Applying to Law School

You’ve done your research, and now you’re ready to apply to law school. The process may seem overwhelming at first, but once you are more familiar with it, you’ll see that it’s really pretty straightforward. These resources are designed to smooth the way for you.

Start below with the overview, checklist, and the timeline to situate yourself, and then explore the resources specific to each aspect of your application.

And never hesitate to contact the Pre-Law Advising Office with any questions, big or small.


Law School Forums: What to know before you go

Should you go to one of the LSAC law school forums or other big law fairs? What can you get out of these forums/fairs? All your questions are answered below.

What does a Law School Forum look like?
It’s a …

By Diane Curtis
Diane Curtis Pre-Law Advisor & Senior Lecturer
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Waitlisted? Some strategies and perspectives

Private pre-law advisor Ann Levine has produced a great article of tips for waitlisted law school applicants. First she’s got some great perspectives on what the waitlist looks like from the law school’s side:

Most law schools don’t even think …

By Diane Curtis
Diane Curtis Pre-Law Advisor & Senior Lecturer
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Law School By the Numbers from AccessLex

By Diane Curtis
Diane Curtis Pre-Law Advisor & Senior Lecturer
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Pre-Law Resources

Overview: Applying to Law School

The law school application process should ideally begin about a year and a half before you intend to start law …

Law School Application Check List

The Check List for Fall 2025 Admission is organized topically. Click here to get the same list organized chronologically. Go …

Law School Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2025 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving-ish 2024.

Law school applications: Fee waivers

LSAC will grant fee waivers to applicants with demonstrated financial need. Comprehensive information regarding the fee waiver application process can …

Add Yourself to the Pre-Law Advising Mailing List

The best way to keep up to date on all things pre-law (besides visiting this site often!) is to sign …

Law school applications: How can the Pre-Law Advising Office help?

The UMass Pre-Law Advising Office can help you explore legal careers, apply to law school, and even help you manage …