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

  • Register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
  • Meet with a pre-law adviser to plan your admissions strategy
  • Prepare for the LSAT.
  • Plan to take LSAT in June-register by early May
  • Use the law school locator webpages above to consider the schools to which you may apply

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.