Law School Application Check List

The Check List for Fall 2022 Admission is organized topically. Click here to get the same list organized chronologically.

This Check List assumes you have already made the firm decision to apply to law school after a thorough investigation of the law, legal careers and the financial implications/consequences


  • Decide how you will prepare for the LSAT (Jan – Mar 2021)
  • Prepare, study, practice! (Spring or Summer 2021)
  • Register for LSAT (by late April for June LSAT, early July for August LSAT, late August for October LSAT) – earlier registration means more choices of test centers
  • Take the test (June, August, or October 2021)

*NOTE: As of May 2021, there are over 65 law schools that accept the GRE for admission. For most students, it’s still not quite viable to skip the LSAT, but each school has its own rules regarding applying with the GRE. Please check the relevant law school websites for more information.


  • Identify possible recommenders (Spring 2021)
  • Talk with recommenders to confirm (Spring 2021)
  • Confirm recommenders’ Fall 2020 location/contact info (Spring 2021)
  • Provide LSAC links to recommenders (September 2021)



Dean’s Letters

Financial Aid

  • Fill out each school’s financial aid application (with online applications, or in January 2022, depending on school’s procedure)
  • Complete the FAFSA online (January 2021)

Final Steps