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Law School Application Checklist: Everything You Need to Know

Published March 19, 2020

Applying for law school is a long and sometimes stressful process. Trying to get all of your ducks in a row can be a little bit easier if you have a singular list to tell you each step you need to take along the way.

Here’s our checklist of everything you need to know when applying for law school:

  • Register for Credential Assembly Services (CAS)
  • Get a professional sounding email address
  • Start asking trusted bosses, professors, or mentors for letters of recommendation
    • Add recommender info to CAS account
  • Send transcripts to LSAC
  • Check your Academic Summary Report (based on your transcripts) for errors/inconsistencies
  • Attend a law school forum or a campus recruiting event or visit your local law school(s)
  • Choose an LSAT date based on when you will be applying to law school
  • Select an LSAT prep method and STUDY
  • Take the LSAT
  • Collect fee waivers if applicable (free applications)
  • Prepare your law school resume
  • Prepare your law school personal statement
  • Prepare your addenda - character statement
  • Create a list of law schools, essay prompts, and requirements
  • Write optional essays
  • Fill out law school applications online, and proofread them!
    • Have someone else proofread them as well
  • Pay for LSAC reports for each law school and for the applications themselves
  • Submit law school applications

Hopefully this checklist will help you keep track of all the many different aspects of applying to law school, and you can check them off as you go! 

For more info on applying to law school, check out the UB School of Law Admissions Blog!

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