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Pre Law Checklist


  • Choose a major and begin to explore careers in law
  • Focus on academic in order to achieve a high GPA
  • Get to know your professors. You will need academic letters of recommendation when you apply to law school and these professors will then be in a better position to write a strong letter of recommendation if they know you other than just your grade in their class.
  • Meet with one of the pre-law advisors:

    Dr. Carson Holloway
    Political Science
    Arts & Science Hall, 275
    Tel: (402) 554-4862

Junior/Summer Before Senior Year

  • Begin preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Register for the June LSAT
  • Attend pre-law workshops to learn more about topics such as the overall law school admission process, what law school is really like from a law student's perspective, what law schools are looking for to be a competitive applicant for their law school, what to include in your personal statement etc.
  • Research and visit law schools. Attending an LSAC Law School Forum is a good way to talk with law school representatives from all over the country in a one-stop environment.
  • Register and pay for the LSAC's  Credential Assembly Service (CAS)   at least four to six weeks before you plan to submit you first law school application.
  • Begin writing your personal statement. Be sure to have one of the pre-law advisors proof read your personal statement.
  • Prepare you resume for law school.
  • Begin to research financial aid options for law schools. The LSAC's "Financing Law School " is a good place to start.


  •  Meet with a pre-law advisor again to discuss your law school questions and to help your develop a good application strategy based on your GPA and June LSAT scores.
  • Request that official transcripts be sent to LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) from the registrar's office of each institution you have attended.
  • Confirm with recommenders who you have previously asked to write letters of recommendation and provide them with copies of your resume, personal statement and CAS recommender form.
  • Apply to your target law school(s) as soon as their applications are available. Apply as early as possible (October is a great time), since law schools have a rolling admissions process and your application may be more competitive if you apply early.
  • Make decisions regarding law schools to which you are accepted and/or other career options.