Pre-Law Timeline and Checklist

First and Second Years

___ Meet with Dr. Kristen Coopie, Pre-Law advisor and Director of the Pre-Law Center. She can help you plan courses, and identify resources concerning legal education and the legal profession. 

___ Consider the 3-3 Early Admissions Program with Duquesne Law School

___ Seek internships, shadowing opportunities, or jobs that expose you to lawyers at work. Find out as much as possible about the life of lawyers to decide whether to become a lawyer.

___ Get to know at least one professor well each semester. They are all potential letter writers!

___ Seek leadership positions in organizations with which you are involved.

___ Find opportunities during summers that will set you apart from your classmates and help you learn more about law as a career.

Third Year

___ Practice for the LSAT. Not only is your score an important factor for admission, but it also is a significant factor for any financial aid package a school may offer you. 

Fall Semester

___ Start researching law schools online. The preLaw Magazine by the National Jurist and Max Pre-Law by Access Lex are a few of many great resources available.

___ Attend law school fairs and information sessions.

Winter Break and Spring Break

___ Visit law schools.

Spring Semester

___ Take LSAT practice tests.

___ Register for the LSAT.


___ Take the LSAT.

___ Start working on a personal statement.

___ Bring personal statement to Pre-Law advisor, professors or the University Writing Center for help.


___ Receive LSAT score.

___ Locate web-based applications on LSAC or law schools' web sites.

___ Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service

___ Consider registering for the option LSAC Candidate Referral Service, which gives you the opportunity to be contacted by law schools you may not have considered. 

___ Complete second draft of personal statement and seek feedback.

Fourth Year


___ Complete application materials, the earlier the better, especially for financial aid.

___ Don't hesitate to ask specific schools for application fee waivers if you are planning on applying. 

___ Ask professors or supervisors to write letters of recommendation. It is often helpful to provide them with a list of schools you are applying to, as well as a copy of your resume and transcript (it can be unofficial). 

___ Request transcripts from every college you ever attended and send to LSAC.


___ Take the LSAT if you did not take it in June, or if you are taking it a second time. It is better to take it in October than in December!

___ Complete last draft of personal statement.

___ Submit application materials as early as possible.

___ Thank professors for writing letters! 


___ Check to be sure applications are complete.


___ File financial aid applications. 

___ Look into funding options: grants, scholarships, fellowships, and other opportunities.