Prepare

Four Year Plan

First Year
 

  • Be an active student who faculty members know as interested and engaged. Visit during office hours; attend lectures and ask questions.
  • Take courses that require critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Develop outstanding time management skills and sound academic habits. The Academic Resource Center offers help with time managements and other study skills.
  • Sign up for the pre-law newsletter.

Sophomore Year
 

  • Stay engaged in your academic life. Look for opportunities to do research in areas that interest you. Search for smaller seminar courses where you can have more interaction with faculty and peers.
  • Learn more about the legal profession by shadowing professionals, volunteering or getting an internship.
  • Talk to people working in areas that interest you. The Tufts Career Networking Group site can help you find them.
  • Join the Pre-Law Society or Tufts Mock Trial.
  • Attend Tufts Law Day on the Hill in the spring. These events bring lawyers, current law school students, and law schools admissions officers to campus for a variety of networking opportunities.

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Discuss your plans with your pre-law advisor who will help you review your interest in law school and readiness to attend.
  • Spend time going through law school catalogs and online directories to get familiar with the schools you might apply to . The ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved U.S. Law Schools is updated yearly and contains reliable data.
  • Continue to take classes that pique your intellectual curiosity.

Spring Semester

  • If you are thinking of attending law school right after you complete college, prepare to take the June LSAT.
  • Take a free LSAT diagnostic exam.
  • Begin studying for the June LSAT in a manner that best matches your learning style.
  • If you feel you will be ready for the exam, register for the June LSAT. Otherwise, wait until you are prepared.
  • Create a list of faculty to approach for recommendation letters.
  • Set up an additional appointment with your pre-law advisor for the end of the semester.
  • Attend events for pre-law students, particularly those related to the application process.

Summer (if attending the following year)
 

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

If you do not plan on applying this season schedule a pre-alumni meeting with Stephanie Ripley in March or early April to discuss your future plans.