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Here's a schedule you can follow if you are considering applying to law school. For students applying this year, please also see the Prelaw Calendar for this year's specific deadlines. The below schedule is relevant for all students, applying any year.


Contents

[edit] Sophomore Year

  • Focus on transitioning into the House and familiarize yourself with the House resources for prelaw students, including the prelaw resident and nonresident tutors.
  • Focus on your academic work and finding a concentration that suits you.
  • Subscribe to the Leverett House Prelaw List, where the prelaw resident tutors regularly post announcements about Leverett and University-wide law-related events, by emailing leverettprelaw@gmail.com.

[edit] Junior Year

  • Focus on your coursework.
  • Think about when you want to take the LSAT.
  • Think about who could write letters of recommendation on your behalf and begin collecting those letters.
  • Think about whether you want to apply to law school during your senior year or whether you want to want until after you graduate.
  • Subscribe to the Leverett House Prelaw List, where the prelaw resident tutors regularly post announcements about Leverett and University-wide law-related events, by emailing leverettprelaw@gmail.com.

[edit] Senior Year

  • Decide when to take the LSAT.
  • Collect letters of recommendation.
  • Decide if you are applying to law school. If you decide to apply this year, use this Prelaw Checklist to guide you through the application process. Refer to the Prelaw Calendar on the Leverett website for this year's specific deadlines.

[edit] Year In Which You Are Applying

[edit] April - August

  • Review the Leverett House Prelaw Student Handbook and website.
  • Think about if you want to apply to law school in the coming year. Read books, watch films, and talk to attorneys about law school and the legal profession to help you decide if you want to apply.
  • Determine when to take the LSAT and register for it.
    • If you registered for the June LSAT, prepare and take the exam.
    • If you plan to take the September/October LSAT, begin preparing for the exam.
  • Request electronic applications through LSAC.
  • Think about and begin drafting your Personal Statement.
  • Update your resume.
  • Collect letters of recommendation. Remember to give letter-writers one month to draft your letter.
  • Email Taylor Lane, Cristina (Ortiz) Carapezza, indicating that you are planning to apply to law school the subsequent year.
  • Be assigned a Leverett prelaw advisor.

[edit] September

  • Review the Leverett House Prelaw Handbook and website.
  • If you are planning to take the October LSAT, register at least one month in advance to avoid late registration fees. (See [1])
  • Attend the Leverett House Prelaw Introductory Meeting.
  • Request applications from law schools and/or electronic applications through LSAC, if you have not done so already.
  • Register with LSDAS.
  • Request that your transcript be sent from the Harvard College Registrar to LSDAS and to Leverett House (or you can send a grade report, instead of an official transcript, to Leverett).
  • Think about which schools you want to apply to and begin filling out your law school applications.
  • Update your resume. Email your resume to your prelaw advisor for edits.
  • Draft your Personal Statement. Email you Personal Statement to your prelaw advisor for edits.
  • Confirm with your recommendation letter-writers that your letters of recommendation are complete. Check with the Assistant to the Resident Dean in the House Office to confirm they have sent electronic copies to the House Office.
  • Email Taylor Lane, Cristina (Ortiz) Carapezza, indicating that you are planning to apply to law school the subsequent year, if you haven't emailed them already.
  • Be assigned a Leverett prelaw advisor, if you have not been assigned one already.
  • Contact your prelaw advisor and set up a meeting for September or early October.

[edit] October

  • Meet with your prelaw advisor, if you haven't already.
  • Finalize the list of schools you expect to apply to.
  • Take the October LSAT, if you registered for it.
  • Register with LSDAS, if you haven't already.
  • Request your transcript be sent from the Harvard College Registrar to LSDAS.
  • Complete the objective portions of your law school applications (individually or by using the electronic service offered by LSAC).
  • Complete a draft of your Personal Statement.
  • Once you have finalized which schools you are applying to and which letters of recommendation you are submitting to each school, follow LSAC's procedures for submitting these letters.
  • Attend admissions visits, if interested, to gather information about law schools. See the Office of Career Services (OCS) and Leverett websites for scheduled visits.
  • Attend any Leverett House prelaw events.

[edit] November

  • If you are planning to take the December LSAT, register at least one month in advance to avoid late registration fees.
  • Mid-November is the target date for final drafts of all application materials and sending out applications. It's best to try to send out applications before Thanksgiving.
  • Receive score report if you took the October LSAT.

[edit] December

  • Take the December LSAT, if registered.
  • Attend any Leverett House prelaw events.

[edit] January - May

  • Receive responses from law schools. Many schools do not notify applicants until March, April, or even May.
  • If you receive your fall grades and you feel they will help your law school application package, send them to the law schools. You do not need to go through LSDAS to update schools with your fall grades; you can instruct the Harvard College Registrar to send your transcript directly to the appropriate law schools.
  • Keep your prelaw advisor updated about your application statuses. Your advisor, in consultation with the prelaw resident tutors and the Resident Dean, will determine whether it will be in your interest to prepare a House Letter in support of your application, which may be sent to selected law schools to which you have applied.
  • Attend other Leverett House prelaw events.

[edit] June

  • Once you have finalized your plans for the following year, notify your prelaw advisor.