Summer before Fourth Year

Summer before Fourth Year

□ Continue to study for the LSAT and take it in June if you feel prepared.

□ 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 to write your law school admission (personal) statement. Remember, you need to format each statement according to the individual school’s specifications so review each school’s website to determine what that law school wants to see in the personal statement. Some schools also recommend or require a diversity statement. Talk with a pre-law advisor about the purpose of an addendum if there is something about your academic record that you would like to explain.

□ Even though it is your personal statement, have several others read your statement and give you feedback. Pre-law advisors in the Academic Advising Center/Farrior Hall and specialists in the Teaching Center at SW Broward Hall on campus are available for such assistance.

□ Prepare your resume for law schools. Visit the Career Resource Center if you need assistance with your resume.

□ Begin to research financial aid options for law schools. The LSAC’s “Financing Law School” is a good place to start. While there are some scholarships available for highly competitive applicants, most law students utilize student loans or personal resources to finance law school so it is important to look at cost factors when researching individual law schools. Other useful financial aid resources can be found at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, http://www.finaid.org/ and www.accessgroup.org.