Four-Year Advising Plans

Once you inform Academic Advising that you are a pre-law student, you will be assigned an advisor from the Pre-Law Advising Committee. Your folder will be kept in the Academic Advising office, to the left of the main entrance of Hall Campus Center.

Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Summer following Junior Year
Senior Year

Freshman Year

  • As a first year student, your most important task is to make a successful adjustment to the rigors of college and begin building a record of academic achievement.
  • Register with a pre-law advisor, so that your name is on Pre-Law Student list and so that you will receive regular mailings of information.
  • Meet with one of the members of the Pre-Law Advising Committee to discuss your interests and to learn about pre-law at LC.
  • Get to know at least one faculty member well, other than advisor. This faculty member can serve as a resource, offer opportunities for discussion of topics relevant to law and society, and later on, provide recommendations.
  • Explore and commit to a major.
  • Begin progressive work/service experience (coordinated through SERVE office) related to law interests.
  • Commit to at least one college-sponsored activity or organization. Law schools are interested in well-rounded applicants.
  • Broaden perspective by attending college-sponsored cultural events.
  • Attend Pre-Law Forum.

Sophomore Year

  • Finalize a detailed academic plan for graduation; select courses that provide research, reading/writing, analytical reasoning and quantitative reasoning.
  • Continue to build on your record of academic achievement.
  • Begin to research different law schools, information housed in the Career Development office.
  • Become actively involved in major-specific clubs and organizations.
  • Continue progressive work/service experience (coordinated through SERVE office) related to law interests.
  • Sign up with Kaplan to receive information about the LSAT.
  • Begin LSAT study regimen in the summer following your sophomore year.
  • Plan/apply for study abroad/internships to be completed during the summer after sophomore year or any time thereafter.
  • Begin to research different careers that you can pursue with a law degree.
  • Attend Pre-Law Forum.
  • Make arrangements to shadow (observe) a practising lawyer, for example an LC alumnus/a, or lawyer in local/home community.
  • Meet with Pre-Law advisor.

Junior Year

  • In the spring semester, complete application for graduation.
  • Meet with Pre-Law Advisor to discuss achievements and admission standards for law schools.
  • Continue to build on your record of academic achievement.
  • Continue to research different law schools, information housed in the Career Development office.
  • Seek election or appointment to leadership role in honor/leadership societies or organizations.
  • Complete at least one internship or internship-like work experience, related to pre-law interests and goals.
  • Complete study abroad program.
  • Continue LSAT study regimen.
  • Pick up LSAT/LSDAS registration packet; take LSAT in June.
  • Continue to research different careers that you can pursue with a law degree.
  • Attend Pre-Law Forum.
  • Prepare resume; obtain two recommendations from faculty/staff/employer.
  • Continue to meet with advisor.

Summer following Junior Year

  • Consider completing an internship to broaden career experience.
  • Request law school applications and catalogs.
  • Read the LSAT/LSDAS checklist in the LSAT and LSDAS information book.
  • Compose a schedule of law school application deadlines.
  • Visit different law schools; make an appointment ahead of your trip
  • Receive your scores from the June LSAT; obtain advice from Pre-Law Advisor to determine if you should take the test again.
  • Register for the LSDAS service.
  • Attend regional law school fairs.

Senior Year

  • Check degree audit to make sure that you will complete all requirements for graduation on time.
  • Make an appointment with the Pre-Law advisor to get helpful advice about the application process.
  • Consider completing an internship to broaden career experience.
  • Continue leadership roles in honor/leadership societies or organizations.
  • Review and revise your resume to reflect interest in specific law career, if known.
  • Write your personal statement and take it by the Writing Center for a critique.
  • In September, have an official copy of your transcript sent to LSDAS from each of the colleges you attended.
  • In September, make arrangements for your faculty recommendations to be mailed to LSDAS.
  • Take the September LSAT if you did not take it in June.
  • Attend regional law school fairs; dress professionally and bring along several copies of your resume.
  • Complete your application files at law schools by mid-November.
  • Fill out financial aid applications as soon as possible after January 1.
  • Follow up and make certain that each law school to which you are applying has a complete file for you.
  • Visit law schools to which you were accepted to help in making your final decision.
  • Send LSDAS a final transcript after you have graduated.
  • Let your LC pre-law advisor/Advising Center know of your final plans.

This plan is continually undergoing development. Feel free to send suggestions for additions and changes to Dr. Phil Stump, Chair, Pre-Law Advising Committee: stump@lynchburg.edu.