Undergraduate Timeline

Freshman Year
  • There is no Pre-Law major, so choose something you love and can excel in.
  • Take courses that require in-depth critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
  • Focus on academics and good study habits: NAU provides free Academic Success Workshops, such as time management and textbook reading strategies. 
  • Sign up for the NAU Pre-Law email list by contacting prelaw@nau.edu.
  • Meet with a Pre-Law advisor and attend a Pre-Law workshop.
  • Build rapport with faculty and advisors for future letters of recommendation and/or evaluations.
  • Keep a journal to record experiences in your life that may influence your decision to apply to law school. This could be useful later when you write your personal statement.
Sophomore Year
  • Continue to focus on academics and maintaining a strong GPA.
  • Meet with a Pre-Law advisor and attend a Pre-Law workshop.
  • Continue to select courses that develop your critical thinking skills. 
  • Consider joining Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the Pre-Law fraternity.
  • Become familiar with the Law School Admissions Council website: www.lsac.org.
  • Continue adding to your journal and building rapport with faculty and advisors.
  • Learn more about the legal profession through informational interviews and shadowing.
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair and meet law school representatives.
Junior Year
  • Meet with a Pre-Law advisor.
  • Create an account on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website: www.lsac.org.
  • Prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and take practice tests.
  • Take a mock LSAT and register for the June LSAT.
  • Research and visit Law Schools and attend the NAU Career and Graduate School Fair.
  • Gain legal experience through internships or volunteer work.
Summer before Senior Year
  • Take the June LSAT.
  • Start working on your personal statement and have it reviewed by a Pre-Law advisor.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation and/or evaluations.
  • Finalize school choices.
  • Register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Send official transcripts to CAS using transcript request forms.
Senior Year
  • Retake LSAT in September if necessary.
  • Check Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report for accuracy.
  • Formally request letters of recommendation and/or evaluations be sent to CAS.
  • Complete and submit applications in Fall.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st
  • Expect to receive admissions decisions from December through the Spring.
  • Be sure to pay your seat deposit on time.
  • Maintain a high GPA and send final NAU Official Transcript after graduation.