Undergraduate Timeline

Freshman Year
  • There is no Pre-Law major, so choose something you love and can excel in.
  • Take courses with in-depth reading and writing: see list of recommended Pre-Law courses.
  • Focus on academics and develop good time management skills.
  • 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.
  • Start keeping a notebook to record your thoughts about why you want to be a lawyer and the experiences in your life that have influenced that decision. It will be useful later when you write your personal statement.
Sophomore Year
  • Continue to focus on academics and building a strong GPA
  • Take courses in logic and those that develop your critical thinking skills: see list of recommended Pre-Law courses.
  • Meet with a Pre-Law advisor and attend a Pre-Law workshop
  • 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 notebook 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 and receive score in July
  • Start working on your personal statement and have it critiqued at the Gateway
  • Consider modifying your personal statement for each school you apply to
  • Ask for letters of recommendation and/or evaluations
  • Finalize School choices
  • Register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at www.lsac.org
  • Send official transcripts to CAS using transcript request forms
  • Obtain law school catalogs, applications, and financial aid information
Senior Year
  • Retake LSAT in fall if necessary
  • Make Pre-Law advising appointment
  • Check Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report for accuracy
  • Formally request letters of recommendation and/or evaluations be sent to CAS
  • Send thank you letters to those who wrote your LOR
  • Complete and submit applications in Fall
  • File your financial aid applications, including FAFSA after Jan. 1st
  • Expect to receive admissions decisions from Dec. through the Spring
  • Meet with your Pre-Law advisor to discuss your options
  • Be sure to pay your seat deposit on time
  • Finalize NAU Coursework for graduation