By: Maggie Jordan
You might have known that you want to go to law school for several years now. You might have gone to a TTU PreLaw event (yes this is an advertisement) your freshman year and gotten one of our handy dandy timelines to help you prepare. You might have been studying for the LSAT every night and sacrificed many precious Saturday mornings for every free practice test we have had to offer (yes, another advertisement.) You might have turned down every social event in college in order to study or work on your personal statement. You might have permanent bags the size of air balloons under your eyes along with no hair because you pulled it all out during a logic game. However, if you don’t get your application in on time, NONE OF IT MATTERS. Your bald, bag-eyed self isn’t going to law school next year.
You need to be aware of the deadlines early on so you can have plenty of time to get everything together and submitted. Each school has different application deadlines, opening dates, processes, and requirements. Make sure you know what you need to do for each individual school as early as possible. Figuring out that you need a transcript from every school you have attended isn’t something you need to find out two days before the application is due. The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) within the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website makes it pretty simple. You submit your letters of recommendation and transcripts one time and CAS sends it to each law school you apply to. You are then responsible for simply completing the rest of each school’s application and for submitting your personal statement.
I would guess that most people who are crazy enough to want to attend law school in the first place are the people that are aware of everything and get it done ahead of time. However, even these people can often overlook things. Talk to a PreLaw advisor, ambassador, or just anyone you know who is applying to law school and make sure you have done everything you need to do. Go to LSAC and double check that you have everything completed. You’ve done the hard part of working hard in your classes and getting through the grueling LSAT. Don’t let a misunderstanding about the application process hold you back. Yes you’re a senior and you’re graduating soon and you can hardly focus on anything for more than 5 minutes, but your future depends on this application. DO IT NOW AND DO IT RIGHT.