Pre-Law Timeline - Junior Year
Fall of Junior Year
- Continue the activities suggested for your freshman and sophomore years.
- Contact the Pre-Law Advisor to review your academic record and your extracurricular, work, and other experiences and to discuss the law school application process.
- Select a date to take the Law School Admissions Test. The LSAT is offered four times a year in February, June, either late September or early October, and December. You should take the LSAT only after you have spent a significant amount of time preparing for the test, so select a date that provides you with enough time to get ready for the test. Most law school applicants take the LSAT either the summer of their junior year or the fall of their senior year so that their applications can be submitted during the fall of their senior year.
- Take a practice LSAT to determine areas of strength and weakness.
Spring of Junior Year
- Register with the Law School Admissions Council by going to the LSAC website.
- Register as early as you can so that you can reserve a spot in the most convenient test center for you. The registration deadline for the LSAT is usually one month prior to the test date. When you register for the LSAT, please authorize the LSAC to release your date to the Pre-Law Advisor. Your personal data remains confidential, but it will help the Pre-Law Advisor in advising future students.
- If you are taking the LSAT in June, prepare for the test and start researching law schools.
- Have initial discussions with professors about providing letters of recommendation.
Summer after Junior Year
- Take the LSAT if you are taking the test in June. If you are taking the LSAT in September/October, prepare for the test.
- If you took the LSAT in June, you should receive your score in July.
- Consult the Boston College Law School Locator and the ABA/LSAC Official Guide to U.S. Law School to make a list of law schools that interest you and represent a realistic possibility of admission based on your GPA and LSAT score.
- Research your law school choices, begin drafting and revising your personal statement and resume.
- Subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service by going to LSAC website and having transcripts from all undergraduate institutions from which you have received college credits sent to the LSDAS at the very beginning of the fall semester. Verify the accuracy of the transcripts and your CAS report.