintain your good grades (if still in school).
Create an LSAC account in order to register for the June LSAT. Your LSAC account will help you throughout every step of the application process.
Take the LSAT. This is the ideal time to take the LSAT in order to begin your application in the fall. You will have your scores in time to figure out the best schools to apply to.
Complete and submit online applications. You should aim to submit by Thanksgiving.