Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Law Advising

Division of Student Academic Services

Suggested Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Do well in your academic course work.
  • Keep your mind open about possible careers (beware of making up your mind too soon).
  • Make an appointment with your Career Advisor or visit the Career Development Center during walk-in hours for help with career exploration and to learn about the various career-related resources available to you.
  • Read the material on this website about selecting a major and taking courses.
  • Consider attending a pre-law information session.
  • Sign-up for the pre-law newsletter. To do so, log into your RamblerLink account > Select Profile > Academic > In the Pre-Law section, select “Yes” under the question, "Would you like to be included in a monthly Pre-Law e-newsletter?"

Sophomore Year

  • Continue strong academic preparation and begin developing professional relationships with faculty members who may write letters of recommendation for you.
  • If you have not yet done so, attend a pre-law information session and/or meet with a Career Advisor.
  • Consider making use of the self-assessment and career-planning services offered by the Career Development Center.
  • Set up a Law School Admissions Council account (available to students at no cost) and read the material on their website conscientiously.
  • Read the law-related books, many of them published by the LSAC, available under “Course Reserves” at Cudahy Library.
  • Seek out the advice/counsel of attorneys or law students that you know (or who know people you know).
  • Consider becoming involved with the undergraduate Pre-Law Society.
  • Consider pursuing a summer work opportunity or an internship in a legal setting.

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • Begin preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) offered in June. 
  • Register in March for the June LSAT.
  • Visit law schools to get a sense of what classes are like and to gain exposure to the law school environment.
  • Do a law-related internship this semester or during the summer.

Summer

  • Take the June LSAT.
  • Begin researching law schools and prepare a list of schools to which you may apply. Visit schools, if possible.
  • Attend a Law School Recruitment Forum, a recruitment event organized by of the LSAC that attracts law schools from throughout the country (a Forum is held in Chicago in July or later each year).
  • Obtain and review a copy of your credit report (having an accurate report is essential for applying for financial aid).
  • Register in July for the September/October LSAT (if you did not take the June LSAT or need to re-take the test).
  • Begin drafting your personal statements.
  • Think about whom you will ask to provide letters of recommendation.

Senior Year

September

  • Set up a calendar of deadlines for all schools to which you will apply, as it will help ensure that you do not miss an important date for applying for scholarships, sending tuition deposits, etc.
  • Subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Request that one official transcript be sent directly to the CAS from the registrar of each college or university you attended.
  • Request letters of recommendation (see individual schools' requirements).
  • Continue working on your personal statements.
  • Attend the Chicago-area LSAC Law School Forum and establish contact with Admissions officials from law schools you are interested in applying to.

October

  • Take the October LSAT (if you did not take the June LSAT or need to re-take the test).
  • Ask the Pre-Law Advisor and others to review and comment on your personal statements.
  • Confirm that your file with the CAS is complete.

November

  • Complete and submit your applications. Set November 15 as your personal deadline, regardless of individual schools' deadlines. Applying early increases the likelihood of admission. (Note that some schools' early-acceptance deadlines may be prior to November 15.)

December

  • Check with each law school to confirm that your application file is complete.

January

  • Have an updated transcript with fall term grades sent to the CAS.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is often required to be eligible for financial aid.
  • Obtain dates for schools' programs for admitted students so you can plan to visit if admitted (this information is particularly important if the school is out of state, as you may need to purchase plane tickets, miss classes, etc.).

February and following months

  • Evaluate and respond to offers of admission and financial aid.