Law School Application Time Line

This recommended Time Line for Fall 2024 admission assumes that you will complete and submit your applications by Thanksgiving-ish 2023. 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 are a number of places where you can “catch up” to the time line, if you didn’t start thinking about things that early. You can view this same information as a checklist here or go here for all of our application resources.

Step one: Apply for fee waivers

January – March 2023

March – July 2023

June 9-10, 2023

  • Take the LSAT*

June 29, 2023

June – September 2023

July 25, 2023

August 11-12, 2023

  • Take the LSAT*

August 31, 2023

Week of September 8-9, 2023

  • Take the LSAT*

September – October 2023

September 28, 2023

October 13-14, 2023


  • Take the LSAT*

November 11-12, 2023

  • Take the LSAT* (think of this LSAT only as your backup plan, not the “ideal” timeline)

Thankgiving-ish 2023

  • Finalize applications and transmit

December 2023

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

January – May 2024

Early January 2024

March – May 2024

* Ideally you’ll only take the LSAT once! So choose just one among these options.