The Law School Application Timeline (FREE Handout!)

worry-quote-erma-bombeckSo many law school applicants worry about all the things they need to do to apply to law school. They’re afraid they will not do all the tasks that they need to do. They’re also afraid they won’t get everything completed on time.

If you can relate to this, know that you are not alone.

Even better, I have the solution to your worries.

You will find the overall timeline for applying to law school HERE.

Open the PDF and print it out.

I recommend having this document as a hard copy so you can refer to it easily and can check off the tasks you’ve completed.

I love checking off boxes, don’t you? It will give you a sense of accomplishment every time you complete a task and are able to check off the box next to it.

  • In the first column of the table, I’ve listed all the tasks you need to do to apply to law school.
  • In the second column, I’ve listed the “Ideal Deadline” to complete each task. If you are taking the June or October LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), follow these deadlines.
  • In the third column, I’ve listed the “Drop-dead Deadline” for each task. If you are taking the December LSAT, follow these deadlines.

As you can see from these deadlines, the earlier you start preparing for your law school application, the better. Please take time to thoroughly read the whole timeline.

You may be wondering, why don’t I list a deadline for the February LSAT?

I don’t list it because I do not recommend taking the February LSAT. The February LSAT is an undisclosed test. That means you will receive your score and percentile rank, but you will not receive your answer sheet, score conversion chart, and test book. Many people want to receive their test materials so they can go over what they got right and what they got wrong. If you still want to take the February because it works for your schedule, that’s fine. I just needed to warn you about it so you can make an informed decision.

I hope my timeline makes your path for applying to law school easier and less anxious. Please feel free to share it with your prelaw friends and colleagues.

This timeline is excerpted from my book, The No B.S. Guide to the Application Timeline. If you want step-by-step directions for all the steps, please consider buying my guide.

Have questions or comments about the law school application timeline? I’m here to help. Post your questions below and I’ll respond.

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