Pre-Law Timeline

Undergraduate Timeline

Are you wondering what you need to do to prepare and apply for law school, and when to do it? The timeline below will take you through each year of your undergraduate career at the U of M. It is not preferred or required to begin law school immediately after undergrad, so this timeline can be adjusted accordingly to your anticipated start date of law school.

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Start building experiences and skills that will help develop your law school application. Volunteering and student group involvement are great places to start.
  • Attend our free workshops about law school.
  • Start developing a rapport with professors and advisors who you might consider asking for a recommendation letter later on.
  • Meet with the pre-law advisor.

Junior Year (or two years prior to starting law school)

  • During the fall semester, meet with an advisor about preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Research law schools.
  • Approach professors, supervisors, etc. for recommendation letters.
  • Devote 4-6 months to studying for the LSAT.
  • Take the June LSAT. This allows you to immediately submit your applications in September.
  • Begin working on your personal statement during the summer.

Senior Year (or one year prior to starting law school)

  • Attend law school forums in various cities.
  • Finalize your personal statement
    • Make an appointment with the pre-law advisor for review.
  • Fill out law school applications for early review processes. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) about 6 weeks before you submit your law school applications.
  • Take the LSAT if you haven't already.
    • The October LSAT will allow you to submit law school applications early.
    • The December LSAT will allow you to apply to law schools at the standard time.
  • Fill out FAFSA materials.