Applying to Law School

Applications Resources

Determining if Law School Is For You

How to Determine Where to Apply

Preparing for Law School and the Recommended Path for Applying

Preparing and Taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

Application Process

Personal Statements

Letters Of Recommendation

Sample Resume

How Law Schools Determine Who Gets Admitted and Who Does Not

Financial Aid for Applications and Law School

Complimentary Reading Resources

USF, School of Law Admissions Statistics

Other Statistics

Recommended Path for Applying to Law School

This plan is directed towards those students who plan to attend law school directly out of their undergraduate studies. But please note that, increasingly, many students are opting to take time off between their undergraduate studies and law school.

Freshman Year (and beyond)

  • Consider career options
  • Volunteer / Work in professional law settings
  • Meet, talk with, and shadow working legal professionals
  • Explore other areas of interest
  • Develop your study skills
  • Hone your problem solving abilities
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Discover who you are as an individual

Sophomore Year

  • Investigate law schools
  • Request information from schools
  • Study published materials
  • Start familiarizing yourself with the LSAT

Junior Year


  • Begin to request recommendation letters from faculty, employers, and supervisors
  • Attend Law School Forum (usually in November in Oakland or SF)
  • Begin studying for the LSAT


  • Register for the LSAT
  • Check deadlines for Test registration
  • Look into various preparation courses and materials


  • Study for the LSAT
  • Register with LSDAS
  • Request undergraduate transcripts be sent to LSDAS
  • Request application materials from law schools
  • Begin writing personal statement
  • Take practice LSATs
  • The June LSAT exam is recommended so students avoid having to take the LSAT during the semester
  • Further investigate law school choices
  • Write a draft resume, emphasizing law-related experience

Senior Year

  • Take the LSAT – While there is a test date offered in December, we recommend that you take the October exam. For many schools, December is too late!
  • Write Personal Statement
  • Finalize resume
  • Request Letters of Recommendation
  • Compile list of law schools to apply to
  • Meet with a Pre-law Advisor to discuss your personal statement and choice of schools
  • Research financial aid options