When to Apply to Law School

calendarsYou apply to law school the year before you will enter.

For example, if you want to attend law school in the fall of 2016, you would apply in the fall of 2015.

So, figure out which year you want to start law school and begin your application process at least a year before, preferably in the spring or summer.

I will cover the application timeline in my next post, but first let’s answer the question…

When is the best time to apply to law school?

I believe that the ideal deadline for applying to law school is by Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November).

Applying in November gives you the advantage of having your application reviewed when fewer people have applied. In fact, only about a third of applicants apply by November. Can you believe that? That’s worth repeating: only about a third of applicants apply by November. 

Most people procrastinate and apply too late. Don’t be one of those people!

That said, you do not have to wait until November to apply.

If you took an earlier LSAT and will have your score by July, then bump up your timeline and apply when applications open in late September and early October. Then you’ll really be ahead of the crowd. And that’s exactly where you want to be.

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

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2 thoughts on “When to Apply to Law School

  1. Hi Peg, I really appreciate you going forward and helping more people. I am so happy your expanding and doing more!

    One question regarding this is if there are programs you apply to in conjunction with Law School for scholarship opportunities for people of color or program opportunities alongside the condition you get into Law School? I hope that made sense.

    • Thanks, Leslie Anne, for your kind words of support. I’m looking forward to helping a lot more pre-lawyers in the coming years.

      In regards to your question, you are considered for scholarships when you apply. Many times, law schools will have diversity scholarships and other types of scholarships that you don’t even realize you are being considered for. Once you’re accepted, you will then receive info about the scholarship with your financial aid letter and/or your acceptance letter.

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