- If you did not do so Junior year, study abroad! Keep in mind that studying abroad is not a requirement to gain admission to law school. However, it may lead to new insights and skills which render you a stronger, more well-rounded candidate for admission.
- If you plan to take time off (recommended!), research and apply for opportunities of interest at this time so you will have something set up upon graduation.
- Make an appointment to speak with Ana L. Droscoski, Esq. Before the meeting, please read “The Law School Option” booklet.
- Get the latest law school information from the Pre-Professional Programs & Advising Office, including: LSAC Action Report for Johns Hopkins University, U.S. News & World Report, Schools of Law: The Top 100 Schools and Specialties: Programs Ranked Best by Faculty Who Teach in the Field list, etc.
- Attend programming events. Notice of same will be provided via the office’s pre-law listserv, if you are registered, and can be found listed on the office website.
- Sign up for the September/October LSAT well before the deadline, if you did not take the June LSAT.
- If you have not done so already, request Letters of Recommendation. See “Junior Year: March-May” for complete guidelines.
- If a Dean’s Form/Certification is required by a law school to which you apply, please forward each individual law school form to the Pre-Professional Programs & Advising Office. Completion of a “ Dean’s Report: Law Professions Applicant” (handout in tower or online) and submission of an updated transcript is required to have a Dean’s Form/Certification completed. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the Dean’s Report carefully. Submitting the Pre-Law Questionnaire, resume, and a copy of your personal statement will also assist in providing complete information on the Dean’s Form. Additionally, a personal interview is recommended.
- If you are applying for financial aid, get the GAPSFAS form, fill it out, and mail it in. Keep a xerox copy of this form upon completion. Read individual school requirements for financial aid very carefully as changes in federal regulations have had an impact on the forms required.
- After receiving your application forms, write your basic essay(s). Take it to the Writing Center for review. If you wish, a pre-professional advisor will read the essay and make suggestions. Keep in mind the basics: length should be 2 to 2.5 pages, double spaced, 11 or 12 size font. One thought per sentence, please!
- Submit an updated resume with all law school applications. Register with the Career Center to learn how to write a resume and obtain interviewing skills. Regardless of your law school plans, it is a good idea to keep your options open. A great job opportunity might be waiting for you!
- Attend the Law School Fair in September.
- Complete applications. Utilize LSDAS online services to the fullest extent. It is an efficient way to complete several applications.
- After you receive your LSAT score (if taken in September/October) check briefly with Ana L. Droscoski, Esq., for additional suggestions regarding your school matches, if necessary.
- An early application is the easiest way to present your strongest application, as most schools have a competitive “rolling” admission policy. Target early October as your completion date if you are meeting early action deadlines. Otherwise, target early November. Always check with individual schools to ensure that these completion guidelines are consistent with school specific deadlines to which you apply.
- Begin monitoring your application file. By letter, e-mail, or telephone monitor your file at every law school to which you have applied to make sure all items (LSDAS reports, recommendations, etc.) are in and that your file is complete. If any item is missing, contact the appropriate agency/person.
- Forward your Fall transcript to LSDAS.
- Wait. If there are any problems or questions, see Ana L. Droscoski, Esq.
- If you are put on a hold or waitlisted at a school you are interested in, see Ana L. Droscoski, Esq., for strategies.
- Continue monitoring progress with schools. When you have been accepted to a school you wish to attend, notify other schools that have accepted you that you will not be attending.
- Visit the schools you have been accepted to and are considering attending!
- Pay deposit to the school you will be attending.
- Fill out a questionnaire survey for the Pre-Professional Programs & Advising Office.
- Please advise the Pre-Professional Programs & Advising Office of your final plans.
Prior to matriculating to the law school of your choice and upon graduating from Hopkins : Keep in touch and provide updated contact information to the office. You may be able to serve as a resource for future law school applicants from Hopkins . Your continued cooperation and updates will help Hopkins students who hope to follow in your footsteps!