Law School Application Checklist
The protocol below may be completed entirely in your senior year, however, it is recommended that you follow the chronology listed. For a printable version of this list in pdf format please click here. If you do not have a pdf viewer please vist Adobe to download one for free.
- ( ) Begin preparing for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) no later than your junior year at Auburn. LSAT preparation manuals are available in local bookstores. Old LSATs and additional preparation materials may be purchased from the Law School Admissions Council (215- 968-1001).
A free diagnostic LSAT may be taken on-line. Kaplan offers free diagnostic tests on the Auburn campus from time to time. For details and dates, call 1-800-KAP-TEST.
Pamphlets containing information about commercial LSAT prep courses are available in the pre-law office (Haley 7002). Students are encouraged to contact representatives of any commercial LSAT prep courses in which they are interested to compare the benefits and costs of these courses.
The Pre-law Program at Auburn University does not endorse any particular LSAT prep course and does not advocate commercial courses over self-directed preparation by students.
- ( ) In April of your junior year, come by the pre-law office and get an LSAT & LSDAS Information Book (LSDAS is the Law School Data Assembly Service), so that you may create an on-line account and register for the LSAT and LSDAS.
- ( ) Take the June LSAT if possible. This will give you the rest of the summer to investigate law schools where you are most likely to be accepted based on your LSAT score and GPA.
The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools is available in the pre-law office and contains admissions standards for all accredited law schools in the United States as well as their web page and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Law school rankings may be accessed at US News' site, and admissions standards may be accessed on the Internet Legal Resource Guide site.
Students who know the state or city where they hope to practice law and/or the particular practice area they hope to enter are encouraged to interview law school admissions officers about their law schools' records for placement of graduates in these jobs.
- ( ) In the early fall of your senior year, download law school applications from the web sites of the schools you would like to attend or order applications from the admissions offices of the law schools you have selected. If you prefer to apply electronically, you may purchase the LSACD from Law Services or use it on the web.
- ( ) Use your LSAT & LSDAS Information Book to subscribe to the LSDAS on-line. You must be registered with the LSDAS in order for law schools to process your applications.
- ( ) Determine whether the law schools where you are submitting applications require letters of recommendation and, if so, how many. If you will need letters of recommendation, you may want to subscribe to the Letter of Recommendation Service provided by LSDAS so that LSDAS will duplicate and forward letters to the schools to which you apply. When requesting that a professor, employer, or other individual write a letter of recommendation for you, be sure to give that person a resume setting forth your qualifications for law school admission and your personal accomplishments, both academic and extra-curricular.
If you are using the LSDAS Letter of Recommendation Service, you must also give each person writing a recommendation a copy of the Letter of Recommendation Form available on-line.
- ( ) Transcript request forms, also available on-line, must be sent to every undergraduate and graduate school that you have attended. When they receive these forms, your undergraduate and graduate schools will forward your transcripts to the LSDAS where they will become a part of the law school report that LSDAS will provide to each law school to which you apply.
- ( ) Complete your law school applications in a timely manner. Begin drafting your personal statement early so that you may put sufficient thought and effort into it. Be sure you are aware of the application deadline for each school to which you will apply (most have a February or March application deadline.)
- ( ) If possible, submit all applications by December 31. Many schools award scholarships to applicants during January. Be sure to contact each law school for information about scholarships for which you may be eligible and, if necessary, to request financial aid application materials. You may request the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from the law school financial aid office. You must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal financial aid.
- ( ) If you were dissatisfied with your June or September LSAT score, you may consider retaking the LSAT in December. If in doubt as to whether to retake the LSAT, discuss this option with the admissions officers of the schools to which you are applying.
- ( ) When accepted by the law school of your choice, send in your matriculation deposit and complete the student loan application process, if necessary.
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Dorothy Wells Littleton
Last Updated: August 08, 2014