Application & Checklist

1st and 2nd Years

  • Select a major in a field that both interests you and allows you to excel academically.
  • Begin to form relationships with professors so that they will know your work well enough to write letters of recommendations or evaluations in the future.
  • Expand your education by seeking summer jobs or internships in fields of interest.

3rd Year-Spring Semester

Summer Between 3rd and 4th Years

  • Send transcripts to LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Decide on competitive, safety and long-shot schools to which you will apply.
  • Draft a generic personal statement.
  • If possible, visit the law schools that interest you.

4th Year-August to November (Application Period)

  • Meet with a pre-law adviser to review the admissions process and discuss the law schools you have selected.
  • Take or retake the LSAT in October if necessary-register by late August.
  • Revise your personal statements. Seek feedback from faculty and the pre-law advisers.
  • Ask potential letter of recommendation or evaluation writers if they would be willing to write a recommendation on your behalf. Provide them with the CAS recommendation forms along with sufficient information to write detailed letters.
  • Most law schools review applications on a rolling basis-set a late October application deadline.
  • Attend the Davidson Law School Fair in early November.

4th Year-December to June (Acceptance Period)

  • Send fall semester grades to law schools.
  • Complete financial aid forms.
  • Visit schools to which you have been admitted and send a deposit to one school only.
  • Update the schools at which you have been waitlisted on your latest GPA, honors, senior thesis, extracurricular activities, etc.