Pre-Law Advising: Apply

There is no one single path to law school. The right time frame for applying is an individual decision. Taking a few years off between graduation and applying to law school can help you be sure that becoming a lawyer is what you want to do. On the other hand, you might decide you definitely want to pursue law school because of your summer internships, networking and personal development and want to start as soon as you can.

In addition to the admissions stats and admissions timeline listed here, check out the following posts for more resources dedicated to the application process:

2018-2019 Admissions Statistics for Tufts Undergraduates Applying to Law School

Total number of applicants 109
Seniors 11
Applying 1 – 3 years after graduation 49
Applying more than 3 years after graduation 48
Average number of admissions per applicant 3.37
Average number of applications per applicant 8.78
Average of group’s highest LSAT 164.5
Average Tufts GPA 3.55

2017-2018 Admissions Statistics for Tufts Undergraduates Applying to Law School

Total number of applicants 11
Seniors 17
Applying 1 – 3 years after graduation 44
Applying more than 3 years after graduation 47
Average number of admissions per applicant 3.81
Average number of applications per applicant 9.74
Average of group’s highest LSAT 156
Average Tufts GPA 3.58

Law School Application Timeline

Applying to Law School is a long term commitment. You should begin your application process 18 months before your desired matriculation.

Year One

  • January
    Begin studying for the LSAT. Students typically take about three months to prepare depending on their study habits. Learn more about studying resources.
  • February

    Start planning for letters of recommendation. Law schools look for 2-3 recommendations.

  • March

    Continue to study for LSAT and maintain your good grades.

  • June

    Register for the June LSAT. Late registration costs more and allows for less options for site selection.

  • Early Summer
    1. Set up Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
    2. Send your transcripts can be sent using the CAS Transcript Request Form.
    3. Prepare a draft of your personal statement. Get support from StAAR Center Writing Consultants.
    4. Prepare or fine tune a copy of your resume. You may want to consult with a Career Center advisor.
  • Mid Summer
    1. Consult with the pre-law advisor to prepare for application questions.
    2. Submit your applicant registration form to the pre-law advisor.

  • Late Summer
    1. Continue to investigate law schools, visit if possible.
    2. Receive LSAT score and evaluate list of schools in light of your score; schedule another meeting with Pre-Law advisor for assistance.
    3. If necessary, register and prepare for the LSAT.
  • Fall

    Attend law school events organized by the Tufts Career Center and others to learn more about the law school admissions process and specific schools. Also, consider attending an LSAC forum. Applications open in September. Complete and submit online applications from September – November. You should aim to submit by Thanksgiving.

  • October
    1. Take the LSAT, if necessary.
    2. Finalize your personal statement.
  • December

    There is no December 2020 test date. If you plan to take January 2021 test or later be sure to check the application deadlines for each of your selected schools.

Year Two

  • January
    1. Submit an updated transcript with fall grades to CAS (graduating seniors).
    2. Submit completed financial aid forms to law schools.
  • January – June
    1. Await acceptances, rejection, and wait-lists. As soon as you accept an offer from the law school of your choice, notify all other schools in writing.
    2. Submit all dean certification forms if the school requires one.
  • June – August
    1. Review wait-list options. They may turn into acceptances or sometimes rejections.
    2. Notify the Pre-Law advisor on where you will be attending.
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