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)
- Request transcripts from UMass registrar (September or October 2021)
- Request transcripts from other undergraduate institutions attended (September 2021)
- Start exploring schools through ABA/LSAC guide and other reliable sources (Spring 2021)
- Purchase LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (no later than September 2020)
- Draft personal statement(s) (September – October 2021)
- Spruce up resume (September – October 2021)
- Complete and submit online applications (by Thanksgiving-ish 2021)
- Request Dean’s certification letters for all schools that require them—note that very few schools do require these (October 2021)
- 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)