Law School Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2021 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving-ish 2020.It’s an ideal time line — meaning you started thinking about the process at least a year and a half before you intend to start law school.  As you’ll see, there a number of places where you can “catch up” to the time line, if you didn’t start thinking about things that early.

* April 2020 NOTE: Many of the dates below, especially for the LSAT, law school forums, and visiting law schools, may be impacted by COVID-19. See this post for the most up to date info on COVID-19 impacts*

 

January – March 2020

March – May 2020

April 24, 2020

June 8, 2020

  • Take the LSAT

May 28, 2020

Week of July 12

July 15, 2020

June – September 2020

August 21, 2020

August 29, 2020

  • Take the LSAT.

September – October 2020

September 12, 2020

September 26, 2020

September 30, 2020

October 3, 2020

  • Take the LSAT (if you did not take it over the summer)

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

  • Check on LSAC that files are complete; follow up if necessary

January – May 2021

Early January 2021

March – April 2021