JUNIOR YEAR -- Obtain Recommendations, Research, Study, & Prepare to Apply!
  • Think about your decision to go to law school and if you are unsure, research other career options.  Most law school students take time off between college and law school.
  • Pursue internships and other opportunities to gain information and experience about careers in the legal profession. 
  • Discuss legal careers with friends and acquaintances who are attorneys.  Informational interviews with attorneys are also helpful.
  • Set up a half hour appointment to speak with a Pre-Professional Advisor to review your academic progress and goals, as well as the details related to applying to law school.
  • Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at LSAC.org.  Most law schools want two letters of recommendation, typically from faculty or employers.  Begin having those writing recommendations submit letters on your behalf.
  • Begin serious investigation of law schools.  Review law school websites.  Look at each school’s profile in the Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools available for free on-line at LSAC.org and at the Academic & Pre-Professional Advising Center.
  • Research law schools by exploring websites and law school catalogues.  Visit law schools whenever you can. 
  • Attend the fall law school fairs, particularly the NYC Law School Forum in September or the Boston Law School Fair, Copley Plaza, in late October.  These are comprehensive events with many admissions deans/counselors present to answer your questions.
  • Pick up a free copy of the LSAT Registration Book in the Academic & Pre-Professional Advising Center.  The LSAT is offered four times a year:  June, October, December, and February. 
  • Visit the LSAC.org site to get information on ordering practice exams.  Investigate LSAT review courses and prepare thoroughly for the LSAT.  Practice!  Practice!  Practice!  Both Princeton Review and Kaplan are given on campus.  There are other prep courses which can be helpful, including Cambridge and Home-Study.  Check them all out if you need the extra help.
  • Begin writing your personal statement.  Revise, revise, revise! 
  • Review your Stony Brook transcript at the end of your junior year.  If it is accurate, have the Registrar’s Office send an official transcript to CAS, and make the same request of each Registrar’s Office of previously attended colleges.