Further Education - Law School

  TimeTable 

Getting Started | Timetable | Applying | LSAT | Selecting

 

1st and Sophomore Years

·   Choose classes that will help you master skills in critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, and technical writing.

·   Watch your GPA. Dipping below a 3.0 limits your options. More competitive law schools require a 3.5 or higher.

·   Start to think about whom you may want to ask for letters of recommendation. Establish a relationship with these individuals, which could mean taking more than one course from a faculty member. They will get to know your work even better and see how you progress.

·   Is there a work crew that would serve your interests well? Pursue extra-curricular activities. Consider where to do your service work. Develop leadership skills. But remember, it's quality, not quantity that counts.

·   Talk to people in the legal profession. Have Career Services help you connect with alumni.

·   Consider doing an internship or project that will expose you to law practice.

·   Develop a resume with the help of a Career Advisor.

 

Junior Year

·   If you are planning on going immediately to law school after Warren Wilson, you should ideally take the LSAT in June, following your junior year. October or December of your senior year are the other options.

·   Take a practice LSAT.

·   Prepare for the LSAT (September-June).

·   Register for the LSAT (April-May). Deadline to register is usually one month prior to the test date.

·   Continue with service activities.

·   Consider a summer internship.

 

Senior Year (or Year Before Entering Law School)

·   Beginning in the summer before your senior year, start researching law schools. Request catalogs, applications, and financial aid information from law schools. (June-September)

·   Subscribe to The Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), a service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). (August-September)

·   Have official transcripts sent to LSDAS. (August-September)

·   Take LSAT, if you didn't take it in June. (October)

·   Check LSDAS report for accuracy. (September)

·   Select persons to write letters of recommendation, and talk to them. Officially request letters of recommendation for all the schools you have chosen. (September)

·   Write a personal statement. (September-October)

·   Meet with admissions representatives. Check out the Law School Forum and other LSAC sponsored events. (September-November)

·   Fill out and send law school applications. (October-December)

·   Follow up with law schools to be sure application file is complete and that all letters of recommendation have been received.

·   File your financial aid applications. (January or sooner)

·   Receive decisions. (March-April)

·   Select a law school. Be sure to pay your seat deposit on time. (March-June)

·   Have a copy of your final transcript (certifying your graduation) sent to the law school you chose. (June)